Sunday Roast Review: The Green

August 26, 2010

The Green
Clerkenwell
Roast Sirloin, Crown of Chicken & Pot Roasted Pork
£12.95
Roasting: 8.1/10

I’ll admit, I’ve been slack in the roasting department lately. Very slack. Not by choice, however. Its been a very busy month. Industry Boy’s stag weekend kicked it off with a wheelchair and a mankini, followed by a small affair the next weekend called a marriage (congratulations again my son, we’ll miss you) after which he buggered off to Thailand with his beautiful wife and hasn’t been seen since. Renardo and The Sweet Fiend have been pursuing careers in excessive weekend boozing over in Finland, while I even managed to get over to Krakow, which I haven’t shut up about since. Yes it really is that good.

However. In between all this excitement, I did manage to squeeze a roast in. One measly, pathetic roast for the month. I realise people need regular roast updates. And I apologise for leaving you in the dark for so long. The life-giving meat juice of the weekend was staunched, however now it shall flow, my pretties. Plus The Green is probably wondering what the hell happened to their review.

Twitter is great. Not only can I find recipes for the best beef rendang I have ever made, but my procrastination levels have reached an all time high, and the increase of my knowledge of completely useless yet highly entertaining bits of information has expanded quicker than a fart in a lift. It really is amazing.

Of course, by following predominantly food folk the other good thing about twitter is the recommendations of where you should and shouldn’t go to eat. Which is how we found The Green. (Thanks, Jen725).

Sat on a cozy little corner in Farringdon, this little beauty of a pub has enough tables outside to fairly easily secure a seat in the sun. I called ahead to book as we were 8, I would advise doing the same as it got a lot busier when we left. I think I have had a beer in here at some point, possibly before going to Fabric. In fact, I am pretty sure Renardo came here after a saturday night bender to try and eat a roast, even though he couldn’t actually see.

One of the first things I noticed was that the service at The Green was bang on. We were promptly asked if we would like some tap water for the table (perhaps we did look that hung) and our rather expensive Konig Ludwig’s (£4.20) arrived very quickly indeed. It is this kind of service I wish we got every sunday, especially after a late night when all you really want is to be spoon-fed into a roast induced coma. It really makes all the difference.

On the menu it states the food takes at least 20mins as it is freshly prepared. Our food took exactly 18 mins. We know because we timed it. I thought that was pretty fresh. This sunday the lads went for the full selection, 2 pot roasted rack of pork, 1 crown of chicken and 5 beef sirloin. There was also a vegetarian option of cauliflower and macaroni cheese – we’d love to see this as an addition to the veg.

Stuffing an overloaded fork into my gob, I found a mouthful of rich porky flavour, the golden brown band of crackling was light and airy – hard to fault. I’d like to know who their butcher is. Combined with the bed of creamed cabbage and mustard produced a beautiful flavour, and the soft textures just begged to be wolfed down as fast as possible. The apple sauce was a nice balance of tart and sweet, although I always seem to forget about it as I am too busy stuffing face.

We had some comments of the beef being too tough, and some comments of it being just fine. The steak sized slab oozing pink juice in the afternoon sun looked excellent to me, and I didn’t find it was overly tough, but then my mandibles are highly decorated in the art of roast devouring. Tough or not, the flavour was just right. The chicken sidestepped a fate of PRDD, although only just as the outer perimeter was erring on the side of overdone.

In proper banquet style, our vegetables arrived in 2 huge earthware pots, coming out swiftly after the food. One piled high with potatos, the other 3 shades of green holding buttered cabbage, runner beans and sweet peas. And if you really are a fat bastard like Renardo or myself, you can even ask for more. Yes, you read that right. Unlimited vegetables.

The veg themselves were great. I prefer crispy duck fat potatos over any other style, but that’s not to say these were bad. A lovely crust of golden spice sat around the soft edges, leading into an even softer interior. Fluffy goodness all over. The greens were some of the best I have had. A superb selection of runner beans, spinach and sweet peas, and just blanched enough to bring out the colour yet retain that lovely fresh crunch. Absolutely delicious.

Gravy was a bit of a sore point unfortunately. With Industry Boy out of action again we were left to own devices, the overall consensus was that although the flavour as ok, it was just far too watery. Gravy needs a bit of thickness to help with adhesiveness, there’s nothing like prepping a hunk of meat and spud with a thick coat of meaty juice before shovelling it into your eagerly awaiting mouth cave. Unfortunately, this gravy would just not stick. It did come in a very large jug though.

I suppose I should mention the interior, and the atmosphere, or ambiance. Worn wooden tables, chairs and floor seem to be the default furnishing at any ‘gastro pub’ these days. Chalk boards behind the bar, an animal head here or there, some bottles with candles and the odd funky lightshade. It’s not that I don’t like this style, or that it looks bad, it’s just that it seems to be pretty standard. But this is just my slightly jaded opinion. And besides, we don’t come for the furnishings. We come for the roast.

Generally we were extremely content with The Green. £12.95 was price point perfect, the staff were great and the location is spot on. You can wander up to exmouth market afterwards for a lazy beer, or, depending on which weekend it is you could even pop down to Fabric for one of the ridiculous On & On afternoons. You might even just catch Renardo in there.

With some fresh faces over from Oz it was a perfect introduction into the sunday roast. The meat was great, vegetables are always best when you can help yourself, and having the option of free refills means you don’t have to worry about Renardo scoffing the last spud. I’d be very interested to know whats on offer nearby, as we left feeling that The Green has definitely set the standard for the surrounding area.

Meat ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8)
Potatoes ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8)
Veg ★★★★★★★★★★ (10)
Yorkshire ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7)
Gravy ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ (2)
Serving Size ★★★★★★★★★★ (10)
Menu Variety ★★★★★★★★★☆ (9)
Service ★★★★★★★★★★ (10)
Atmosphere ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8)
Value for money ★★★★★★★★☆ (9)

Overall Roasting: (8.1/10)

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4 Responses to “Sunday Roast Review: The Green”

  1. Lizzie Says:

    UNLIMITED VEGETABLES? I love.

    Really glad you enjoyed the beef rendang recipe.

  2. ScottyG Says:

    Just stumbled across your blog via google, was looking for a place to have a sunday roast tomorrow and the green has sealed it. Thanks!


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