Tuesday 18 September 2018

Community spirit

On Saturday we went for a tapas lunch at a pub that was recommended to us by our son.

We went to The Green Man at Thriplow which is just a couple of miles away from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  The unusual thing about the pub is that it is a Community Pub.  It's owned by the locals rather than a brewery or independent publican.  Apparently there were fears that it would close about 5 years ago and the people in the village clubbed together to buy the pub and appoint someone themselves to manage it.  The result is that it is a pub with an amazingly friendly atmosphere and the locals certainly keep it busy!

We chose a few things from the tapas menu, lamb kofta with tzatziki and pita bread, feta, black olive and cherry tomato salad, potato skins with sour cream and chive topping with crispy bacon and jalapeƱo peppers and then a sharing board of continental meats.

It was delicious!  Especially accompanied by a glass of Montepulciano red wine - one of my favourites.  I love the idea that the locals own the pub and any profit is ploughed back into the business.  We will certainly return - rumour has it that the Sunday roast lunches are amazing.


Jodie's Touch of Style said...

What a fabulous place. Now that's community spirit to keep it open and prosperous!!!

Ruth said...

I must remember to look it up next time we're at Duxford - I love a spot of tapas!

Maggie said...

Our local pub has been bought by 3 local business men in the village. . Early days yet. They have kept the same landlord but they also give input. An interesting venture.

Barbara Eads said...

My friend, Diane, took us for tapas our first night in Nottingham. It was so much fun to try so many different dishes. Tapas are just starting to be a "thing"here. We have two places, but they are more downtown. Now potato skins, on the other hand, turn up as appetizer offerings on many menus.

Patio Postcards said...

I've never had tapas ... but your photos show that I am certainly missing out on something quite special. Well done to the small community to keep the pub going.