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Pub looks as if it's only half finished but still a decent place to have a drink. Locals very friendly and the juke box is excellent - possibly to keep Tom Waits drinking there. Beer all blonde except London Pride, which slipped down well. What raises this place out of the ordinary is the cheery, chatty barmaid who made us feel very welcome. She was so good we could even forgive her for recommending we visit Burghley House. £18 to get in and they want you to pay for a guide book? My arse.
Kenny260556 - 22 Jul 2017 21:29
For our tastes the beer choice was disappointing; two by GK, Hobgoblin, Fullers Pride and Wherry but the saviour was Stoney Ford's Sheepmarket Supernova Straw which was superb. Friendly pub. Currently no food as kitchen being worked on.
Steamer1 - 15 Jan 2017 09:53
Totally deserted on a Friday lunchtime, however atmosphere seemed ok. Nice selection of beers. Brewsters Decadence very pleasant.
Aztecgoat - 25 Nov 2016 21:24
Sorry below should read......OAKHAM'S CITRA
bjbrummiejohn - 1 Dec 2015 12:52
The user rating for this pub says it all - superb!!
I was here last Saturday just after 1.00pm and just a couple of others in.
They have 10 hand pulls with 8 for Ale and 2 for Cider.
Of the selection available one of my favourites OKHAMS CITRA was on.
It was as excellent as ever as I quaffed down a couple of pints (£3.00 a pint)
Would liked to have stayed for another but time was not on my side.
bjbrummiejohn - 1 Dec 2015 12:50
Nice pub with a decent range of local ales. Ok service.
baxterfish - 17 Nov 2015 20:50
Popped in yesterday at midday on a rainy Tuesday lunchtime. No-one else there, but the pub would have a good atmosphere when full I should imagine. Castle Rock Harvest Pale tasted good. Unfortunately , they only do food on Saturday lunchtimes, so I drank my pint, which was good, and headed back into the rain.
anarchobeer - 19 Aug 2015 03:41
A good choice of beers including local micros but Castle Rock was not as good as it should be and 2 stronger beers, an IPA from Revolutions and a stout from Nene Valley were not up to standard. Loud rock type music being played on the juke box on a Saturday night. Not the place for a quiet drink.
Rocky53 - 30 Sep 2014 10:16
My late grandfather had a grocer's on Scotgate between the wars and later. The Green Man was his watering hole.

Military bands would parade up what was then part of The Great North Road, and he'd amuse himself by tossing the odd stale grapefruit into the tuba and so on.

After hours pints would be passed from pubs to adjoining premises, through holes in the cellars' walls.

There's a pear tree he planted in the yards, and it was fairly huge, last time I looked.

I'm pleased to read the GM's still going strong. I hope I get chance for a snifter before long.
eddybeer - 16 Sep 2013 02:08
A good friendly pub with great atmosphere and plenty of fine real ale well recommended.
glennon37 - 13 Apr 2013 02:59
What a great find last night. 5 decent ales 3 of which were tiny microbreweries like Newbie Wyck and Abbeydale. Brilliant Landlord who knows his beers and keeps everyone entertained. Will be my first post of call next visit to Stamford
theposh - 13 Feb 2012 20:22
Just had the one on the way back to the B&B.
Asked what a particular beer was like, barmaid didn't know or particularly care.
Anyway the two we had were excellent and the place was a typical boozer which suits us fine. Choice of about five.
Richardhuddleston - 2 Aug 2011 22:29
Well-appointed and pleasantly spic and span pub on the main road north out of town to the A1. Good mixture of people using the pub and though ESPN sport monopolised a big screen (silently) on a Saturday night, this did not detract from the chatting mixed pub clientele. The staff are efficient and the beer quality exemplary, as well as interesting in its variety. Does accommodation - consult their website. Worth a visit if in the town or en route on the nearby A1
Arctium_lappa - 28 Jan 2011 00:09
One of my most frequent port of call in the town - an ever-changing choice of 7 real ales with 3 regulars and 4 guests, many from small and micro-breweries. Usually also a selection of several real ciders and perries. Two excellent beer festivals annually, with "inside" beer from handpumps and the cellar and "outside" beers from a bar in the beer garden. Recent news that the long-term landlord Tony Shilling will be leaving soon is a worry - will standards be maintained after his departure?
Stamfordian - 14 Jun 2010 13:23
Visited the Green Man during it's recent beer festival. Love the place anyway, but with the beer festival going on the place really exceeded itself. Friendly staff ( who knew about the beers on offer ) and a friendly atmosphere. Almost goes without saying that the beer was in excellent condition. The place was heaving on a saturday lunchtime, but the staff were totally in control. Can't recommend highly enough.
nmckenn - 4 Apr 2010 22:30
Brilliant beer festival with well kept ales from bar, outside stillage and cellar runs. Good food and great company too. Friendly pub. First one on a pub crawl yesterday, so couldn't linger.
gillhalfpint - 4 Apr 2010 10:12
A decent pub located a few minutes walk from the centre of town, but worth checking out. Attractive stone walls, a large vaulted ceiling in the rear bar, real fire and juke box all add up to a convivial atmosphere. Friendly barmaid.
The only cider on the bar was Scrumpy Jack which was a bit dissapointing. Having ordered that, I then found a "specials" board with rather more interesting choices on it. Apparently these are all kept in the cellar, and were, on this occasion - Thatcher's Cheddar Valley, Biddenden Dry, Broadoak Perry, Broadoak Moonshine and Weston's Old Rosie. A splendid selection.
Similarly good range of beers - Deuchars IPA, Highlander, Pride of Oxford, Centurion Ghost Ale and Netherton Cross Border.
I believe this was Peterborough & District Camra's pub of the year in 2008.
Blackthorn - 10 Feb 2010 09:33
Popular pub with a good half dozen or more ales available from local breweries. The pub has three letting rooms and the friend I was with stayed here for 25 a night. He reported the room was good value although not en-suite.
A good drinking pub which seems to attract more locals than tourists, probably because it is a little way out of the town centre.
Grailhunter - 3 Sep 2009 17:12

Called in here whilst travelling around the UK. A good old English Pub that I wanted to experience with some good ale.

An added bonus ..... The Landlady is very fit !!!!
THORNHAM - 21 Jul 2009 04:40
Late review from October when we came into Stamford to revisit some of the best real ale pubs. Were not disappointed, and enjoyed our Humpty Dumpty and Tydd Steam beers.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 12:18
Visited this well respected establishment with great expectations, first on the Thursday before the May bank holiday and again on the holiday Monday.

I'd heard nothing but good things about this small, basic boozer with its strong emphasis on micro ales, and arrived on Thursday hoping to find an exciting and varied range of ales; evidently I'd mistimed my visit though, as the selection was limited and included a couple of nationals.

My partner and I sampled a quick half each and found the condition to be reasonable, however we didn't stay for another due to the very limited options.

On my second visit I found the atmosphere very different - the pub was very busy (it was a bank holiday evening and the sun was out, so no great shock there), but the crowd seemed a rather unsavoury lot; we stayed for one half in the (decent sized) beer garden, where we were glared at by hard-looking blokes with tattoos and dogs. It felt more like drinking in the beer garden of a city estate pub than a pleasant Stamford ale house!

That said, my partner has visited the pub on numerous occasions and never encountered such an atmosphere, so this may have been down to the sun!

We sampled 2 ales, Nethergate's April Fool and Foxfield's Yellow Cascade. To my surprise both were very green and hazy and certainly not ready.

Overall my first impressions have been less than hoped, however I will be visiting Stamford again and intend to give this place another chance.
Young_Camra_LE3_Crew - 9 May 2008 13:48
Beer festival on so full of hairy people clutching pen, paper and halves of fruity ale. Busy but quick service. One of my pints of lager was flat but apart from that it's always worth popping in for a pint or two if in the area.
Lyncroft - 24 Mar 2008 17:40
Twice annual beer festival always fantastic.Beers always great and a marvellous B&B too!
nottmcol - 19 Feb 2008 15:17
One of Stamford's best real ale houses. Totally unpretentious, basic but clean and with an always inspiring array of beers from micro's far and wide. Always a very really varied clientele. If you're going to go, make it sometime over this coming Easter weekend as they've a beer festival on and I've seen the beer list!!!
TerrysJessica - 3 Apr 2007 12:39
Great Pub - always an excellent selection of beers and ciders and a buzzing atmos. One of the best in Stamford, if not the best. Cheers.
brunoteixeira - 7 Oct 2005 22:01
A good local pub that welcomes everybody.
TeeeCeee - 19 Jan 2005 19:59
The beer Festival was great
verry friendly people and very nice bartenders
Mike - 29 Sep 2004 21:20
This pub has everything anyone would want for a good night out. A full range of beverages from real ales & ciders to bottled beers from all over the world, the lardest range of soft drinks i've ever seen for DES and a fantastic hospitality. Always service with a smile that makes it very hard to leave.
Bram - 29 Jun 2004 11:40
Keith you are so right, I must have over enjoyed my beer.
Beer Festival from Good Friday until Easter Monday 9 April to 12 April.
See you there.
TC - 1 Apr 2004 14:15
Agreed, great pub,it's been my local for years.It has won Pub Of The Year and Gold awards from P'boro CaMRA.
Beer Festival coming up 2nd weekend in April 2004.
PS, It's Tony Shilling not Dave :)
Keith - 4 Mar 2004 02:08
So this gem has not been found by anyone else? Or don't they have computers in Stamford?

An excellent local that welcomes outsides with open arms, 5+ beers 4+ real ciders & standard beers and foreign beers ... Need I go on? Obviously I need - Support this pub - only 20-30 mins from Peterborough. Always friendly amd children are welcomed.
Tim - 12 Feb 2004 13:17
Beer Festival next Week-end 12 - 14 September.
David Shilling now also owns the Willoughby Arms in Little Bytham 5 miles away
Tim - 8 Sep 2003 11:21
Very pleasant pub. Have live bands. Cosy.
anonymous - 31 Aug 2003 12:02
A Small local pub with 3 separate drinking areas and a beer garden. 6+ Beers and normally 3+ Ciders served from the cellar.
Runs 2 Beer festivals a year Easter & Autumn.
Only 1/2 hour from Peterborough.
Tim - 28 Jul 2003 13:16

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