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The Green Man was purchased from Charles Wells Brewery in 1991 and run as a free house by private individuals for over 20 years

In 2013 the Thriplow community took control of their local pub, and gave The Green Man a new lease of life

Back in 1991 The Green Man, which was then owned by the brewery Charles Wells, was under threat of being sold as a house with planning permission for another dwelling in the grounds.  Luckily pressure from locals prevented this and The Green Man was bought by Lawrie Childs and Roger Ward, who gave The Green Man a brighter future as a free house.


On 1st October 2012, a new limited company formed to manage the purchase of The Green Man. 71 shareholders from Thriplow and surrounding communities contributed varying amounts to ensure the pub would remain the open and have the best possible chance of survival.


History of The Green Man


The first record indicates that the pub was called the Garden and Spade from 1788 to 1793. It then changes to the Gardener’s Spade from 1794 to 1797. And then to Gardener’s Arms from 1798 to 1799. It then changes back to the Gardener’s Spade in 1800 to 1821. In 1822 it became the Green Man and the only licensed victuallers for all this time were John Chapman and his wife Mary Chapman. 


The property originally belonged to Barenton’s Manor and in 1657 is recorded as ‘1 messuage with orchard and garden and 3½ acres arable land, rent 5/-.’ By 1785 it had passed into the hands of one John Chapman, Victualler, then William Beldam of Royston, Common Brewer.


There is a mention of an auction at the pub in the Cambridge Chronicles dated 9th of May 1795, which states that goods will “be sold by auction on Tuesday the 19th of May at the house of Mrs Chapman, known by the sign of the Gardener’s Spade, at Triplow, between the hours of 3 and 5 in the afternoon”


An interesting record about the Gardener’s Spade is displayed in the Square and Compasses public house in Gt. Shelford. This record is in a picture frame hanging on the bar wall. It quotes that in 1815 Mary Chapman was the licensed victualler with a new public house at Triplow for Messrs Phillips


The following list of publicans’ names and dates come from the Parish of Thriplow polling records:


Alfred George Wilson : from 1951 to 1951. 

Derek G. Rhone : from 1951 to 1956.

Thomas Hodeson Boyle : from 1956 to 1967 

Reginald Charles Francis : from 1968 to 1968.

William Flint from : 1969 to 1969. 

Reginald Charles Francis ; from 1970 to 1972.

Margaret Francis ; 1973 to 1975. 

Robert Andrew ; 1976 to 1976.

Derek Corben : 1977 to 1983. 

Val Elliot : 1984 to 1991.

You can book a table by phone 01763 208855, by email, or face to face. Feel free to drop in and see us and we will reserve your table on the spot.

Come & visit next time you're in our neck of the woods.

The bricks & mortar of The Green Man is owned by community sharholders. The business is owned & run by Rebecca & Chris. 

The community support the pub by using it & feel a great deal of ownership over it. This is the best support a village pub can ask for.

Opening Times


Closed  - apart from Bank Holidays when we open for lunch 12noon-5pm.

Bar Open 11:00-23:00
Kitchen Open 12:00-21:00

Apart from the Tuesday after each bank holiday when we close in lieu of the Monday

Bar Open 11:00-23:00
Kitchen Open 12:00-21:00
Bar Open 11:00-23:00
Kitchen Open  12:00-21:00
Bar Open 11:00-23:00
Kitchen Open 12:00-22:00
Bar Open 11:00-23:00
Kitchen Open 12:00-22:00
Bar Open 12:00-19:00
Kitchen Open 12:00-18:00



Our menu at the Green Man may be small, but it is seasonal, daily changing, and contains lots to get excited about. All of our dishes are cooked to order and the menu changes everyday to fit in what we can source from our suppliers. 

Our aim is to deliver truly great British pub food. Good, honest ingredients, executed well, to create a menu worth talking about, and returning for.


We are known for our variety and high standard of real ales, but that's not all we're pouring. 

We have one premium lager and cider on tap, as well as many other bottled options. 

If beer is not your thing... we have a small but well thought out wine list, and get a kick out of making a cocktail or two, so there is something to suit any whim or fancy.


To reserve your table, you can call, email or drop in and speak to us face to face.

The Green Man
2 Lower Street

Phone: 01763 208855