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About Us

Situated in the small village of Leighton Bromswold, this traditional pub has been here in one form or another since 1253.

 

The current Landlady, Toni Hanagan has worked tirelessly over the last 28 years to  provide a warm friendly atmosphere which never disappoints! Wether you're here for a drink with friends, a meal with the family or our locally famous home-cooked Sunday roast you can be guaranteed to enjoy yourself.

 

A quick look through our many TripAdvisor reviews will easily cement in your mind the standard of food on offer - hearty, honest and plentiful fayre. The resident cook, Bill Bennett (previously of The White Hart at Bythorn) always strives to put in that little bit of extra effort to ensure you definately wont leave hungry!

 

Complimenting the food selection is our comprehensive range of liquid refreshment. With everything from no less than 4 Real Ales, to a fine choice of spirits and on to even a glass of Ginger Wine (or Red's, White's and Rose's for the less adventurous) . Whatever it is you're in the mood for, we can most often satisify your craving.

 

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1990 - 2016

"Delightful local in charming village location not far from the Northamptonshire border. The Green Man provides a congenial focus for a small village community and attracts vistors from a wide area for good food and an interesting ever changing selection of real ales."

A bit of History

A chap called Walter Terry held land in Leighton Bromswold and in 1253 granted it to Thomas Terry, who promised to maintain an inn in exchange for rent. In medieval times, the pub was referred to as ‘The Blind Pig’ and retained that name for at least 4 centuries.

 

The pub was closed down on various occasions however no details of why were recorded apart from ‘a drunken time preventing godly, fruitful and rewarding engagement of labour clearing the brook’ recorded in 1310. (Maybe people just liked to have a good time...).

 

The pub was one of the first in England to be licensed as an ale and gin house on 27th January 1650 and the building has remained licensed for over five centuries since.

 

The Little Inn, as it was known in the 19th century, was struck by lightning on 12th October 1821 causing some destruction to the pub. It was then repaired, as the majority of the exterior walls were saved. (sadly, distress was caused to a dog within the village).

 

The pub sign was rather large with quite a rude figure of a peasant in green holding a hoe. This was located opposite the current entrance on an old iron framework which was removed in 1941 as scrap for the war effort.

 

Well into the 20th century the pub was integral with the local shop that was situated where the restaurant now stands.

Landlords and landladies to date

1624 -1650 Thos. Margold

1654  Geo. Cumberland (this was when the building was first re-built)

1814 Geo. Shirlin (imprisoned)

1850 John Dalton

1853 owned by church commissioners

1869 William Dorrington

1875? Robert Sisman (pub/ blacksmith in the back yard)

1900 George Sisman (left in 1928)

1931 William Cullan (Huntingdon Breweries)

1936 George Stickler (and shopkeeper)

1973 Colin Lord (still alive)

1988 Toni Hanagan (Still alive)

More tradtionally english than a chicken tikka masala.

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