Nestled in the heart of Carlton on the corner of Lygon and Elgin Streets, is an enchanting new pub from hospitality veterans and well-known artists Alison Whyte and Fred Whitlock. There’s not a parma or steak in sight as the Green Man’s Arms is completely vegan and vegetarian, with an Israeli influence thanks to head chef David Raziel.
After running several renowned pubs including The Terminus
in Abbotsford and Yarra Glen’s Yarra Valley Grand
, Whyte and Whitlock were ready for a new meat-free direction.
“While we loved the YV Grand, we had to give the local people what they wanted because it was one pub town. And while we offered lots of really beautiful, healthy, well cooked meals, what most people wanted was a parma. That doesn’t reflect what we as a family eat,” says Fred.
“We have one vegan child, one vegetarian and one omnivore. As a family, we hardly ever eat animal meat protein anymore. We just want to create a friendly little place that has food that is fast, fun, fresh, affordable, delicious and healthy. A place that is full of our crowd, our crew. With a small, beautiful menu full of ethical, seasonal produce cooked with love,” he continues.
Whyte and Whitlock have approached this latest venture with a deep sense of generosity. Together with talented young Israeli chef David Raziel, they have created a menu full of ethical and flavoursome produce.
The Green Man’s Arms’ take on pub snacks includes house made falafel made to a legendary secret Jerusalem recipe; and the Yemeni lahuh bread – a pan-baked soft, fluffy tortilla like bread made to order with a choice of falafel, tahini, pickles and parsley; fried eggplant, soft egg, Israeli salad and tahini; or green beans, mushroom argue and fresh creamed corn.
Mains include a grilled vegetable salad of beets, red cabbage, onions, almonds on labne and pomegranate dressing with pita bread; and house made cous cous with rich vegetable stock and roasted veggies.
Patrons will be tempted by desserts such as home-made halva ice cream, and fresh ricotta wrapped in crunchy knafeh pastry with pistachios, pickled grapes and syrup.
In another departure from the regular pub model, Green Man’s Arms owns all of its beer taps. Instead, enjoy a pint or share a jug of local craft brews such as Hawkers Pilsner, Stomping Ground Saison and Holgate Mt Macedon Pale Ale.
“I love the rise of the micro-breweries. Beer and wine made by start-ups with passion and independence. We want to support that. I’m sick of the big duopoly of the big beer boys,” says Fred.
Also on tap is kombucha, so designated drivers don’t have to miss out on a refreshing fermented beverage. Kombucha also finds its way onto the cocktail list in the kombucha spritz.
The wine list, similarly populated by local producers, is completely vegan and features interesting drops such as De Bortoli’s Vinoque Yarra Valley Nebbiolo Rosé and Lobethal Road Pinot Gris from the Adelaide Hills.
Open 4pm-late every day, Green Man’s Arms is set to become the new local for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. The down-to-earth venue and its quietly impressive ethos is a welcoming space for all to enjoy the affordable menu of fresh Israeli pub grub among friends.