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The Green Man

UK England West Midlands Warwickshire

Church Road, Long Itchington, Warwickshire CV47 9PW

A tiny pub campsite that's far more than just an afterthought

Some pub campsites can be very disappointing: even if the pub itself is lovely, the portion allotted for camping is all too often an unloved crisp-packet-strewn patch of ground. Not so at the Green Man, where, over the last few years, landlord Mark has transformed the tatty green he inherited when he took over the pub. What once was only suitable for holding the annual village bonfire is now a beautiful little patch of countryside. Damsons and an enormous old plum tree circle a picnic table, itself tucked into a little dell beneath which runs a narrow and incredibly lazy stretch of the River Itchen. There’s a miniature woodland walk through the trees and each spring a figure of eight course is mown through the high cow parsley. Meanwhile, free-range hens of every hue and shade scratch and strut their way between the tents.

Long Itchington is the self-styled Real Ale Capital of England and it’s a claim that is difficult to dispute. It has six pubs, which for a pretty standard-size village is a remarkable feat in itself, and half of them (the Green Man included) feature in the Good Beer Guide, while the other three also serve real ale. There’s no food at the Green Man, but a fish-and-chip van stops outside the pub on Friday nights at 7:30pm and comes highly recommended. Furthermore, all five other pubs in the village serve food and are a short stagger away.

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Perfect pub pit stop

We went on a Friday night to escape London after a busy week. What a perfect escape! Went straight into the pub for a few, down the road to a different pub that does food (£5.95 fish and chips were unbeatable value!) then back to the Green Man to chat to the landlord and lady until late. 
The field is immaculately kept and the stream at one end very pretty. No showers, so best stick to one night stays if you're campers like us. We will definitely be back.
Jun 20, 2015 by sallybrown13

Small but perfectly formed

We spent a delightful bank holiday weekend in nestled under the shade of the trees in the Green Man’s lush back yard, and quickly fell in love with the surrounding area, notching up many miles (and ales) as we strode the nearby canals. Mark the publican is extremely welcoming and a great help in pointing out good walks – and of course a dab hand at pulling a pint to help you unwind at the end of the day. 

There’s a common theme coming through in the review and that is beer – we managed to visit no less than seven local pubs on our first afternoon. Long Itchington is a fantastic place to sample real ale with many local brews on offer. 

The only thing to be aware of if you're using public transport is that buses don't run on Sundays or bank holidays (as we discovered!). Still, if you get stuck, you can tackle the six-mile walk from Leamington Spa - a lovely scenic walk straight up the canal where at the right time of year you can fill your face with wild blackberries and blueberries. And don’t leave without buying some eggs from the Green Man’s magnificent hens and bantams to take home as a delicious souvenir of your stay…

Aug 29, 2013 by Jen
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