Carlton’s corner pub has gone vegan.
Green Man’s Arms is opening its doors as Carlton’s first wholly vegetarian and vegan pub. Taking up residence in the former home of The Roving Marrow, The Green Man’s Arms is the brainchild of Alison Whyte and Fred Whitlock, whose passion for hospitality has seen them take up the reins behind pubs such as The Terminus and Yarra Valley Grand Hotel. After working the traditional pub route serving up steak sangas and parmas, the duo decided to draw inspiration from their family to establish a place where lifestyle diets are catered for in Carlton.
“We have one vegan child, one vegetarian and one omnivore,” says Fred. “As a family, we hardly ever eat animal meat protein anymore. We just wanted to create a friendly little place that is full of our crowd with a small menu full of ethical, seasonal produce cooked with love.”
Alison and Fred have teamed up with Israeli chef David Raziel for the venture, who brings an exciting talent for different flavour combinations and innovative dishes to the table. David’s menu will showcase classic pub style dishes with an Israeli, and of course, plant-based twist. Expect to see snacks like house-made falafels and Yemeni lahuh bread served with a selection of condiments such as tahini, fried eggplant and Israeli salads. Larger dishes will take the form of homemade cous cous soaked in vegetable stock with roasted veggies, or large colourful salads with fresh red cabbage, beets, onions, almonds, pomegranate dressing and a cheeky side of pita bread to soak up the saucy goodness. Desserts range from homemade halva ice cream to knafeh pastry stuffed with pistachios, pickled grapes and ricotta in one syrupy, sweet package.
Local is the star of the show when it comes to brews on tap, with a selection of house-owned beer taps that showcase the likes of Hawkers Pilsner, Stomping Ground Saison and a selection of up-and-coming microbreweries. There’s also kombucha on tap, and – for the true believers – a kombucha spritz cocktail to try out.
Whether you’re visiting for the Israeli-inspired menu or for the vegan and vegetarian offerings, the pub is responding nicely to a gap in Carlton’s current culinary market. With an inclusive ethos that welcomes any eater, Green Man’s Arms is a name to remember.