Our favourite local hangouts sometimes come and go sadly, you just have to be hopeful that something better might come along in its place. But when one local pub in the English university town of Leicester closed up shop, it didn’t exactly find new management and change up the menu or décor. When The Green Man pub went out of business, not only was it abandoned, it was sealed up underground, where it still lies buried beneath a shopping mall.
The Green Man in Loughborough was a popular local pub decorated like a Medieval castle with large wall murals depicting knights and life in the middle ages. The murals still remain, as well as the benches and the bar complete with dusty beer glasses.
The drinking hole closed its doors for the last time in 1993 when its entrance was walled up during renovation work on the shopping centre. It currently lies beneath four retail shops and can only be accessed by a hole under in the commercial centre.
A former DJ for the pub submitted some old photos to the local paper, taken at the Green Man between 87-88 …
As for a find, it’s not exactly the Amber Room, but I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. If I get friendly enough with Parisian restaurant managers, I’ll usually end up asking them if I can see their basement.
Wow, that sounds a lot worse when I write it down, but trust me, with Parisian cellars, or ‘caves‘ as we call them in French, there’s always a small chance they’re hiding some pretty interesting secrets.