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Peel Forest Cafe and Bar

Welcome to our slice of heaven – a place where laughs (and beer) flow freely, the food is moreish and the atmosphere is one we hope you’ll fall in love with.

– Mike and Kelly

Peel Forest is located along the foothills of the Southern Alps by the Rangitata River near Geraldine and Methven in Mid Canterbury.

The nearby Peel Forest Park, covering 773-hectares, is managed by the Department of Conservation and is a remnant of a forest once covering much of mid-Canterbury. The wide range of walks and tramps available in the park attract visitors to the area, along with the nearby Rangitata River which lures fishers, canoeists and rafters.

Live Music

Music is a big part of our lives and we love to promote Great Musicians from NZ and beyond.

Most of our music nights are free and all music lovers are welcome.

NZ has a great range of musical artists and Geraldine and the rest of Canterbury has its own Hub of artists. Our aim is to act as a showcase for all of the talented people that we are lucky enough to have living in and visiting NZ.

February
23  Jas Josland

March
01  Thompson Springs
10  Carmel Courtney
24  Lil Chuck one man Skiffle Machine
31  Boru

April
06  Little City Duo
14  Mollys Remedy
28  John Sanchez Lloyd & Phil Doublet

We get a lot of questions from customers asking us about our name and why the Green Man, so we thought we'd share a little more detail!
No one is really quite sure where the myth of the Green Man comes from, but it is believed to be a Pre-Christian symbol who heralds Spring after a long winter and the renewal of lush vegetation. Symbols of the Green Man are common throughout medieval cathedrals and churches in Northern Europe, and are often seen staring down from roof timbers (like these pictured). From the 17th Century onwards The Green Man became a popular name for pubs in Britain, their signs often depicting a man of the forest that soon became popular in May Day celebrations as a character called 'Jack in the Green' often seen with Morris Dancers.
For us it's the perfect name considering our location in beautiful Peel Forest, Matt’s english heritage, and the fact that like those British pubs we're all about making people welcome in a home away from home. Come on by and check us out 🙂
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We get a lot of questions from customers asking us about our name and why the Green Man, so we thought wed share a little more detail! 
No one is really quite sure where the myth of the Green Man comes from, but it is believed to be a Pre-Christian symbol who heralds Spring after a long winter and the renewal of lush vegetation. Symbols of the Green Man are common throughout medieval cathedrals and churches in Northern Europe, and are often seen staring down from roof timbers (like these pictured). From the 17th Century onwards The Green Man became a popular name for pubs in Britain, their signs often depicting a man of the forest that soon became popular in May Day celebrations as a character called Jack in the Green often seen with Morris Dancers.
For us its the perfect name considering our location in beautiful Peel Forest, Matt’s english heritage, and the fact that like those British pubs were all about making people welcome in a home away from home. Come on by and check us out :-)

 

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Love it! Even recognised my favourite Green Man pub photo from when I lived in Kent... ahhh! The boozy Sunday afternoons... www.greenmanpub.com/

Off to the UK this weekend will try to remember to photo any Green Man pubs we see. Oh and drink some Greene King.

Pilton Green Man Festival here this weekend

Do you sell Green Man beer 😊😊

dont forget green man festival in uk:)

Love it all make perfect sense ❤

Just might do that. 😎

Iooks good

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3 days ago

The Green Man at Peel Forest

Matt's Mail to Messy Instagram count is approaching 200 followers, and we're stoked so many out there are taking an interest in our shots from the rural mail run up the Rangitata Valley, whether online or on the walls of the cafe. Head over and follow the Mail to Messy feed and we'll shout a coffee to the 200th follower if they're also a liker of us here on FB. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Magic pic😍

Mike, our resident chaffinch, was hanging around again outside the cafe so we thought it was only right he sampled a bit of our delicious Roast Beef and Swiss Cheese sandwiches for critical feedback. He’s more of a bread man but you can try them yourself at The Green Man, we’re open Tues-Sun from 8am. ... See MoreSee Less

Mike, our resident chaffinch, was hanging around again outside the cafe so we thought it was only right he sampled a bit of our delicious Roast Beef and Swiss Cheese sandwiches for critical feedback. He’s more of a bread man but you can try them yourself at The Green Man, we’re open Tues-Sun from 8am.

 

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Coming to see Mike the chaffinch and the rest of the team on Wednesday! Roadie to Peel Forest 😊

We were in the cafe at the weekend Loved the atmosphere- great hosts Will definitely be back!!, loved the food even the lime milkshake🤣

Thanks for checking out the food for us Mike! Little legend.

Love it !!

Kelly Joiner - Named after Mike! 😉😊

Gorgeous 😍

That looks del. 👍

Jason McLauchlan

Cherry Hart

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