Formerly an old-school watering-hole, local brothers Robbie and Jamie Tack got their hands dirty and transformed the Green Park Tavern into the G.P.T Smokehouse - a restaurant slash bar, specialising in low and slow cooked meat dishes.
The secret ingredient in G.P.T Smokehouse’s success is time. You’ll find the likes of spatchcock chicken, pork ribs and rare beef cropping up on your menu, each of which are cooked low and slow in their American hot smoker (handmade in Oklahoma city) over hickory wood. The levels of smokiness and delicate texture this process gives each dish is extraordinary, owing to their understanding that taking things slow adds real value to depth and flavour.
They’re also pros at getting their mitts on high quality ingredients. The meat is locally sourced from farms in Wiltshire and Somerset, with a focus on keeping things free-range and organic where possible. The veg is also worth shouting about. Their flawless Sunday roasts are a real testament to seasonal produce, with vegetables grown and delivered by proper local farmer Chris Rich. You might even catch a glimpse of him delivering freshly harvested products straight to the chefs himself.
Mains aside, we’re suckers for their sweet offerings too. American-style pancakes (those real chunky ones) and waffles are regulars on their menu. Obviously the right choice is to have these with lashings of maple syrup, but there's also a choice of fresh fruit and compote if you’re trying to smash your five-a-day. There’s also often freshly baked cakes appearing at the bar, but if you want a slice of this action you’d better get in quick - these are winners amongst the locals and G.P.T staff, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
With a dedication to do things the right way, G.P.T Smokehouse has cemented itself as a hub for the local community to indulge in some excellent food and kick back with a drink. Get over to their neighbourhood and enjoy the good times.