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The Woodman is a traditional London pub that has a good range of beers and wines. There is a child friendly beer garden.

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Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:30

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By Andrew M.

Nothing good about it, nothing bad about it. The Woodman offers an uninspiring choice of beers and uninspiring menu. It's really the only option if you're in the immediate area but if you're after a bit more than a couple of quick pints then you're better off going down the road to the Pig & Whistle. The big screen at the Woodman is good for the rugby though.


By Rob S.

Awful, just awful. Been in a few times since the refurb as its the closest pub to my house, I thought the pub was bad before.... Now it's simply terrible. The staff are rude and don't have a clue what their doing and as for the management, well, I work in management myself and these people would be out the door if it were up to me. The first time I went in after the refurb I was treated by the landlord threatening to knock out one of the customers because he had a dog with him, outside I might add! I then thought I'd play some pool. After making my way through the unfriendly football yobs that seem to always be hovering at the bar making it impossible for you to get a drink I put my money in the pool table and nothing happened? So I asked at the bar and was told oh that happens a lot but there is nothing we can do... Ummm, maybe put a sign up to warn people? Or get it fixed? Now onto the food, yeah it's cheap and looks great when you get a steak on a skillet BUT thismisnall for show to detract from the fact that you're getting very poor quality food. My steak was burnt beyond belief and also the wrong cut, when I asked for it to be changed I was told they only had rump in stock.. Again why not tell your customers this first? In a nutshell this pub has tried to rebrand itself as a Harvester type of venue, but until the thuggish management and locals are sent packing its just another rough London pub best avoided.


By Phlee B.

Warning - do not go to The Woodman if you want a nice meal! We went to The Woodman on a Sunday afternoon because it was the closest carvery to my house and we couldn't be bothered to drive to Toby Carvery across town. Simply put, this was most diabolical meal I've ever had, worse than school dinners. The sign outside says "great food" but don't be fooled. Let me start by saying, roast potatoes should not be chewy. These ones had an outer leathery texture with a mushy centre, and the mashed potato was more lump than mash. The other veg was bland and there was not a huge variety. The beef was dry, tough and tasteless, but the gravy was ok. The stuffing and Yorkshire puddings were also ok - but they get that out of a packet.

The atmosphere was not great, and the regular clientelle are mostly old people and chavs. As for the price, it was nearly £7 per person - more expensive than Toby Carvery and not value for money. A small Coke was £1.70. I ate most of it to be polite and quickly left. We went home and had Gaviscon tablets for dessert. Unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Worst pub grub ever - never going back!


By Noname A.

Working around the corner, I tend to be a regular customer at The Woodman. I've had no problems with service, food or drinks until today when I went in for a pre-Christmas tipple and was immediately harassed by both staff and the landlady, being accused of leaving a negative 'mystery shopper' review. Having had nothing to do with such review I was left feeling depressed and upset to say the least and can sincerely say that I have absolutely no inclination to offer myself as a customer ever again. I would most definitely NOT recommend visiting this pub with such atrocious accusations and insinuations!


By M.

An out of the way pub that could be worth seeking out in these days of financial woe.

The Venue
Amidst the unpromising industrial estates that punctuate Durnsford Road sits the imposing figure of The Woodman. A large and traditional looking pub, The Woodman is just a short walk from Wimbledon Park Station and has ample parking space for those arriving by car.

Inside, the decor does not betray your first impressions. It is furnished with light woods rather than deep mahogany, yet this is a pub that prefers to act its age rather than attempting to be trendy. Past the bar that meets you upon your entrance, is a large sun lounge area, suitable for dining or just for finding some privacy. If the weather is good, the garden at the back has a considerable amount of seating and there are also plenty of tables to the front of the pub, if you can put up with the noise from the busy road.

The Atmosphere
As a pub without many competitors in the immediate vicinity, The Woodman attracts a large and varied crowd. The sheer size of the place allows different groups to feel at home, without too much in the way of conflict.

The bar area is normally propped up by an older crowd of seasoned drinkers, while the younger generation play pool or watch sport on the big screens. It can get a bit loud during certain sporting events (especially if local favourites Chelsea are playing at home), but those wanting some peace and quiet can retreat to the more relaxed surroundings at the back of the pub.

This light and spacious area is normally a favourite haunt of families and couples, who make up the majority of the pub’s busy food trade. Here you will find dedicated staff who provide a quick and polite service that matches the warm welcome given at the bar.

The Food
The menu is without frills but provides plenty of options. There are a large range of burgers, grills, salads and traditional pub fare to choose from and plenty of desserts if you’ve got room, which might be an issue as the portions served here are very generous. The steak is particularly cooked well.

The Drink
There aren’t too many places in London where you can get change from £3 when ordering a pint - The Woodman is one of them. This is a pub that stocks the bar with its clientele in mind. There is a wider range of draught lagers available for the sports crowd with Fosters, Carlsberg, Becks, Kronenbourg and Stella all fighting for attention. The fridge is well stocked with bottles and there is an adequate amount of bitters. The Pinot Grigio is of a good quality and a standard selection of spirits is available.

The Last Word
The Woodman is consistently solid across all areas and the low prices make it worth a look. It’s as cheap as a Wetherspoons but provides a much more pleasant experience.

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