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Woodman, Wimbledon Park

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More of a grill bar restaurant than a pub really but has three ales on and a reasonable atmosphere inside. Run by the Flaming Grill Co which tells you what you need to know - reminiscent of Ember Inns' offerings also, e.g. the Queen Adelaide in Ewell or the North Star in Hook.
rainlight - 29 Mar 2016 18:18
My first ever visit here on a Tuesday afternoon to meet a friend and the first thing that greets me on entering is the strong smell of food, it’s not that overpowering but it’s much more than just noticeable.

3 ales on draught which were Fullers London Pride, Thwaites Wainwright and my choice which was Otter Amber Ale...not a bad pint but not the best I've ever had.

Fairly busy with most punters eating (probably hence the smell!). One barmaid on who was polite and efficient.

The Woodman is a large pub that is nicely decorated and with a decent garden to the side. Not the most exciting pub in the world but it’s alright and not as bad now as the last review which was over 3 years ago.
lezford - 23 Jul 2015 14:44
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.
VansLondon - 12 Mar 2012 13:38
Went here one day over Christmas 2008. Lunch time too, so not necessarily a typical experience.
Police notice on the door was asking for witnesses to a murder at the pub the week before. Inside it seemed quite nice pint of London Pride. Obviously had a party the night before as bits of streamer, silly string and a roast potato on the floor. Cleaner on Christmas hols? Food is good value and good portions. Basic pub grub difficult to fault, anything else and you may not get what you expect e.g, Nachos come with grated cheddar cheese, not proper Nacho cheese. Large car park and outside area.

GEPC - 19 Jan 2009 15:15
Have been a regular for several years, going every thursday for the Jam nights with my dad since I was about 15, for the first time in the 4 years I have been going has the issue of ID been raised, we were all there watching the music, although I am 19 some of my friend's siblings weren't and were asked to leave, despite the fact they were not drinking, and definitely not making any sort of undue noise or disturbance. The manager was very rude and did not seem to realise the this pub for a long time has always been reknowned as a family pub. It took the guy who runs the Jam session to sort it all out, very upset!
bluesboy - 7 Dec 2006 14:02
just re-opened after a bit of a paint job.unfortunately had teething troubles in kitchen so had to stop taking food orders. bit annoying but i'll try again next week. also the carvery has gone!!! bring it back, it was the best thing about the place on a sundat.
afcgazzard - 20 Nov 2006 08:51
Not a bad pub has a bit of a chavy element to the punters but there is generaly a good mix of people. The sheer size of the place means that there is plenty of space.

The bar staff are usually very friendly and its the cheapest pub around - you get change of a fiver from two pints!
hannibal - 26 Sep 2006 15:38
Had lunch there today & waited half an hour for the food to arrive (this was a combination of my freind ordering roast chicken & there appeared to be only one person serving food). Nevertheless this incident wouldn't deter me from returning as it's a nice location with a pleasant atmosphere, considering it's on Durnsford Road.
Notasaffa - 11 Jul 2006 21:47
Surprised by scowley's comment as have seen many a dog in the Woodman, namely the one that appears to be the landlord's as it's always behind the bar! Not quite sure what's going on there then...Regardless, it's an entirely acceptable pub, probably bordering on good! The dartboard, pool table, and quiz machine makes it more interesting than most, and the food is tasty and very reasonably priced. The staff, too, are very friendly, and has a lively atmosphere for sport, mainly football (and mainly Chelsea!). Great to have as a local, though may venture to the Pig and Whistle also if I was after a catch-up chat or a relaxed evening. The Woodman's all about having a few pints before venturing into Central London via the District Line later on...At that game, few can beat it!
jlairdo - 19 Jun 2006 10:15
Been using the Pub off and on for nearly 10 years. Today was asked to leave halfway through my second pint on the grounds that I had my dog, Guinness, with me and dogs were barred because they served food! Two points; virtually all pubs serve food without discriminating against dogs and secondly there were no notices that I could see, nor could any of the other regulars, stating discrimination against dog owners. New management obviously required
scowley - 11 Feb 2006 18:33
I would have give this place at least 8 out of 10, the
music on a thursday was great, the beer was good.
But sorry to say the Scottish manager who looks after this place is the rudist man I have ever come across in all my drinking years - I will NOT re-visit this place
billybass - 2 May 2005 17:16
What a fantastic pub!! It has great atmosphere, friendly service and good food! Def worth a visit!
jemima - 5 Mar 2005 09:30
Nothing good about it, nothing bad about it. Uninspiring choice of beers, uninspiring menu. It's really the only option if you're in the immediate area - but if you're after more than a couple of quick pints you're better off going down the road to the Pig & Whistle. The big screen is good for the rugby though.
MrLash - 15 Dec 2004 11:41
My local pub and it's fabulous. Friendly staff, wonderfully cheap and tasty food, and good beer. Everything a good pub should have is here - give it a go!
Anthony - 26 Oct 2004 17:47
What can I say about this pub, a great pint of Bom-bard-iar! The beers wet, the foods warm! Plenty of it also for a big lad like myself! A cracking pub.
Big Jon - 6 Feb 2004 15:32
Rugby supporting pub which is a pleasant change from the soccer-supporting hooligans in most english pubs.
Good atmosphere and friendly service.
Warren - 7 Nov 2003 11:24
I was there and had such a good time, friendly staff and lots and lots of beer
chappy Louw - 21 Aug 2003 12:24
Needs a good lick of paint, but does have big screen I suppose.
anonymous - 21 Jul 2003 13:43
part of John Barras franchise. Traditional English Pub with a friendly Antipodean content. Lovely Beergarden.
Shelley - 16 Apr 2002 17:28

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