The Woodman Inn

4.5
156 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
The Woodman Inn is a traditional style pub with modern twist, wonderful stained oak beams lace the ceilings, and local artists showcase their work on the walls. The open fires and cosy snug help to create a relaxed atmosphere and welcome people to sit and chat over a drink and light bite. The dining area has both intimate and large dining tables perfect for a lovely meal for two by the coal burning fire or friends getting together for a celebration and unique dining experience. All of this is topped with a beautiful oak bar stocking draft beers, fine wines and every month a tasty selection of locally produced guest ales. Round the back of the pub is a sun trap beer garden where visitors can enjoy a drink and snack under a beautiful aged oak with a secure children's play area. The Woodman Inn is located in Bishopthorpe about 5 miles from York city centre.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Food Service
Monday - Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5.00pm - 9pm
Saturday: 12pm-9pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

Drink Service
12pm-11pm
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Phone number
01904 706507
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Phill Upton
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Private Party Facilities
Would need to be above 70 people or more for exclusive hire - weekends Mid-week - negotiable.
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Catering
Traditional pub food with a modern twist
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Parking Details
Car Park to the front Street parking available
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Public Transit
local city bus route Number 11 - Bishopthorpe
Number 21 - York/Appleton
Roebuck/Colton/Bishopthorpe/York
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
What 156 People Are Saying
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JJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening meal. Staff were brilliant, friendly and attentive. Asked the right questions regarding food allergies and nothing was to much trouble.
Lovely hearty food brilliantly cooked steaks. Desserts where substantial and stunning. We will definitely go again.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend were staying in Bishopsthorpe for the night and decided to try out this local pub, booked a table for two and were seated in the window, service was efficient and friendly, the food was divine and fresh (we saw a chef pick some rosemary from a plant outside for our Camembert), we will be visiting again if we are ever nearby.

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AL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly family run pub, excellent food and service. Local and nice decor. Nice outside space and seating.

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LS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service would highly recommend for all occasions

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HB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab as usual good home cooked food. Friendly atmosphere great staff highly recommend.

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CG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice food, attentive and friendly staff. Menu varied and small meals catered for.

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LP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Bishopthorpe is extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful pub in the Woodman!! The food is very good and the beer is kept well. Phil and Victoria are to be congratulated on creating such a good dining/drinking experience.

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RP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not keen on too many people knowing how nice this place is as may have a problem booking next time!!!

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KR
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The most gorgeous Sunday lunch in Bishopthorpe! The roasts are very reasonably priced for the massive portions you get, everything is cooked perfectly and the staff were very friendly. My only minor criticism would be that as we were sat by the door and it was a wet and windy day, we did feel cold each time someone came in or left. Overall I would love to return!

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NC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great and overall would recommend. The only thing letting it down was the service after our pudding. We waited 20mins after finishing and no one came, despite the table next to us getting and finishing their main and being cleared up in this time. In the end we went to the bar to pay. We actually really enjoyed the pudding and with the good value sized portions we were going to ask for the leftovers to be boxed up- but we gave up on this- just a shame as the food was lovely.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and atmosphere at the Woodman were very pleasant and just what we were looking for in a casual Sunday lunch with friends. We were seated next to a large group of people who became quite loud soon after they were seated, but this was to be expected at a busy period.

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OT
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very good food the meat was delicious! Would definitely recommend if you are in the area!

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GL
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find, lovely place and lovely food. Would definitely go back.

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GE
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Thai green curry was very very salty but otherwise overall experience was fine

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DP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service always a warm welcome!
Great home made pies

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent Sunday Lunch with good portion sizes and speedy service

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IS
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food from an original and diverse menu. Great service and surroundings. Just one thing... Wobbly coasters (ruined my evening ;-) Highly recommended!

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday lunch with parents and 2 children. All enjoyed, with great food and excellent service.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, brilliant children’s playground, the owner even went and got our kids when the food was ready. Good value, friendly and relaxing would recommend to anyone

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DL
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is THE place to eat if you are looking for good, honest food at very reasonable prices in a family run, friendly environment where - after just a few visits - you are treated like an Old Friend every time you return. Can't fault the place, absolutely top notch!

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IG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, top marks!
Friendly service, very polite and attentive.

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m
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Second visit here, food was ok but felt it was better last time, service to start getting a drink the food order been taken was as it should be, friendly greeting etc. Three of the meals were not really enjoyed by the group, i enjoyed the wedges style chips but one of the party didn't maybe an option between this style chip and normal chips should be an option especially when you order fish and chips. Service after the mains did take a nose dive we ordered puddings which arrived as they should, and the waiter went off to serve another table of diners, only for us to realize we had no spoons or forks for them! so we had a five minute wait while the other table were served to get them not very good the waiter should have made sure we had them before moving on. Then i asked for the bill which arrived and they had missed all the main dishes off so was about £75 below what it should of been. So i pointed this out to the waiter who didn't seem to understand he thought we were saying we had been overcharged! so i had to go the bar to sort it out and pay the correct amount. I have to say the blonde girl serving on was brilliant and couldn't apologize enough for the mistake, and seemed as though she was having to take the lead in restaurant and didn't seem to stop working. So overall a little bit disappointed. But it didn't spoil a nice evening

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JP
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were very disappointed, the chips had skins on which my husband cannot eat and when he asked if any other type of chips available the assistant went to ask and we were told “no sorry about that”
My lasagne tasted very salty , I like salt but it was as if the chef had tipped the whole pot in. When I mentioned this , i was told the same”oh sorry about that”
Ladies toilet handryer not working and no paper towels .
The chef visited the toilet whilst my husband was in and left without washing his hands.
We paid our bill of £78 and we never got our change back.
We have eaten here on several occasions and always been very happy but I am sorry to say we won’t be visiting again in a hurry.

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CH
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Father's Day and the service was outstanding along with the food. Loved it.

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C
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time for Sunday Lunch, but been before for weekday lunches. Great choice of menus, Excellent Service, all with a smile. Arrive early to park!

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CB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This pub never fails. Great meal every time. Large portions and excellent quality. Well worth a visit

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AH
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

We have visited 4 times now when we go to see our daughter at university in York. Excellent service and excellent home made food . We will be back .

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D
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the credit card terminal proplem's (Visa issue, not the Woodman) the whole experience was 100%. My wife, daughter (7) and myself had a great table, good food and drinks. Great area outside in the rear garden form children to play in good weather. Friendly staff.
Well done Woodman, we will be back.

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AN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really really nice food, great atmosphere, again lovely team of staff. Make you feel very welcome. Would highly recommend.

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JW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Made a booking to celebrate son's birthday & chose The Woodman because of the large outdoor play area for our grandson , aged 18 months. Sadly, the weather ( first significant rain in about a month !) put paid to that idea. Table was set as agreed, including high chair & our order was taken after a short wait. Meals duly arrived & everyone was pleased with their choice. Only one problem, the " birthday boy" had been forgotten ! This was rectified pretty quickly ( server had forgotten to order two of the same dish ) & we were on our way home in time for little one's bedtime.
A very pleasant experience with attentive, but not over fussy staff. Would happily return again, if only to sample the kid's play area !

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A
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been quite a few times since we moved to next village away, mostly for sunday lunch, food is always fantastic, and this time they had their new menu out, i had a trio of sausages with parsly mash was really nice, to be honest i couldnt make my mind up what to have, so many things i liked on the menu as well has the sunday lunch of course, always friendly always efficient always a good atmoshere and always a nice meal, we will be back again shortly

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some new items introduced to the menu and found to be excellent, along with traditional dishes. Try the new Thai curry and keep the steak offer for two persons in the choices! Desserts also great.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Woodman is a big favourite of ours, it ticks all the boxes - amazing food, excellent service and a really warm welcome. This Sunday we went traditional and had the beef and the leg of lamb, both cooked to perfection. Loads of different veg from cauliflower cheese to carrots with star anise plus loads more. Yorkshire puds and roasties were delicious and then there was lashings of gravy. What's not to like

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SB
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up for a Family Sunday lunch. The food was very good and the Woodman Inn was a lovely place to eat in.

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A
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is probably our 4th or 5th visit since moving close by, love the food and ambience, and the service is quick and friendly, we particularly like the sunday roast where you get lots of meat and giant Yorkshire pudding and scrummy gravy, nice variety of veg too. will be back soon

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OT
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Lovely well presented food. Wonderful flavours and home cooked. Service a little slow- mains arrived but our starter plates had not been cleared. Unfortunately gluten free items are not marked on the menu so the waitress had to keep going back to the kitchen to ask what was suitable.
We were seated next to a really loud family with poor behaved children so ours was not a relaxing experience but hopefully if we visit again it may be.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Good, tasty food well presented. We cancelled another restaurant to return the next day!

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LT
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from the guy that served us. Food was lovely. Will be returning

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RW
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the woodman on a few occasions & they never disappoint. The food is beautiful and its overall a lovely place to go and eat at. Great atmosphere, lovely staff. Cant recommend them enough.

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CS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food that was very tasty. Ambience was good and service excellent.

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