The Woodman Inn

4.5
196 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Comfort Food
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.
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KH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch highly recommend family friendly

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k
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked for Sunday lunch purely on (good) reviews as we were having an overnight stay in York and wanted a lunch on the way in to York. Can only agree with all the good reviews we had read. Although the restaurant was full with an assortment of diners, including families with children, the service was prompt, friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble (i.e requesting beef not too pink and gravy in a jug rather than ready poured on the meal). The meal was excellent and served with individual dishes of assorted fresh vegetables.
Prices were reasonable for the quality provided and the only possible minus being the price of the tonic to go with a Gin (only 20p less than the Gin)
Enjoyed the meal so much that we returned for a late(ish) lunch on our way home from York.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All was good except the staff did not know how to pour a beer

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well prepared food. Good portions. Very organised. Excellent swift friendly service.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great portions. Friendly welcome. Will definitely come back

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RS
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant suprise. The quality and service since our last visit has improved a lot and we will definitely return.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited here on sat night. thought it would have been really busy but was really quiet. The food was really nice and the restaurant lovely and clean. Disappointed that we felt the staff wanted to finish the food early, we booked for 8pm, mains were deliver ed just as we finished starters and by 8.45 were told if we wanted a dessert we needed to order before 8.45, cramming a meal in or what!!! We were the last ones in at 9.30 we felt the staff were waiting around for us to go, they were friendly about it tho. Would visit again but book earlier to eat. Other wise a lovely meal

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CH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Lovely place, clean, friendly and had a lovely family atmosphere. Would highly recommend to anyone. Chocolate orange brownie was heaven and not sickly at all.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had heard amazing things about this place, we were seated and served fine, when food arrived i asked for more gravy, my husbands mashed potato was minute, asked if that was usual so was given some more, did not receive the gravy, didnt ask again out of principal, the pies were good but not to the standard of the hype.

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JR
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly nice Sunday lunch. There was lots of gravy which was delicious and rich with perfectly cooked beef

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PB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,great staff and service well priced 4 Adults all emptied our plates would highly recommend.

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PF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff were very helpful, food was good, nice atmosphere.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We ate there last weekend. Service was only average, the waitress wasn't very attentive and we had to remind her to bring plates and drinks we had already asked for. She seemed too preoccupied chatting with a local at the bar and the other waitress. Food was good.

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M
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited the woodman for Sunday lunch. The food was fantastic I had beef and lamb :) service is very friendly and excellent.
Definitely will be coming back 👌

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m
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit here in 4 years during annual New Year's Eve trip into york.10 mins drive from town. Nice pub,fantastic ,friendly service,food excellent quality, I haven't found a better steak and ale pie anywhere,and believe me I've tried plenty!!

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MH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and the service was excellent! It was also great to be able to take my dog along too.

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CF
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

At last a pub/restaurant within walking distance worth eating in. The service and ambiance were good and the food very tasty and well presented.

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PG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always quality food & service at the Woodman. Thanks very much.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually great food but on this occasion it was barely warm. Disappointed

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B
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited vegetarian options poorly executed, nice venue and attentive staff.

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JP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My friends and I had our Christmas night out at The Woodman. The weather outside was atrocious but the welcome was warm and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The pub seemed to be unusually quiet on the night we went (have been before several times and it's always been very busy). This did not spoil our evening. I would definitely go back and recommend to others.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Staff had good awareness of food allergies !

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LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff were friendly and attentive and the environment was relaxed. More gluten free and vegetarian options on the menu would certainly enhance the overall experience.

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S
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Visited the Woodman while staying at Middlethorpe hall it was just a short 15 minute walk situated in a lovely village.
We booked the table arrived early and seated straight away.
A lovely friendly waitress took our order the food was out promptly it was all delicious and reasonably priced. We would definitely recommend this quaint Inn for lunch or dinner.

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ID
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very scrummy Sunday lunch with all the usual tasty bits! Really family friendly. We visited with two 18 month olds and we all had a fab time. Will be visiting again

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u
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large portions, delicious food, very helpful and friendly staff. Recommended

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LA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Sunday lunch is the best! The quality of the meat and produce is such high quality. We will be back.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just go. You will enjoy it promise

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GR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Steak deal was excellent, one of the nicest steak meals we have ever had.Thoroughly enjoyable evening, spent with friends.

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A
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We come here quite regularly for Sunday lunch with living in the next village, whenever friends or family visit we bring them here, never had a bad meal food is lovely, always greeted with a smile by staff, and can have a laugh with them, which is quite unique nowadays with moody staff at so many places, so your made to feel welcome there's always a good atmosphere too. I always enjoy my meal whether it be from the menu, or a Sunday roast, however this time I tried a pudding from the specials board, and I have to say its probably the best pudding I've ever had in my 56 years, bread and butter pudding with a generous amount of Bailey's on, it was fantastic, we are going back with my brother and Hua wife in 2 weeks and I really hope it's still on the board.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday Lunch at the Woodman and the best bread and butter pudding we have ever had!

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c
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a meal at the woodman with a group of friends for our anniversary on the 22nd November.
The food was lovely, not one complaint regarding the starters and main courses althoug one or two of the puddings were a little disappointing. overall we had an excellent night. Thank you

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A
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Warm, welcoming, friendly family atmosphere. Outstanding value and outstanding home grown apple crumble with custard surprise. Would recommend The Woodman to all.

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CF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 1st time of coming here and we will defiantly be back! Amazing Sunday dinner, friendly staff and good atmosphere. Would defiantly recommend

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S
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent Sunday lunch and although the pub seemed busy when we arrived, we didn't have to wait long for our food, and the staff were attentive and very pleasant. A great experience, and good value too

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W
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Randomly selected The Woodman to catch up with friends in York at short notice the same evening. Easily booked a table for 8 through the website booking system and received immediate email confirmation. Excellent value for money and large tasty portions! Thoroughly recommend.

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RG
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good evening for a birthday party of five. The food was excellent if on the slightly pricey side, but was plentiful and very tasty.

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A
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We come here quite regularly when various family and friends visit us, every single one as enjoyed the meal and surroundings and tell us how lucky we are to have such a great place on our doorstep. Staff are always helpful and friendly, the Sunday lunches are brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone. It's especially cosy in the winter months.

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BA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got there 20mins early but table was ready. Friendly and efficient service from the staff. Sunday lunch was excellent. We will be back.

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ML
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Generous and tasty. Service was great with s human touch.

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