The Woodman Inn

4.5
137 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • 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.
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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Area
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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 137 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

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

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2.0Dined on 29 June 2018

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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1.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

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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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Excellent service, nice ambience. Food very good. Had Brie and black pudding starter, both excellent. Steak and pie main, steak excellent, pie crust too hard but otherwise very good. Service goes above and beyond. Will return

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Really lovely place, outstanding food and great service.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Very attentive waitress, great service & lovely food.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

We first visited The Woodman months ago as we were considering moving to the area, and we were so impressed by the place, the amazingly friendly staff, and the fab food with huge portion sizes.. that to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary, it seemed apt to go back! I honestly can't think of a bad thing to say about the place! The menu is hearty and made with love, with lots to choose from on the menu. Atmosphere is so nice, welcoming everyone with open arms.. even as outsiders at the time, we were treated like one of the local families! We will continue to eat there regularly, and will ensure any visiting friends or family also get to experience it!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Tasty home cooked food at great prices, and a lovely relaxing atmosphere,
Staff are always happy and helpful,
we love the woodman inn and will definitely be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Went for my wifes birthday with our 3 sons the service and food were excellent would highly recommend the steak and ale pie both me and my wife ordered it.The staff were all excellent with little waiting between courses will defiantly be back.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Brilliant place and the staff are lovely. Well worth a visit xx

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

The Woodman Sunday Lunch is superb. The best in York.

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

A very good lunch, with quick and efficient service, friendly staff and delicious food!

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

The Sunday lunch was tasty, plenty of meat and nice roasts but again it could have been much hotter, vegetables were a long time coming. Good service overall and would probably go back.

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

We had the Sunday roast, good wholesome plentiful food. Been numerous times and it’s been good every time

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Relaxed friendly staff, good food, comfortable atmosphere and easy parking

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Great food! Great service and value for money. Well worth a visit any time!

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4.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Not the greatest of selections on the menu, however the food was excellently presented and tasted as good as it looked

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

This was a lovely friendly place, young waiter who served us was so nice and friendly. Lovely atmosphere and we didn’t wait long for our food which was wonderfully presented. Thanks for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on 25 January 2018

A very suitable meeting point for a friendly meet. Very friendly staff, very efficient even though busy at the time. Great selection of wholesome traditional English food; good alternatives for those not wanting 'chips with everything'.

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5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

First time at the woodman inn we had Sunday lunch and it was lovely and I have no qualms in recommending it to anybody.

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4.0Dined on 7 January 2018

Very nice Sunday lunch, plentiful choices and all the dishes we have tried were very good.
Best to book at busy times.

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5.0Dined on 7 January 2018

Excellent all round and probably the best Sunday lunch in this area, and we have tried most of the local places. Generous portions, well presented, well cooked and tasty along with a friendly service. We will definitely be back soon.

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