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The Woodman

4.3
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170 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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Casual
We are pub (rather than restaurant) and one of the finest pubs for food, drinks and entertainment in London.

We serve freshly made, seasonal, British comfort food. Creative dishes as well as British pub classics all executed to a high level.

Our team offer table service and aim to let you relax into your experience while we look after you. A wide choice of drinks available including 6 real ales on tap, a well explained wine list, cocktails, martinis, huge choices of gins, spirits, hot & cold drinks, soft drinks and much more.

We have seating inside for upto 120
We have seating in a heated outdoor terrace for 70
We have seating in our beer garden for 240

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 170 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShazR
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Lovely service from staff, especially Anouk. Nice food and great outdoor space.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were happy to return to our dog walking local. I was impressed with the staff and procedures in place. The inside was empty so I felt happy using the facilities. As someone who has been shielding it felt good to get out again and enjoy a cold pint. Table service was good as fairly busy. My dog was treated as the princess she is and enjoyed her cooked sausage treat she always had prior to lockdown. The special lobster spaghetti was very enjoyable.

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PhilS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waited an hour and a half for food which when it turned up was ok - not great. Would come here again to have a drink but not to eat.

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vipn6gold
London
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We went on an ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ evening....big mistake.
Restaurant was busy.
Busier than the kitchen could cope with.
Food took 45 minutes to arrive. It was luke warm and poorly prepared.
We didn’t send it back, because we were really hungry and didn’t want to wait another 45 minutes.
We asked to see the dessert menu.
Our waitress said there was no point in ordering a dessert, because the kitchen couldn’t cope.
We paid the bill and left......never to return

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MummyS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was really disappointing. It felt like
Frozen food that had been heated up post lockdown and really cheap ingredients. Prawns and prawn burger tasted like they might be off...

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DebJ
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely garden despite the main road , lovely friendly service & good quality good value food & drink - had a really lovely evening and definitely return

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victoriat
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Expensive for what it was. £90 for 2 adults, 2 kids, one glass of wine each no desserts.
No roasts left by the time we ate (dinner on Sunday) and our kids didn't fancy the rather babyish kids menu without roasts so they had adult burgers which pushed the cost up. Service was forgetful, although understandable at the moment. Nice sitting outside.

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MartinaC
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I spent a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon with friends outdoor and it was lovely. Service was very friendly and quite fast. The food amazing. Definitely I will come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
19 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the nicest beef burger, with oignion rings delicious

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HemangM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impecable service during a busy night with the beer garden full. Tilly our waitress was attentive and welcoming!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
25 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor space. The food was nice but very expensive compared to the amount of food actually served.

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LLLouiselewislondon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully designed beer garden, excellent menu and food truly outstanding. I had the tuna. It was delicious. Thank you.

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BethenT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff. Nice atmosphere. Good choice of food. Good social distancing applies.

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Toasty
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Social distancing was appalling, two members of staff lent over me at the table and it was completely unnecessary, staff were regularly closer than 1m to me and each other. They had also sold out of 90% of their menu, including all Sunday roasts, but didn’t tell us until after we had ordered drinks. It was our first visit after walking past this place many times and we had much higher expectations.

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BethenT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. We were very well looked after and it was a great first time out since lockdown began! Thank you.

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StephenC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Reserved a table however I was given a table outside. This normally would have been fine however it was very windy and raining so had to sit with my coat on.

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RoslynB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was a good menu and decent wine list. Atmosphere slightly lacking but this is bound to be the case given the current situation, the pandemic issues hovering over everyone. I don't like being near an open door and didn't like the door being kept open all evening.

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LaurentG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s our local pub and we love it. Probably on the upper scope price wise but totally worth it. The garden terrasse is also great when the sun is out. The platters to share are lovely.
Very good service.

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Arac
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

The Woodman has great outdoor seating for summer, even when raining.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing outdoor patio, excellent vibe.

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vipnewsman
London
55 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the Woodman. The outside terrace is amazing. The staff are also great... especially the lovely Laura who looked after us, and our pup Flash, amazingly. It's such a gem this place. The menu is varied, the portions are big. It's not fine dining, but for a pub it's lovely.

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DanielG
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and helpful and friendly service. Recommended..but save a table for us!

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MaryF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so lovely to be back, my first meal after lockdown had to be a Woodman burger!
Social distancing worked really well, felt very relaxed.

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Khakha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Given the new guidelines in place meaning far less customers - why is the service subpar?? we were sat at the back, under a tent, which meant that none of the veryy young, and inexperienced, staff paid us attention. We waited 30 minutes before we could finally order a drink. I had my hand up in the air like a schoolchild asking a question multiple times before we could catch someone’s eye - we did consider walking over to interrupt the chat 2 waitresses were having. Multiple attempts to order a second drink and food, the bill alone took asking 2 waiters.

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DavidS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable and relaxed meal at a not-too-crowded foodie (dare I say gastro?) pub where Highgate meets Muswell Hill.

Food was well served and tasty: good choice of beer and very pleasant serving staff.

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CarolineJ
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our food and the atmosphere was nice. The staff seemed very stretched and run off their feet. This caused a mix up in that we ordered as a group but one member of the group's food came first and she had finished before we all even received ours. There was also a mix up with cost. We were charged for an extra drink we didn't received and an extra meal that was given to us by mistake and was returned. However it still appeared on the receipt. We would definitely come again as we all had a lovely time and empathised with the staff during these Covid conditions.

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Rudbell01
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Well organised garden service! Attentive table staff ! Great experience !

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

lovely beer garden, food was delish - could have had faster service when taking food orders, drink orders - but understandable with Covid safety practices in place

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silvia
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice food, if a bit pricey for what you get. Nice staff and lovely atmosphere.

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eatingout
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good sunday roast, excellent vegetarian wellington. Staff were very helpful in very new circumstances. Good social distancing and attentive service. Good music. Overall v good experience with one or two glitches that I’m sure will be sorted our over time.

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Marsh23
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food and setting. Highly recommended!

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vipHappySushi
London
33 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service can be massively improved - the young people were nice but had no idea what they were doing, they were not trained on customer service and basics were not met. They don’t know how to service when families are in: they forgot to provide the children menu, forget to offer a pillow to smaller children clearly too short for the table - when they were clearly available I had to take one - gave the kids drawing menu without the crayons, drop a glace on one kid, and serve one of our plate 25 minutes after the others (we were done) - they clearly forgot to send the order and send the wrong one first. Upon leaving, no gesture, no realisation, no attention to details. Appealing for a usually lovely pub with an outdoor terrace. Food very average.

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Mariana
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just can’t fault anything with that pub! Love it 😊

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AlexG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were great, felt amazing to be back in a pub. Thank you!

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ClaireB
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great. Food was excellent. Evening time we ate inside but cold by the door as it’s open so people don’t have to keep touching it... miss the sofas and the back dining room lacks warmth in the decor but that’s social distance dining :( Always a great night and we were well looked after by v friendly staff. Def recommend.

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DeniseB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pub, staff is always welcoming, food is great and the atmosphere is lovely, my favourite place in north London

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Sunday
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great to be back! Service still being worked out a bit, but everyone was helpful and respectful.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Staff tried hard. However basic safety/ hygiene procedures not implemented in line with their statement. No sign of anybody including ourselves being provided with hand sanitizer. Cutlery not sealed but just wrapped in napkin. Menus not disposable and no way of knowing if they were cleaned as already on table. We had to ask a group of people to move away from our table- they were standing drinking beside us with no attention from staff.
We had two meals. The fish and chips were fine. The sausage and mash (£13:50) consisted of 3 sausages laid on top of some tasteless mashed potato. (To be fair there would have been peas but my friend asked for these not to be included. There was also gravy)
I was most surprised to discover that the pub adds service charge. This was removed by waiter after he asked us if our food had been alright.
I would not eat their again. I would go for a drink, but not until pandemic risks significantly reduced.

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SimonS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was all pre prepared nothing fresh but it was first open after lockdown..

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Unimpressed
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was disappointing. The quality has decreased.

FAQs

The Woodman does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. The Woodman also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8340 3016.

The Woodman is rated 4.3 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.