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The Woodman Inn is a traditional style pub with a modern twist. Shane and Laura run the pub together with Shane as chef patron showcasing some of the best locally sourced Yorkshire produce in his menus and specials. A great range of Yorkshire guest ales changing weekly and a fantastic laid back ambiance make us a must for a visit. Super dog friendly and with a huge kids adventure playground in the garden, we really are a must for a visit. Pop in and give us a try.
PRICE RANGE
£4 - £17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a morning at York outlet we decided to find somewhere close to wat for a birthday meal. So glad we did! The food was amazing and the service was super friendly without being "in your face" we wish we lived closer so could go...every week! Definitely a lucky find for us!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second visit here for lunch after a shopping trip to York. Got a table straight away as it was quite quiet. Drinks were served again at the perfect (cold) temperature for lager and white wine. We ordered our mains and the landlady actually remembered us...from last time and that I had ordered the same meal (the lovely mixed grill)…it was early October the last time we came here so that is certainly a good memory for customers! As last time, good food served fresh and a bit of local background from the friendly landlady ( told me all about the ice sculpture trail in York which was happening that day). Can’t fault it!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been before but not for a while. The place hasn’t changed at all. The decor is homely and the staff are amazing. Nothing is too much trouble. Our choices were hot and well presented. Would definitely recommend

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024

Have visited this Pub many times over the years and after our son visited recently and came back with a glowing report I decided to pay a visit after a long absence and try it myself again. On entrance a smiling reception from the ladies...behind the bar was a brilliant start, there is a good range of beers and lagers on offer , myself opting for a pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord bitter which was excellent and obviously the Landlady knows her stuff when it comes to keeping and serving beers. The food on offer was varied and not overpriced and veggie options are available. I chose the Steak and Ale Pie and was not disappointed, the pie in short crust pastry was packed with meat, the chips were great along with the garden peas, in short the meal was delicious. It would probably be a good idea to ring and book a table rather than be disappointed if very busy. Good sized car park at the front of the pub and large beer garden at the rear. All in all a great venue, smiling and helpful staff, great beers and great food. What is not to like.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024 via mobile

We made a last minute booking last night and were delighted they could fit us in. It was relatively quiet when we arrived, but still had a warm and cosy atmosphere. Between the five of us we had an assortment of dishes and there was...nothing to complain about with any of them. Generous portions and mouthwatering flavours The two young gentleman who served us were an absolute delight. Extremely pleasant and very efficient. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

Dropped lucky on Saturday night (probably because there was just 2 of us ) Busy pub / restaurant for dinner It’s got a lovely cosy atmosphere and a varied menu , the starters of mushrooms and the beetroot hummus were amazing big portions Mains of...duo of beef and steak were cooked to perfection, great house red too !! FOH staff couldn’t be better Defo come back when we are in York again ,More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

We visited The Woodman as a group of 17 last night to celebrate my son’s 30th birthday. We happily paid a £5 per head deposit & pre-ordered starters & mains. The staff were happy for us to bring balloons & some table decorations & brought...my son out a birthday dessert with candles, a lovely touch. The whole evening was fantastic, the staff were brilliant, we had everything we needed & nothing was too much trouble. The food all came out together & was delicious, everyone really enjoyed it. Thank you for making our evening so special, we were able to enjoy celebrating together, while the staff managed our large group with ease. I would definitely return in future.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 December 2023

Excellent place for a family lunch. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and the food was great. Just to mention that some of the starters are quite large, so if you are a pudding fan factor that in!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

Stopping nearby in our caravan we decided to call up to Bishopthorpe. The Woodman is a gem of a pub. The landlady is very welcoming and knowledgeable. We couldn't stay for food but definitely will next time. The pie looked amazing. Highly recommend Also very...dog friendlyMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

We booked to bring my Mum for lunch but unfortunately at the last minute she was not feeling well . Husband and I decided as we were in York we would still go for our lunch and so glad we did . We had the...farm sharing platter which was amazing value with so much food from 4 thick cut pieces of Ham, sausages in honey scotch egg and an Asian beef that was so good . There were various mixed salads loads of Chunky pieces of bread and a big slice of pate that was too strong a taste for me but my husband enjoyed. I will bring my sister next time to try the fish platter . This is the 3rd time we have shared a meat platter and each time they have been different but all really good value .More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023

Tasteless pate as a starter. Did say which they took of the bill. How ever out main come total over season. The chips where covered in salt was so over power on the whole off our meals. So I said something to the staff who...took and just laughed at me. I asked why she was laughing. She said not at you at the situation. No one else said out and I’m the first to complain. Paid £40 for some break and 2 drink as the rest was t edible. Your customer service is completely shocking.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

All four of us enjoyed the food. Posh Fish Pie, Gammon, Beef pie and a sandwich and chips. Nice that we weren't hurried at all. So time to chat with our friends. Including puds and coffees we were there for 3 hours. As they say,...they don't do fast food they do good food.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Not the warm welcome we were expecting by the lady with the dark hair , she was abrupt .. bad start … the young man who took orders and brought out the food was nice but didn’t ask if anyone had any allergies which is...a standard thing for restaurants nowadays , wait for food after order was taken was 50 mins which was a bit too long in my opinion . I was looking forward to the twice cooked chips but I got some white undercooked chips … the flat iron steak seemed to be cooked well but was tasteless ,we asked for barbecue sauce and salad cream but didn’t have any and they use a pot of sachets for condiments which is a bit cheap for the cost of the meals which in my opinion was overpriced , sorry woodman won’t be returning , very disappointing PS , I didn’t complain on the night because I was in company and too hungry to send it back …More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Laura Brandon, Owner at The Woodman, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2023

Thank you for taking the time to write a second review having already posted one in the name of JacquelineD and then deleting it to replace it with this one altering your initial opening to state I was abrupt with you! You arrived 40 minutes...More

Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Booked for Sunday lunch and all had a fantastic 3 course meal. When we arrived it was really busy but we were served quickly and had our order taken within 10 minutes of sitting down. The food arrived and all was fantastic, the childrens roast...dinner was a huge portion and very much enjoyed by our 2 year old. We had a great time and felt extremely comfortable and already looking forward to returningMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 October 2023

I simply can't fault this pub other than the waiting staff's inability to engage with the eyes of the diners. My 95 year old father absolutely loved his Steak & Ale Pie, and my Roast Beef Sunday Lunch was perfection personified. Add a wonderfully curated...range of cask-ales and this 'pub' is a diners delight and thoroughly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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No! No clearly marked menu so I never had the luxury to quietly choose. I was told by the owner, I could have most dishes but without béchamel on the moussaka, without chips/onion rings with the grills, and so on. I was... More
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We took our dog. He was allowed in the restaurant and beer garden. He wasnt allowed on the restaurant furniture which we wouldnt expect anyways! Hope this helps!
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Yes, outside space with adventure playground.
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