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“Proper nice local pub. Great tenants. Thank you.”
Review of The Woodman Inn

The Woodman Inn
Ranked #7 of 14 Nightlife in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This traditional-style pub refurbished in December 2015 serves a good selection of lagers and three real ales and has a great selection of spirits including gins and malt whiskies. With a pool table, dart board and various other games to choose from, there are plenty of things to keep you interested. There are also various activities and food / drink offers throughout the week and Saturday night, the singing Landlord, Mr Q hosts a top class karaoke from 8pm - the only one in Durham City. Boasting the largest (and only proper) beer garden in Durham City, which has been beautifully re-landscaped and with plenty of seating at the rear of the pub, along with an outside TV for sporting features etc. It has also been awarded with sponsorship from 'Bulmers' to upgrade the garden even further into the Bulmers Cider Garden, the only one within the area. A vibrant, colourful, attractive and relaxing area and this is a massive attraction during the warmer months. The pub offers a 'Light Bite' snack type menu throughout the day, including Toasties, Paninis, Pizzas, Burgers, 12" Sausages, Muchos Nachos etc at very reasonable prices , it also has a good pub snack range too. Although there is no designated pub car park, it's usually possible to park on the street nearby free on a weekday evening/Sunday. This is a friendly family-run pub offering a warm welcome to all its visitors.
Reviewed 3 November 2013

Walking back from Durham town centre towards our hotel, having sampled the various offers elsewhere, we just called in on the offchance, and stumbled upon a gem of a place. The first things to stands out were a well stocked bar with a choice of 3 real ales, pristine decor, very clean, and very welcoming tenants. Being members of Camra we were keen to try the real ales on offer, and were well pleased with the quality of all three of them. It was noticeable that the handpull pipes were being kept in tip top condition. Good banter with Neil & his family simply confirmed their tireless dedication to ensuring the very best offering of drinks, snacks, & a spot-lessly clean venue. This was just as evident in the toilet facilities. The only point of interest was the sit-down gents cubicle door which had two security devices - 1, a bolt with no hasp, & 2, a hasp with no bolt :-) thankfully, the customers were friendly & made us strangers feel quite at home from the start. The drinks prices were very competitive. Their games room was well attended. After a busy second day around Durham, it was a no-brainer to call in again on our way back to our hotel. All in all a very pleasant proper local pub experience.

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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The beer garden really is the stand-out attraction of this pub - grassy, fairly large, and a lovely place to sit in the sun. It lives up to their claim of 'best in Durham'.

Inside, the pub is pleasant enough, without being exceptional: down to earth would be a good description I think! Worth travelling up from town for on a sunny day, otherwise would only recommend if you were in the area.

2  Thank cuccir
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Having climbed the hill from the centre of Durham on a warm afternoon 21st June I was pleased to see the Woodman and happy hour. The landlord was welcoming and the Fosters cool and refreshing. The beer garden extensive and pleasant.Only a short 2 pint stay but I recommend this as a good English Pub

2  Thank arry72
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Went here for a few drinks New Years day and had a good time - karaoke on.

Landlord fantastic. Taxis wanting to charge £10 for a taxi into centre, about .5 miles away so landlord took us in his own car.

1  Thank Drunkraffles
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Reviewed 31 December 2012 via mobile

In a former life this pub was apparently not the place to go for a friendly drink, but new landlord Nigel has certainly turned this place around. Great offers, great selection of drinks - just wish we lived closer....300 miles is a bit too far to get a taxi home on a Saturday night! Thanks for a great night Nigel

Thank MrsKush
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