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The Woodman, Wimbledon Park, SW19

222 Durnsford Road
SW19 8DR
Phone: 02089460274

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Flaming Grill (Spirit Pubs)

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Woodman

I paid my first visit here the other day since it reopened following a major refurbishment. It's nothing like its previous incarnation - you wouldn't know it's the same pub. It's now a fair bit smaller as extensions to the original building have been removed in order to maximise the houses and flats to be built on the pub's land. It now has reclaimed (or possibly distressed) boarding on the floor and comprising the modern bar counter. Everywhere that brickwork can be exposed it has been exposed, and the shelving where the bar back should be is more planking supported by scaffolding. I wonder if the scaffolding here is some sort of homage to the fact that all around the pub is to become a building site when they start to build 11 flats and 7 houses on the previous pub car park and garden respectively?

Oviously it's now a smaller pub than its previous incarnation - both internally and externally. instead of the pub garden we know have a few picnic benches on gravel to the side of the pub. I wouldn't call it a garden as there's nothing growing there. Furnishings inside are the usual - a couple of sofas, tall tables/tall stools, and some normal tables and chairs. I say normal, but in fact the chairs are pink plastic jobbies, just like some of the tall stools.

But on the plus side the real ale is an inprovement. They had on Doom Bar as their regular, but they also had on Sambrook Wandle, and invariably one from the By The Horns Brewery, and at the moment it is Hopadelic at £4.50 a pint. They also had a range of keg stuff, including a couple from Goose Island, which I guess is entirely appropriate bearing in mind the Goose Island mural on one of the walls. I didn't see any menus during my late lunchtime visit, but I did see some food being delivered to another table.

I don't care for the exposed brickwork that was never meant to see the light of day when it was put there, and which now seems to be the design feature of choice for pub refurbishments these days - but that's just my personal opinion and maybe other people think it looks good. But overall it's got the potential to be a good pub, even if I don't care much for these totally modernised pubs. It will be interesting to see how it gets on when it's surrounded by a building site.

On 2nd June 2019 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Woodman

This is a basic routine suburban pub, probably 1930s but potentially older, Brewers Tudor outside but with a characterless modern madeover interior, swirly carpets, stripey seats, big brash lampshades, lots of oranges and browns, a bit like a 70s Habitat. Part of the Flaming Grill chain, lots of people eating the cheap meal and drinks deals and an overwhelming smell of ketchup and vinegar. The bar is straight ahead on entering, squint ended, to the far left the room returns back some way, mostly populated by diners, the drinkers seem to prefer the front bar area. A small side room to the right has a pool table but I didn't spot the previously mentioned dartboard. TVs were showing Sky Sports News and the Aussie v SA cricket, décor includes the usual old B&W pics plus several of cattle for reasons I must have missed.
Busy mid Saturday afternoon, full of kids though but there are not many other options immediately nearby for those who won't walk half a mile.
Almost surprisingly, three handpumps on the go, Pride, Black Sheep Bitter and Otter Amber (£3.16). The beer was fine and I managed to enjoy a bit of the cricket while drinking it but I doubt I'll darken the door again. If McDonalds did pubs they would be just like this one.

On 1st March 2014 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Woodman

There were four handpumps on the bar – two had London Pride clips reversed, with the other two dispensing GKIPA (£2.95 a pint) and Courage Best (£2.50 a pint). The front area of the bar by the windows, looking out to the main road, has a mix of tall stools/tables, banquette seating plus some normal tables and chairs. There’s an evidently well-used dartboard on the right of this area. At the back to the left of the bar counter is another fairly large room furnished with normal tables and chairs and as all the tables back here had menus on them (whereas those in the front bar didn’t) I am assuming that this is the main area intended for diners. There was also a buffet cart hanging around back here (like the sort that Harvesters use for their salad bar), but unused during my Monday mid-afternoon visit. The menus looked typical of the style used by Punch Taverns. The usual offers were available – 2 meals for £8; steak night on Tuesday (£5.49 including a drink, with the diet Pepsi being the best bet); curry night on Thursday, also at £5.49.
This looks like a typical cheap food led pub. The beers are certainly not worth writing home about, especially if you go for the steak night deal where the choice is either Foster’s or John Smith’s. This looks like a hundred other Punch pubs I’ve been in – characterless but functional, with nothing much to recommend them. But they serve a purpose by providing reasonably cheap pub food, so they are a lot better than having no pub at all.

On 27th December 2010 - rating: 5
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