2 Camden Walk, Camden Passage, London N1 8DY
berserkjohn7821: “was a brilliant pub and i was part of the owners family although it wasn't the best it made due sleeping on a inflatable sofa above every single one of you thank you for cherishing drinks in that pub while it lasted” more...
9 reviews of The Woodman in English
Since the re-opening this pub seems to have gone from decent to pretty rubbish...
On the re-launch night my friend was given a sink plug in her glass of ice with her cider and then when she asked for it to be replaced she was just gruffly handed another with no word of apology, and the so-called wine experts didn't really live up to their billing - being able to pronounce grape varieties night be a start.
The revamped toilets are a horror show, they look totally out of keeping with what was once a nice little pub, like something straight out of a tacky Essex nightclub and have the kind of light nobody wants to see their faces in especially after a drink or 2 in the sun...
The covered area to the back of the pub looks cheap and the heat-lamps are pretty challenging to use and all the previous tables seem to have been crammed into a too-small space making it near impossible to negotiate without tipping half your drink down somebody's back. The now ubiquitous big screen TVs have changed the tone of the pub from a laid-back arty place to meet friends to a chavvy sports pub, in the space of a year the clientele seems to have totally changed!
My friends and I had some pretty average, if overpriced fish and chips, and the service seems not to have improved much since the opening, and I doubt I'll return any time soon... None of the food I saw coming out looked anything like warranting the price tag and there are plenty of other nice pubs in the area... The Angel, The Prince of Wales and The Wrestlers all wipe the floor with this place, in fact I'd much rather go to the local Wetherspoons than come here again... Their service there is light-years ahead of this place.
As a post-script I have heard their noisy early morning deliveries aren't making them too popular with local residents.
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emmafoodie, 18 January 2013:
Not so much fading grandeur as a state of early decomposition, the building could do with a few quid spending on it (including the toilets).
However, it’s a nice place for a drink, with good beer (real ale) and a Monday evening quiz that’s quite popular.
The waiter/waitress service is a nice bonus.
Living in the area it is nice to have a place nearby with a huge garden. It is a good place to come for a drink in the afternoon and sit outside. Prices are very reasonable as well. I've tried a few of the menu items - brie and nachos which again were very good. I read reviews about the loud tv outside but I've been here 4 or 5 times in the evenings and weekends and the tv hasn't been on - so maybe they just put it on for the big sports events. So don't let this put you off.
A welcome sight to anybody who has walked from one side of Hampstead Heath to the other and is in need of food and refreshment before they get on the tube home. The Woodman's selling point is its large beer garden / decking, which, despite being close to the road is surprisingly quiet. The screens blasting out ITV2 outside did get slightly irritating but I can imagine it's decent for football.
Also, the prices are reasonable considering the area, and the quality of the food is good. Considering it has almost exactly the same menu as a pub nearby, it's at least £3 cheaper per dish and you can't really go wrong with a £10 Sunday roast of this quality - especially one that gets the pork crackling spot on.
The bar staff are friendly as well, but the one huge let down is the toilets. Dank, pokey and no hand dryer or paper towels. Still, that aside it's a decent place to laze on a sunny afternoon.
The beer garden for this pub on the Archway Road is massive…really huge. The inside is smaller, but pretty nice too.
On my visit there were 3 real ales on pump, plus a guest (which was very nice, wish I could remember the name!) all served by someone who looked like one of the Weasley twins.
There was some music on but I personally found it a bit too loud so escaped into the garden.
Shame about the location (right at a busy crossroads next to Highgate Station) but this is still a decent pub.
Huge beer garden but unfortunately it is right next to the traffic.
Menu looked alright and they seem to do a Sunday roast, and the ale was OK (Courage Directors, Greene King, Bombardier).
The bar staff were a great laugh, I saw the Champions League final projected on the big screens, and some pool being played.
Good place if you happen to be passing or in the area.
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