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“Sunday lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Woodman

The Woodman
London Rd, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM59QF, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Brentwood, UK
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“Sunday lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We ran up last minute to see if they could squeeze 6 in for Sunday lunch and they did, very accommodating. Lovely place and atmosphere here, especially with the open fire and comfy chairs. Nibbles on the bar and a good range of drinks. A good selection of specials and the food is piping hot with good portions. Friendly and attentive staff. There is outside seating and a play section for children....but only for 5 minutes in the January cold. Children's changing facilities and very clean.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St Albans
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131 reviews 131 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Atmospheric pub and restaurant, obviously very old”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We found this pub in one of the guides; it is in a very rural setting. Lunch was very good, plentiful and promptly served. Our table was in the rear room which was rather cold.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“fantastic find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is what i call a country pub lovley open fire on entrance wooden beams friendly staff I went there on sunday (5th Jan) with my girlfriend for sunday lunch after seeing pictures on the internet we didnt book a table but that wasnt an issue as the staff were happy to seat us near the bar the food was great there was a range for all tastes sunday roasts & italian menu on saturday's recormend to book a table as does get busy & can now see why will most definatly be going again. only have 2 faults.
sunday food from 12.00 to 16.00 so book or get there early.
if tall prepare to duck your head small doorways / low beams.
apart from that this place is a fantastic proper english country pub good outside area as well for kids can see this as a great summer pub.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford
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“This pub is what a pub should be like”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We went for lunch at the Woodman just before Christmas. I think I can honestly say that this place must be one of the most welcoming pubs in the UK. Sitting by the open wood fire on a desolate December day we were well served and attended by the staff as we selected our lunch, then once everything was ready called to take our seats in the restaurant. Delicious soup all home made and steak and kidney puddings of perfection greeted us in the restaurant. Nice to note that they serve "English" food here and make a damn fine job of it too! I will return to this place at the next possible opportunity.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Sunday Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We went with a group of a dozen friends - and had a great time.
The pub has a lovely open fire, exposed beams and traditional pub decorations which gives it a welcoming feel. The bar team are very friendly too.

The menu is as you would expect for a pub - together with some seasonal specials.
We had a mixture of food - all of which was excellent. The portions are generous too.
Our party included children of various ages - all of whom were well catered for too.

It was a little cold to use the gardens - but there's a children's play area and nice views - so would make an excellent spring / sumer venue too.

Would recommed for families / friends wanting a traditional pub lunch in a lovely setting

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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