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The Woodman Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Fernham, Faringdon SN7 7NX, England
+44 1367 820643
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely little pub/restaurant with a real fire! And plenty of parking behind. Very welcoming and warm. Great selection of ales available. Really like the bar set up. Food was good, not as excellent as other pub/restaurants nearby. The "game" pie was not a "proper" pie by my standards (meat and gravy in a dish with a top layer of... More 

Thank triprag
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited last night for dinner and were left disappointed for various reasons. There was nobody behind the bar when we arrived, however the landlord did arrive after a few minutes to serve us, and advised us to find a table that didn't say reserved. We found a table easily as it was fairly quiet & after... More 

5 Thank Irene T
David B, Owner at The Woodman Inn, responded to this review

REALLY!! The fish was too big! Now I thought I'd heard it all. FYI it was a whole Rainbow Trout, filleted and pinned by our fishmonger and delivered fresh that morning. We could serve one side of the fish but hey... someone would moan it was too small. Other than a missing onion ring you seemed to have a nice... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

I'm slightly loathed to place this review in case it means I can't get a table at short notice in future but we've have been to The Woodman Inn twice in the past few months for Sunday lunch & did not leave disappointed on either occasion. Good sized portions meant having 3 courses was not an option & it was... More 

1 Thank Say_Cheese2012
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We had booked originally at the Blowing Stone public house and made sure they catered for vegetarian meals, but when we turned up they had taken the fish and chips off the menu and put chicken salad on!!! So we left, telling them it was NOT the way to impress customers and went to the Woodman hoping they might fit... More 

Thank SomersetBagpuss
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

You only have to step inside to sense the wonderful character that the Woodman has - order an ale and it gets better - order some food and the magic is complete.

Thank Eggibobs
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

We have frequented this pub, albeit 1-2 times a year, for the past 5+ years. Many previous lunches/dinners kept our interest in returning however the recent visit has now dampened our enthusiasm for this 'food gem'. The menu is significantly reduced, limited staff and food lacking in taste - main portion size large but just not worth the travel time.... More 

5 Thank STFC_EFC
David B, Owner at The Woodman Inn, responded to this review

READER IGNORE - see reviews above / below for a better reflection on the several hundred people through last week New menu last Friday - total dishes 26! Perhaps I could recommend the chinese buffet in Swindon - over 150 dishes full of spicy twangy flavours for you to moan about. More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We visited The Woodman at Fernham twice in quick succession and loved it. Situated just off the A420 between Swindon and Oxford, Fernham is a lovely Cotswold Village with The Woodman easy to find on the way in. There is free parking around the back and well designed seating outside. The Pub has traditional décor and a particularly excellent idea... More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

We ate here twice whilst staying in the area. the first night we had the lamb shank and the stew in yorkshire pudding. Both huge meals - we had shared a starter of fishcakes but certainly didn't need them. The second night was steak night. We had family with us and the manager set up a film in the adjoining... More 

Thank JenniferG37
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely meal in this establishment - the chef gave exceptional service - the waitress Sharon friendly and amenable Whereas the Duty Manager had a bad attitude from the moment she arrived to take our food order - she was unprofessional and lacked all the skills you need to be just friendly - had the feeling being a waitress... More 

7 Thank Joanne S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Took some friends from Paris to a traditional English pub. It turned out to be Steak Night which was as good as a Steak Night could be. I asked for a salad for myself which although was not on the dinner menu was produced without fuss. All in all 5 stars for welcome, food and service. Andy -Shrivenham

Thank Andrew R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fernham, Faringdon SN7 7NX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Faringdon
  • Phone Number: +44 1367 820643

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