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The Woodman, Ide Hill - pub details

Woodman

Address: Cold Arbor Road, Goathurst Common, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 40141) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Sevenoaks (2.3 miles), Dunton Green (3.3 miles), Bat & Ball (3.4 miles)

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Cock, Ide Hill (1.0 miles), Kings Head, Bessels Green (1.8 miles), White Horse, Sundridge (1.9 miles), Fox and Hounds, Toys Hill (2.0 miles)

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The really good thing about this pub is how easy it is to use. There's loads of room so you can always get in, even on a Saturday night. Car park is massive too. Friendly staff and swift service. Nice atmosphere and clientele. The beer, wine and food are all pretty good and reasonably priced. Whilst I would not call this a foodie destination, it's always a nice experience to eat here. The South African specials are particularly good if you like that sort of thing (which I do). Music on Saturday night adds to the pleasure. So, whilst other places may score higher on individual things, this place ticks all boxes very well. Brilliant location too - feels like the back of beyond but very near M25, Sevonoaks etc.
Llywarch - 17 Oct 2014 12:23
Great pub, loads of parking, nice beer garden. VERY friendly management and staff.

Food is great and every bit as good as you would expect from a pub. It is not a top restaurant, people should remember this. Some reviewers have slated it, well they obviosly are deluded.

I live some 5 miles from the woodman and I think it's worth spending 20-00 on taxis to get there and back for a good evening out.
KentishGuzzler - 4 Jun 2014 12:13
I've been going to this pub for roughly the last 5 years with my wife and her parents and it's always been a pleasant experience.

The beer is well kept (Youngs, Bombardier and Doom Bar were on last time we visited) and the food - whilst it won't blow your socks off - is consistently good.

It's a large pub in an old-country style but never feels too big as it has lots of cosy divided-off areas.

Ideal for families, easy access for prams.

Recommended.

Plastique_Bertrand - 2 Jan 2013 16:03
Having passed the Woodman en-route to Ide Hill & being impressed with the setting I booked a table for 4 on the 22/4.
The whole setting & the olde world interior leads one to believe that standards would be high.Regrettably that was not to be the case.
On entering the Restaurant we found out that it was a "DIY" operation.Ie the customers do all the work hopping up & down to order drinks/wine/first corse/second course/dessert/coffee even to finally paying the bill at the bar.
I found that amazing especially as there was at least 8 staff on duty.
The prices were certainly not even competitive 14 upwards for most mains.
After duly visiting the bar on 3 occasions to place orders .
The wine was brought to the table & plonked down with 4 glasses Staff evidently unable to open bottles & pour wine.
An order of duck bread was tough & impossible to cut with the cutlery supplied.The Venison S African casserole could have been any kind of meat as it had been cooked to death.It was served in a ridiculous iron couldron with a pot of rice.How was I expected to eat it out of such a ridiculous recepticle.A typical "JUNK GIIMIC" in my estimation.
On to the desserts Apple crumble was a some kind of apple slime surrounded with cream.Again complaints were made & some sweet yukky cheap ice creanm was served.Again complaints were made this time to the "Manager"Apart from deleting the cost of unsatisfactory meals & a request for the bill to be provided to us personally NOTHING HAPPENED.
THIS ESTABLISHMENT SUFFERS FROM BAD STAFF ATTITUDE PROBLEMS BEING A POORLY MANAGED OPERATION..
I SUGGEST "THE MANAGEMENT" TRAIN ALL THE STAFF STANDING AROUND CHATTING & DRINKING HOW TO OFFER SERVICE TO THE TABLES.QUALITY OF FOOD SERVED EMPLOY A CHEF WHO IS CAPABLE OF COOKING THE ITEMS ON THE MENU & REPLACE THE "BROUGHT IN DESSERTS" WITH HOMEMADE.
I would add that the Chaser in Sittingbourne is booked solid for the next 3 Sundays & Sophies choice A Restaurant with a high long term reputation provides excellent service to the tables wine is poured for sampling prior to filling all guests glasses subsequently.Allmain courses are circa 10 & a three course meal with wine & intro drinks is circa 25 This includes copious cups of Coffee with mints as well at the end .Tipping is a pleasure here .
Having worked for 30 years in Management in the catering Industry my advice to th "Management" of the Woodman is Leave the Indusrty & let someone take over who knows what they are doing & what the Competition is like.
cheguevara - 24 Apr 2012 20:47
I read the last comment for the woodman and I have to say I haven't had a bad meal there. In fact when I go married in June 2011 we had our small reception there and they did us proud. The food was beautiful and the staff excellent. They helped make a special day even more special. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others.
Mrsfm - 13 Jan 2012 16:12

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