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The Woodie has been closed for some months now, and deservedly so. But, as thebrownbottle said, a pub that had once been an excellent boozer and, for me, de rigeur for New Year's Eve. Had long since stopped drinking there but some months before it closed I needed to use their loo. Feeling obliged to buy something, I pointed to the hand pump and asked for a half. 'Sorry, mate, it's off.' As always when faced with no real ale, go for a Guinness. 'Sorry, mate, that's off 'n all.' Ended up with half of John Smiths keg, which was undrinkable and the bulk of it left in the glass.

As I said, pubs like this deserve to die.
notrom - 1 Sep 2013 10:28
Awful, avoid like the plague.
Landlord is weird as are the strange people who drink in there.
No atmosphere, bad layout and frequented by South London 'Del Boy' types.

Mattyh34 - 13 Jun 2012 10:08
Hoorah, hoorah, it's closed and reopened under what appears to be a strong-minded Irish landlord returning it to it's roots. The last landlord was shut down after not paying his Sky TV bills, not such a problem if he'd bothered paying for his electricity. Anyway, the new owners have lavished much-needed money in rescuing the pub from ruin, have reinstated traditional Irish music nights, have banished under-25s which were the main problem, and have got all the footie and Gaelic sports back in on a reasonably low-key basis. Oh, and one real ale, London Pride, but that's more than they've had for a decade or more. I'll give it time before giving a genuine rating.
sonoftherock - 5 Jun 2010 20:19
Iíd not visited this pub before my fleeting visit last week, but I did get the feeling that it had seen better times. There are two unused hand pumps meaning that only a standard draught selection is available and the Sky Sports future events board was being used to advertise the premade rolls that are available from one of the drinks fridges behind the bar Ė I did have a couple of ham salad rolls though and they went down a treat. The projector screen above a small piano at the rear of the pub looked like it hadnít been used in some time, but there is a plasma screen in the front bar which was showing Sky Sports News. There is also a pool table and a dartboard which is good to see although Iím not a fan of test your strength boxing machines in pubs. The background music was a bit loud for my liking and the constant change of genre was giving me a headache.

The barmaid was nice enough, but I donít think that Iíll be returning here in a hurry.
Strongers - 28 Oct 2009 11:00
Sad to say, this is another pub in the Lee area that looks like it might bite the dust. Having been run as a proper Irish pub by the same governor for 31 years, it's had a few good spells since, but now seems fallen on hard times. The big attraction up until recently was the big screen sports, but rumour has it that Sky pulled the plug when bills weren't paid it. Little else to recommend it anymore unless you want to play the local bookie at pool.
sonoftherock - 9 Jul 2009 09:50
Been there just for footie games, where it does the trick with a telly and big screen. Bar staff were friendly but no real ale available. Would not make it a destination pub.
Barneylad - 21 Jan 2009 14:56
Been in here a couple of times recently. While it is certainly spit'n'sawdust, I didn't think it was that bad, although I haven't been there on a Friday or Saturday night yet. Diverse mix of people, still figuring it out. The service has been pretty good, and it is fine for catching the football. Beer selection isn't wonderful, but the Guinness was good.
old_at_heart - 16 Jan 2008 19:08
Interesting comments. Amos,I'd be interested to see what you think of said establishment rather than slagging off somebody who is prepared to have their say.Have you been in it recently? For the record Darragh is 100% accurate. I have said in earlier comments that I was a regular. I enjoyed many nights in the Woodman and its rapid decline is shameful and a great loss to that end of the borough and the community that used it. This pub was at the centre of a nice community, many of its regulars are now displaced to surrounding pubs wondering where it went wrong. The answer is obvious to all except the current management.
thebrownbottle - 27 Nov 2007 14:00
dear oh rear amos. i see by your late post your mother allowed you to stay up a bit longer.that must be nice for you. anyway this queen thing is rather perplexing. are you alluding to my sexuality or just fustrated cos that closet door just won't open for you? i'm not going to get upset over a spelling mistake so maybe you shoudn't either although your correct use of words may come in handy in your mcjob? can we stick to facts? the pub is very poor after change in management.FACT. it is unclean.FACT. the staff are poor.FACT. it has lost its good customers.FACT.i have been in said bar loads of times b4 change of owners and a few times since.FACT. i await your reply in telling me how goood you think this dive bar(FACT) really is.
darragh - 27 Nov 2007 13:39
Whats with darragh?

Why post two bad comments within a month of each other....hardly constructive.

If you run a bar, would you want a stroppy queen like this and his 'group' to turn up anyway?

Tell him to check his spelling, also.

amos - 22 Nov 2007 01:06
do not venture into this dive will regret it.
darragh - 1 Nov 2007 14:04
Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious. This is a review by Obi-Wam Kenobi in Star Wars. he could have been looking into the Woodman last weekend.I'm exasperated.
thebrownbottle - 10 Oct 2007 20:18
Ah the Woodie...where did it all go wrong. Arguably one of South London's best boozers; ecletic crowd~ academics, musicians, teachers, builders even the local MP rubbing shoulders and enjoying the friendly atmosphere and the fine hospitality offered by Dermot and Caroline. Mrs Brownbottle even went so far as to describe it as being female friendly.However I must agree with darragh, it has taken a nosedive since changing owners. A brooding and tense atmosphere prevails with the under current that one wrong word and the place would erupt. Shame that so many local and loyal customers, self included have forsaken this rough diamond. I'd rather drink at home that experience this again.Shame.
thebrownbottle - 1 Oct 2007 22:49
new owners just taken over. what a shame. lost most of good customers whilst allowing the idiots back in. staff are terribe and place is really dirty. the manager is a joke who has the personality of a dead person. another example of how not to own and manage a bar. our group will not be returning.
darragh - 27 Sep 2007 17:23
Still a good local, but losing it's way a little as the manager is selling up. Deserves credit for the live music, and the punters are decent folk. Good place to watch big football matches on the big screen. Nice place for a friday evening booze.
TheBlackStuff - 22 Apr 2007 15:53
ps, Did Alec Goreham mean 'cliquey'? Or did the musicians actually click?
ara01jc - 22 Dec 2005 15:17
Great local. Pub quiz on Monday nights starting at 8.30pm. Friendly, reasonable prices, find us in there every night from 6pm.
ara01jc - 22 Dec 2005 15:16
Recently gigged at this pub, it being the local of the new fiddle player and whilst it is somewhat Rough and Ready in appearance, it has a warm charm which extends to the clientele. We were made to feel extremely welcome. The beer (when we actually had to pay for it) was good and very reasonably priced. The landlord and landlady are diamonds, who are clearly trying to maintain Live Music in the area. Would appear to be very child friendly too, which in this day and age is no mean thing!! Give it a go!
Thelifeoriley - 5 Jun 2005 19:36
A nice friendly boozer, somewhat spoilt by merging the public and saloon bars. I used to love the days of having to stagger out from the public bar to the hole in the wall urinal. Such pleasures are few and far between. Always felt a bit more intimate with two small bars.

Still, Dermot the guv has done a good job keeping it going so well after 31 years of Brian running the place. He's had the place 6 years now. It's a really friendly place to watch the footie or take in some variable quality live music, and has a late licence from Friday to Sunday. As a jazz fan, my adviceis to avoid the jazz band on a Monday.
sonoftherock - 30 Nov 2004 13:51
Man alive it's smokey.
NeilB - 11 Aug 2003 12:40
Sunday night it's got a clicky bunch of miserable Plastic musicians - playing terrible droning music all night.
Alec Gorham - 28 Jun 2003 10:16
needs new management
space - 28 Mar 2003 15:51
very good Irish music session on Sunday nights
Eric Brown - 20 Jan 2003 18:05
nice little local boozer
Clare - 7 Nov 2002 16:21

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