Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Battersea
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A Battersea gsatropub owned by the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery.

This Battersea gastropub is an attractive one. A handsome front bar (with Chesterfields, gilt mirrors and old barrels, lit by candlelight) gives way to a dining room with pale hues, a high, vaulted ceiling, scuffed wooden floors, piles of logs and more candlelight. There's a dinky outdoor courtyard, too.

The food menu is put together by owner and head chef, James Rogers. Dishes range from wild boar Scotch eggs, pressed ham hock terrine and a warm chicken and chorizo salad with lime mayo and flatbread to steaks, beer battered cod and chips, burgers and slow-braised venison in red wine, bacon and mushrooms. 

Its owners are the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, so that means plenty of Badger beers such as Golden Glory, Leaping Legend, Blandford Flyer and Golden Champion. Many of the short, global wines are available by three different glass sizes.


Venue name: Woodman
Address: 60 Battersea High St
SW11 3HX
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat, noon-10.30pm Sun Food served noon-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction rail then 319 bus
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50
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New owners have destroyed this venue. I still cannot fathom how it is humanly possible to be so rude to paying customers?

Not to mention that the manager was drunk, on shift, and hurling abuse at staff and customers. The biggest shock? There aren't more reviews online sharing this experience. I guess if you intimidate customers enough they won't write about you online.

Shocking behaviour, I'll never be going again. If you like being called derogatory terms like c*** and t*** this is your place. Disgrace.

Have just experienced the worst customer service of my life. Not only were we overcharged double by the staff for our order, but when bought to her attention, the woman behind the till (who was already swearing and acting drunk) was rude to us at the top of her voice. We spent at least 15 minutes trying to reason with the increasingly rude member of staff. Ultimately, she begrudgingly accepted she was in the wrong, but did make sure to tell us never to come again.

I can confirm that I'll never be coming to the woodman again and wouldn't recommend you do either unless you enjoy being treated like scum.

I love the Woodman. The food is always good, and often far too large a portion and the staff are very friendly. The winelist is excellent  ranging from a reasonably inexpensive Shiraz to something a little more special (but it won't break the bank!) and the Badger beer has to be one of my favourites. I often pop in for a scotch egg and hand cut fries at luncthime, which never fails to hit the spot if I'm in a bit of a rush. Great place to take dogs too.

Worst experience ever!!! Wine was awful staff considerably rude especially the head chef/owner think he goes by the name of James!!! Order m/rare steak came more like a well done when I mentioned it to a waitress she took it back to the kitchen were I heard the chef shouting at her for a mistake she hadn't made when the next steak was brought out it was over cooked again I was so hungry I just ate it quickly so I could leave would not recommend this place to my worst enemie

Great place for a pint or some good food. Not too busy either, which makes a change in London.