Bar | Carvery | Restaurant
built in 1664
Originally known as The Tollgate, the Woodman Inn was built in 1664 and first bought by Hatfield baker and brewer Charles Bradshaw. Many of the original 16th-century features of the building remain to this day, from beautiful wood beams and low ceilings to period fireplaces. The Woodman Inn is now a popular country pub and carvery restaurant, serving up succulent roast meats, fine ales and a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere, We're proud to preserve the history of the Woodman Inn and retain its traditional charm, but with a 21st-century update that our customers love.Book a Table
Dating back to 1800
While the building has existed since 1664, our much-loved pub is first believed to have been named The Woodman Inn in around 1843. Here's an at-a-glance guide to its fascinating history:
- 1843 The earliest known reference when it was shown as beer house.
- 1844 Tithe Award lists the owner as Widow Bigg and the occupiers as William Shatton and others.
- 1851 , 1861. James and Elizabeth Draper were listed as publicans.
- 1871 James and Elizabeth Draper listed now as beer retailers.
- 1881 George Dickens was listed as publican and gardener his wife Harriett listed as grocer.
- 1888 Bradshaw sold the business to Pryor Reid Brewery of Hatfield.
- 1891 George and Harriett Dickens, George listed as publican and labourer.
- 1897 Robert Nash is recorded as occupier of the Woodman beer house.
- 1899 Robert Nash was described as beer retailer and shopkeeper.
- 1901 Herbert Russell listed as beer house keeper.
- 1911 Henry Goodman beer house keeper, wife Violet.
- 1933 George Coster beer retailer.
- 1937 Mrs. A. B. Coster was licensee.
- 1939 Frederick Denning Publican, wife Ivy Rose.
from our customers
"23 of us visited this carvery for lunch and we were sat in a private area to the side of the restaurant, what a great space! The food was amazing, fresh and hot. I could not fault any of the carvery. The desserts were exceptional too. As for the waitress service, they were friendly, professional and nothing was too much bother. I could not recommend this establishment enough. Such lovely people and great food!"
"Party of 4 enjoyed something from all 3 courses and everyone was impressed. The manager must be so impressed because the team showed excellent customer service and nothing was too much trouble. There was also lots of families present and the staff managed to dodge around the unsupervised and loose children. I had all 3 meats and loads of veggie and was stuffed. I struggled though a chocolate dessert with difficulty and our meal was topped off by a Latte. I haven't been here for a while and I can see I'm going to have to pay another visit soon. Highly recommended."
"Went to a marriage blessing on Saturday 24th august 2019, it was absolutely fabulous, Jana and her team went above and beyond, the hot carvery was lovely and so was the cold buffet, the restaurant was transformed into a banqueting hall dressed in blue and white with lovely blue bows on the chairs, crisp white table clothes, white flowered garlands around the doors, the rear garden was transformed into a outside chapel with flowered gate, flowered arch. white and blue chairs for the guests, absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend The woodman for a venue situated in a stunning English quintessence hamlet."
"Came here with family for a Sunday roast and it was absolutely fantastic!!!!! The food and drink was amazing, the staff friendly and the atmosphere great! If you are in the area this is a MUST visit!!!!"
"Went to The Woodman Inn for the first time on Sunday (11/11/2018) for their carvery. The food was lovely, and I agree with the other comments that you won’t find a better carvery around, better than TC! Empty dishes were quickly replenished with fresh, and they even had a homemade steak & kidney pie on offer which was delicious! Our waitress Sam really made us feel welcome and was very attentive. We’ll be back again really soon!"