The Woodman has reopened after a recent (and ongoing) refurbishment. Formerly a contender for Plumstead's worst pub (there's some strong competition), the Woodman has thankfully raised its game. The exterior has been repainted in elegant greens and now shows a more cheerful face to the Common. Inside, the front area of the bar has comfy sofas and low tables for relaxed boozing; the large print wallpaper is a nice touch too. The shiny new bar offers San Miguel and other draught lagers, but no real ale as yet, somewhat disappointingly. The back portion of the pub has yet to be finished, so consider this a preliminary report on the Woodman's rebirth. Is this the gastropub some recent SE18 arrivals have been bleating for? It does not appear so; the clientele on our visit was as solidly male and working-class as you'd find in many suburban pubs. We'll be back soon for a second look.
21 Jun 2011
This pub has been boarded up / closed for years now - covered in grafitti. It was sold at auction and the current owners have put in several applications to turn into flats - all rejected, but little hope of this reopening, let alone being improved - it really did have the potential sadly now lost.
35 The Slade, Plumstead, London, SE18 2NB
020 8333 0602
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