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Woods Bistro - CLOSED

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US$5 - US$15
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 5 September 2021

Firstly, dogs allowed and welcomed inside. On an awful rainy day this was a blessing. I visited in August for lunch with my husband and have just noticed the previous reviews. Yes the manager is, in my opinion, steering a very busy ship in an...efficient way. I can see how he could be misunderstood because initially I thought the same, but this didn't last. He came to talk to us and ask about our dog, offering treats. The food wasn't served quickly, but this was because it was made to order, so fresh and tasty. We had coffees, which were great, but found the tea too strong (personal taste) we were in the café for a good hour and saw all of the staff working really hard. The café and toilets were spotless. Definitely a lovely place that I would have no hesitation in returning to.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

We are on holiday in the area and stopped in here for coffee and scones. The scones and drinks were nice, the garden was pleasant and the young staff were lovely. But oh my the rude manager/owner ruined the whole experience. I placed my order...to be told, we don’t have lemonade. Ok what do you have? ‘Here’s the menu’. Yes already looked at that but it doesn’t tell me what you have actually in stock. Then told ‘once your food arrives you only have 30 mins before we need to table back as it is lunch time’. OK well that’s probably fine but doesn’t make for a very relaxing coffee. Once back in the garden two other couple were also commenting on his rudeness. It would appear he doesn’t like tourists very much. Maybe picked the wrong business to open?More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 29 August 2021 via mobile

Visited for a cream tea which was average. The attitude of 2 members of staff was disgraceful one got the order wrong but tried to blame a member of my family, another was asked about a drink but was told there was a wait and...walked off. Will not visit again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

If you’re trying to lose weight and money you’ll love this place. The price for food is high and the portion sizes will have you losing weight in no time. We were very disappointed in the size of the food on our plates. My partner...had so little salad it was a joke. We ate our food and moved on. We believe the owner is delusional and believes he’s running a Michelin star high class restaurant what with the prices to portion sizes. We won’t be back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 August 2021 via mobile

We visited today for lunch .. on arrival we were not told we would have a long wait for food .. we were given a table for 2 by the door. Firstly high praise for the young people staffing Woods they were excellent. They were...well mannered. Very helpful and smiley. 10 out of 10 Sadly it’s not what we could say about the manager. His authoritative approach to speaking to both the staff and the customers we found unpleasant and overbearing. He was issuing orders to the staff very loudly which was intrusive to visitors, We waited 40 minutes for our food and enquired 3 times when we could expect our meal to arrive. We were not aware of the long wait and of course it’s height of summer but we should have been made aware before we sat down. The manager came to explain 25 mins after placing our order and we’re spoken to in a dismissive tone … no discussion welcomed and we both felt shouted at. He suggested we have it as a takeaway !!! Not our plan. We had a very short time to eat our food due to parking restrictions. However the food was not great. The Burger had a very strange taste,it was unpleasant and had a strange texture I feel sorry for the staff who were all lovely. If we had been approached in a different way we may have come out feeling different. We definitely won’t go again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 31 July 2021

We are regular visitors to Totnes but hadn’t yet made it into into this establishment. To start, I can’t fault the food we had. Very good and well presented. Sat outside, lovely garden. Prices fine, selection of food and drink good. But, am really sorry...but downside was the gentleman who was running the show. His staff were working hard and doing what he ‘told’ them to do. After being greeted by a nice young lady, she said we could sit inside or out, we said out, and we’re invited to go through and then to place order at counter. Which we did, and sat at the only table free in the garden. After I ordered and sat back down, the gentleman came and ‘told’ us he needed to, not asked us to, move to a table for 2 (which had become available after we had been seated) as he had 4 people for our table (there were 4 chairs) we didn’t really have a say and had to move. During our stay we saw the gentleman dishing out firm instructions audible to guests, to his staff. We thought this was going to be a relaxing visit but the atmosphere caused by the gentleman made it unfriendly. He didn’t make eye contact at any time and when upon leaving, as I’m polite, I said thank you at the counter, he didn’t even look up, but did say thank you. His stress was visible to all and not really welcomed when we are spending money and hoping for a relaxing time. Will I go here again? Probably not now I’m sad to say, as we like to take time to support all the Totnes businesses. Customers don’t expect, or want to see management stress on the shop floor. Genuinely disappointed, sorry.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 11 July 2021

This cafe was quaint and had a lovely little garden area where we sat to eat our food. It was a shame because it did rain whilst we were eating outside, but when sunny I can imagine that area is wonderful. My partner and I...had Devonshire cream tea's, mine was a sweet cream tea and my partner had a savoury one. I thought it was such a great idea! The savoury cream tea was served with your choice of cheese and a cheese scone instead of a sweet one. I would recommend this cafe if you are looking for a quick lunch in the Totnes area.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 10 July 2021

We went to Totnes on a whim and were pleasantly surprised at how quirky the town is, very much to our taste. As we wandered around the shops we kept our eye open for somewhere to have lunch and happened across Woods. The menu was...very much up our street with a mixture of healthy options. We wanted to sit outside and on arrival there were no tables available. The owner offered to take our number and give us a call when a table became available which I thought was a nice gesture. As it happened someone got up to leave just as we were about to return to our shopping. Seated in the garden in the intermittent sunshine I had the falafel and hummus wrap and my partner had a cheddar and chilli chutney sandwich with a side order of sweet potato fries followed by lemon cake and Florentine flapjack which was really yummy. We chatted with the owner in the garden at length, he was very friendly and its obvious, like so many places currently, that they are suffering with staff recruitment and training. However the service we received was both pleasant, efficient and professional.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 19 June 2021 via mobile

Great food and great service. We enjoyed having breakfast here. Totally recommend the Superfood Breakfast Stack. Service was great, no problems.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 16 June 2021

Staff could not do enough for us to ensure a lovely meal. Food and atmosphere were great. We will definitely return.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Woods Bistro

Yes, Woods Bistro offers takeaway services.

Yes, Woods Bistro is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Woods Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4