Posted on 03 / 22 / 2015
My parents live nearby, so I visit this place fairly often.
We normally go for coffee and cake or a light lunch in the daytime, but last visit we went for an evening meal instead. They don't have a separate evening menu but it seems they may add extra or different options to the several 'specials' chalk boards on the wall. I chose one of these, a vegan (and gluten free, though I'm not bothered by gluten) stuffed pancake and salad. The pancake filling was tofu and vegetables in a coconutty Thai-inspired sauce, very mild, but quite fresh tasting and good. The side salads included some tasty red cabbage with a caraway-flavoured dressing, which went reasonably well with the pancake although they're not a classic flavour pairing! My parents shared a vegetarian pizza and large salad. I think they usually get a small salad, and didn't seem to think there was much difference between the sizes so it might be worth starting with a small salad and then ordering another if you feel it isn't big enough.
Woody's always have at least one vegan cake in the display cabinet, which is banana and chocolate. It's good, but I'm not a massive fan of bananas in baked goods, so I'd rather they made a plain chocolate cake once in a while. Last visit I also saw a gluten-free vegan dessert (I think it may have been refined-sugar-free too).
They usually have a good range of interesting drinks, including organic vegan alcohol (stout, cider etc.), and I had a very nice apple and rhubarb drink.
widest range of vegan options in Herts, Pleasant location, Use local/seasonal ingredients sometimes
Need more vegan desserts!, Chairs not that comfortable, Some tables a bit cramped