Woodys Cafe

fully Fully VEGETARIAN
options VEGAN options
options ORGANIC options

Opening Times

Mondays - Fridays = 11am to 10pm
Saturdays = 10am to 10pm
Sundays = (9am by request) 10am to 6pm


Telephone: 01442 266280


19 Dickinsons Quay
Hemel Hempsted HP3 9WG

off Belswains Lane


Reviews By
I have eaten at this restaurant several times over the past month. The food has been consistently good, especially the specials and the soups. As a vegetarian its great to have so much variety and with the specials, there is always something different even if eating there more than twice a week. The atmosphere relaxed and price is not expensive. The staff are really friendly even when the restaurant is very busy. Positive Brian
Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:20:28 +0000
I have visited this restaurant on many occasion in the last 5 years but only on one occasion has the food been anything more than average. As a vegan I feel very much the poor relative here - rather than replaced non vegan food items are simply left off the dish. Vegan food is not imaginative and the one vegan chocolate cake has been the same recipe on all my visits. Burgers are small and dry and do not come with very many chips ! However the final blow for me occurred this week when despite ringing up the day before to check sweet crepes were served all day, I arrived mid morning to be told they were not. They did agree to do them but I was very much aware it was a favour. Also despite ordering vegan food I was told on payment that the ice cream served was dairy not vegan. I am surprised they told me and I was quietly outraged. I shall not be back and do not recommend this restaurant any longer. Veggies you will do OK but vegans beware! Negative Mrs V Burgess
Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:20:36 +0000
How I have never been before last night a treasure find. Friends took me for a birthday treat, it is now my fav place to eat food delish.. Staff , well just superb. Thanks I shall return!! Positive Marilyn brown
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:04:45 +0000
My grub was fab but my carnivor man said he ate cardboard burger! Service was fab however. Positive colleen
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 23:12:35 +0000
I also lived on a narrowboat - Diamonds and Rust - for the season last year 2011 and stayed in Apsley for nearly a month - I moored right outside Woodys Cafe. I didn't want to move because of it. Fabulous food, excellent coffee and the staff were enchanting and really helpful. I cant recommended this cafe enough. I tell everyone down in Penzance about it and a couple of my friends who had to come up to London caught the train down to Apsley to go to it because I bleated on about it so much. They too loved it. Try it ... you will not be disappointed. Up in Hemel for the weekend in a couple of weeks....guess where I will be eating? !! Positive Roz Drew
Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:12:12 +0000
We always enjoying a meal out at Woodys, and last night was super again. thank you. The food was great, atmosphere warm and friendly and the staff really engaging. We will be back soon ... Positive Hilary Samson-Barry
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 10:11:35 +0000
Have heard so much about Woodys, and finally made it on what had to be the most beautiful day of the year. Luckily managed to get a table outside. The service was good considering how busy they were. The food was excellent (and I'm not vegetarian) and if nothing else....you MUST try the homemade Lemonade!! OMG...lush! I'll be back :) Positive Joanna English
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:23:53 +0000
I live on a boat in Apsley marina. Woodys is my neighbour. There were a few reasons why I bought a boat and moved to Apsley and being next to Woodys was the main one. I stumbled across Woodys on a bike ride 2 years ago and had the most glorious lunch at an outside table looking onto the canal watching the boats gliding past. Call it a moment of madness if you will, but I had an epiphany. I thought to myself I would love to eat here everyday. I'd given the boat idea some thought previously but that day swung things for me. Within 2 weeks, I'd bought a boat and moved to Apsley where I live now. I do eat at Woodys every day - sometimes twice. I love the food and the staff are wonderful. I am not a vegetarian btw. Positive Joel Sanders
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:29:02 +0000
Fantastic vegetarian restaurant. Excellent atmosphere. Great food. Positive, friendly staff. Reasonable prices. The organic wine is also excellent. Highly recommended. Positive Michael K Sullivan
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:17:10 +0000
Absolutely superb !! Been twice in a week - once with friends, and other time with vegetarian daughter. Lovely atmosphere and brilliant variety of vegy food. Great value too (spent £30 for 2 starters, 2 mains and 4 drinks). The staff were relaxed and friendly - and didn't pester. There is a vegaratian restuarant in the town I live in which doesn't even come close to Woody's. Highly recommend and plan to go back again soon,. Positive Claire Ash
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 19:18:45 +0000
I love Woodys and go there for a coffee etc. most weekends, however, I might find somewhere new to go after the owner spoke to me like I was dirt. We asked for a peppermint tea and were told that they had run out (Sainsburys is just up the road from them) so then we order a fresh mint tea. The owner then came out and rudely told us that there wasn't any, so I said well actually my friend has a tea bag on her can we please have some hot water. She then told us that we would have to pay a washing up charge. We were charged 40p for washing up, its not the cost obviously that I care about but her attitude. We had ordered a coffee, a cake and crepe so it wasn't as if we weren't spending money and she has the cheek to charge us because she can't provide something that is on the menu. Not going there again and will not recommend the place anymore. Negative Jo Stone
Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:03:11 +0000
My husband and I are strict vegetarians, since we discovered Woody's we very rarely go to any other restaurants. The food at Woody's is like homemade cooking. Very healthy, tasty, varied, well presented, wholesome and you feel good after having eaten there. I never feel bloated or as if I've eaten too much unhealthy or oily stuff. I travelled a lot in the UK and around the world and I think that it’s the best vegetarian restaurant by far. To top it all up the staff, i.e. the chefs, waiters and waitresses are so friendly, helpful and the whole atmosphere is entirely welcoming, helpful, homely and relaxed. They do their best to accommodate your dietary requirements. It feels like they really care. Also the other icing on the cake is that all the food there is organic or home grown! I find my self there at least once or twice a week! We need more of Woody’s branches all over the UK for our fellow vegetarians out there and also the non-veggies as my meat eating friends also love it here. Long live Woody’s! You must go there and see for yourself. Positive Krushi Vaidya
Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:51:12 +0000
My husband and I visited Woodys Cafe and found it to be very pleasant, good food, bright and cheery atmosphere, good price for the food and delicious cakes, though I didnt have any looking at them made you want to have a piece. I had a spinach and cheese omlette with salad and coleslaw, and my husband had gluten freen pizza which tasted lovely for gluten free pastry. The best thing I thought about this cafe is the fact that they have Soya milk, which most cafe's dont stock. So well done to Manager and staff who were very pleasant and attentive to our every need. Positive Yvonne Davis
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:33:56 +0000
Last visit: 4. July 2009 We visited this place the third time in less than a year and we always enjoyed food, drinks and the friendlyness of the staff. We never had any negative sideeffects like J. Baker in March. We recommend always to finish with a cake. You cannot call it a cheap place, but the price-quality ratio is competitve. Even in Winter you feel a nice mediterranian atmosphere there. We will come back! Positive Ewald
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 21:10:25 +0000
We visited with a small party and found the food to be great especially the pizzas.. We like the fact that you know you will not find any meat inclusions in our food but was dissapointed that we were charged a non optional service charge without prior notice and after presenting our card for payment, which is not legal and the attitude that followed left a bad taste in our mouth. Neutral Denise Ward
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 13:52:35 +0000
Good staff? Very friendly, good service Quality of food? Excellent Atmosphere? Great Price guide? Inexpensive, good value for money We always have great food and a good experience at Woody's. Went for a birthday celebration in March. The food was fantastic. Sat next to the kitchen and could see how it was all freshly prepared. Would recommend it to anybody - and I do. Best restaurant in Dacorum. That it is vegetarian is a bonus. Positive Martin Evans
Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:30:13 +0000
An early lunch lead to an extreme case of diahorrea for my partner and I. He had the mexican burger - bone dry I had the cheesy leek and green lentil bake - my salad was rotten and mouldy! At the time we didn't complain as didn't want to cause a scene. Two hours later after the horrific diahorrea experience I rang to report my concern. The owner was rude and dismissive from the start. She told me it couldn't possibly be food poisioning as thier food is made fresh each day and it takes 12 hours to get in your system. I was then told to consult my doctor or whoever I wanted to and she tried to hang up on me! I said I hadn't finished and that i would like a refund. She said fine have a refund have what you want and hung up on me. At no point was I rude to this woman. I was calm, and reasonable at all times even when she was rude, and hostile towards me. I had an appointment at my doctors later that day anyway and when i mentioned my experience my doctor told me you can have such a response. So taking the advice of the note near the till at Woody's, word of mouth is the best form of advertising and I am telling all of my terrible experience! Just because you own a restaurant, does not give you the right to speak to people in such a way. Obviously this woman must get a lot of complaints of this nature and the truth obviously hurts! Negative J.Baker
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 11:43:54 +0000
Well, I was workin' there and I have to say it's a great place to visit and to eat. Staff is the friendliest I've ever met, helpful and funny. Food is really tasty although it doesn't contain meat, so I can recommend it even to meat-eaters :) Atmosphere is so nice and friendly, everything naturaly looking and wooden furniture, lots of plants and little candles... Very nice prices and a good choice of main meals, sweet meals, smoothies, milkshakes, soups, salads... simply everything your stomach could desire. A bit difficult to find, that's true but it's really worth tryin'. Enjoy! Positive Marry
Wed, 24 Dec 2008 12:34:48 +0000
We love Woody's!! The food is always excellent and the staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly, it's just a shame everyone else finds it in Summer and make it too busy to get a table!! Always cosy and excellent value, unfortunately we're sometimes too full for pudding! Positive Nicola Cairns
Mon, 08 Dec 2008 18:39:00 +0000
Good food, but very limited vegan options, a lot of items out of stock and rather unhelpful staff. Neutral Mrs Langton
Tue, 26 Aug 2008 15:30:41 +0000
This cafe is a little tricky to find, but well worth it now I have! I had a delicious rice crepe chosen from good selection of savoury ones. Lively atmosphere and helpful, friendly staff. Child friendly and plenty of space. Reasonable prices. Positive Susan Rennie
Sat, 23 Aug 2008 18:53:10 +0000
I made the reservation on the morning of Thursday 3rd May for abirthday meal for eight on Monday 8th May. The had the audacity to contactme on the morning of the 8th May, at 10.50 a.m. to say that they wereoperating Sunday hours as it was a bank holiday. They had four days inwhich to contact me, giving me time to make alternative arrangements; butinstead left it until the last minute to contact me, leaving it almostimpossible to make alternative arrangements. Needless to say I would neverrecommend this restaurant to anyone. Their total inconsideration has ruinedmy daughter's birthday celebrations. Negative Sandy Liivet
Mon, 07 May 2007 00:00:00 +0000
Nice atmosphere, inexpensive, baby-friendly, nice staff. The food is tasty. But if you're vegan the choice can be limiting. On the day I went they were out of many vegan options. It was also busy and getting a table was difficult. We chose to share. Getting there can be awkward also, as it's in the marina. Parking is free during the day, but not sure about evenings. Neutral Claude
Tue, 16 Jan 2007 00:00:00 +0000
Woodys is 100% Vegetarian and Organic, it is in a great locationby the Grand Union Canal and Apsley Marina, it has a very relaxedatmosphere, outside there is a patio area. The food is great and sensibly priced, the staff are very helpful andfriendly, a good choice of Vegan options are on offer, Woodys are happy tocater for any special dietary needs. Pizza, pasta, speciality crepes with a wide range of savoury fillings,salads, soups, wraps, burgers and much more, you will be spoilt forchoice, there are also daily specials, a number of visits will be requiredto try everything on the menu! The sweet menu offers a wide range desserts including VeganPancakes, soya creem is a standard option with all Vegan desserts. Fully Licensed, herbal teas, coffee to you taste (the espresso is verygood), juices, smoothies,etc. Enjoy! Positive Peter Cheshire
Wed, 11 Oct 2006 00:00:00 +0000
Only found this restaurant through coming on here. We have now been twice and really like it. Prices are reasonable and everything is cooked to order, not pre packaged like in so many places these days. Staff are very pleasant. Menu is wide ranging and it is a delight to have the choice of the whole menu, not being the poor relation with a couple of choices. There are several vegan options. Positive Frances
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 00:00:00 +0000
Very homely and friendly.  Cheap.  Helpful staff.  Nice atmosphere. Positive Antonia Leggett
Wed, 24 May 2006 00:00:00 +0000

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