The Woodmans Arms

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The Woodmans Arms is a beautiful ‘country feel’ pub and dining room situated within the village of Whickham, at the top of the hill, hidden amongst rows of spectacular trees. We are more than just a venue, we are a destination worth travelling to serving classic comforting food made with love served in cosy surroundings overlooking the most amazing views of the North East.

We are the proud winner of the Newcastle Chronicle’s Eddy Eats’ pub of the year for character, quality, service and value. UK top 3 in the Seafish National Fish and Chip awards 2019 and Diners’ choice award for best ambience.

We support our local farmers, and work closely with a number of local suppliers to ensure the very best fresh produce. All our food is cooked freshly to order so whether it be a bar snack, light bite, leisurely lunch, evening meal or Sunday Roast it is safe to say that you will in safe hands.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went here on Sunday 19th for Sunday lunch and I must say first impressions were excellent.
We were seated within seconds of arriving, orders taken very quickly.
There was 8 of us eating, the food arrived apart from my lunch - I did tell one of the staff and 10 mins later I was still waiting, she then chased this again and it promptly arrived along with new hot fresh veg - this was then taken off my bill without me even having to suggest this and staff full of apologies - I am not stupid enough to not know these things happen but they put it right and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.
The whole group said they will be back - thank you for a lovely meal.
110% recommended.

AL
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a pleasant evening with good food and friendly service. Only minor inconvenience was being sat below a speaker playing tunes at a little high for my liking even though I did enjoy the songs being played 😉

JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

2nd time here, lush atmosphere and unbelievable food. Again there was no pie left, will be back to attempt it again.

SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was really good service was excellent however the pub is still very draughty. We used to go regularly when our son was small and the pub was always cold and draughty then even though it has had a refurbishment where we were sat was cold and draughty. Saying that would still visit again but look for a warmer seat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday lunch for a birthday, food was lovely, staff friendly. Would recommend booking a table.

G
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous Sunday dinner and great service staff. Really enjoyed it - lovely decor too!

DJ
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday dinner and great service. Highly recommend

V
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal!! Quality Sunday Roast, I cannot fault the food or service.
My partner could not make the booking so for the restaurant to allow me to plate up and take a dinner away was great. He really enjoyed his dinner. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience again. I will be back to try the other menu and offers.

SC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at the wood mans arm, came highly recommended by family who regularly visit.
Can't say we were disappointed at all , from the views the helpful cheerful staff the fast and efficient service and most importantly the wonderful Sunday roasts we ordered myself the beef my partner the leg of lamb. All cooked and presented to our liking.
We will definitely be returning and passing on our recommendations to all our family and friends.

g
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Sunday lunch, very generous portions. Only slight downside was we felt they were trying to rush us at the end ( gave us the bill without us asking when we were still finishing drinks)

n
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Woodmans Arms semi regularly ans have never had a bad experience. The staff are always on point, food is always great no matter what day you go. To coin a phrase, I'll Be Back.

JB
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal on Saturday. The food was excellent, something for everyone. Fantastic kids menu. The staff were approachable and friendly. Everyone in our party has said they will definitely be visiting again.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Cosy restaurant with log burners. Unfortunately no Guinness working but a lovely pale ale alternative. Service was good but could be better organised as we had 3 different waitresses ask us for drinks orders within 5 minutes. However we were well informed about waiting times for our food and staff were extremely pleasant. Overall a great meal and great restaurant I would highly recommend.

EC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing! A few of our friends recommended so we finally decided to try it out. We decided to go for Sunday lunch and and my word... best choice we ever made. It was delicious. The beef brisket melted in my mouth! 5star

L
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal food and amazing service. I would highly recommend the woodman arms to family and friends.

GG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food lovely venue will definitely come back

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

attentative polite staff. Prompt service and hot delicious food, beautifully presented.

AB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Took quite a while to get our drinks and they didn’t have the food we wanted, so we ordered something else, they didn’t have the sweet we ordered either.

a
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very disappointing waited 45 minutes for average luke warm meal one of our guests had steak pie which he couldn’t eat due to a lot of gristle in the meat
Won’t be back

JM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my second visit but my husbands first. We both really enjoyed the food and thought the choice was good. I have a number of dietary requirements but found the menu easy to follow.
The prices and service were good too. We will be back again soon.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately we didn't stay to eat as the majority of the main menu was unavailable although we had reservations.

G
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service and atmosphere was amazing, just gutted there was no pies

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Waited over an hour to get main courses. Once they arrived fish extremely greasy to point the grease was running of the plate. Presume there is also an issue with the heating as building was extremely cold. 3rd visit here and previous 2 been exceptional so will try again at some point in future.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A busy New Year's Day and a very busy pub but the service and the time for the order to be taken and the food served was great. Clearly everything was freshly cooked too.

j
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, friendly and helpful staff and great ambience.

SR
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff couldn't have been nicer. The whole pub was beautifully decorated for Christmas and had a warm friendly atmosphere. Food was beautiful and service excellent. Will return and would recommend without hesitation.

NE
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Was our t visit time visiting The Woodman Arms and after after following them on social media for a while I looking forward to it. Had booked a table (which is advisable as they do get busy). We ordered quickly and starters arrived within a reasonable time. We opted for the sharing Camembert which was lovely - unfortunately this is were it all started to go wrong! We waited and waited for our mains - after waiting just under an hour we queried with a waiter who advised there was still a few orders before they would even start our mains!! It was at this point we cancelled and paid for the food we had eaten. Might be a good idea to let customers know if there is a lengthy wait on food before they order! There was a few other tables who were unhappy with the wait and I appreciate it was busy but if the kitchen can’t cope then maybe restrict how many people book at a particular time. Very disappointing

BG
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We dine at The Woodmans Arms often and enjoy our meal. However, at every visit we are advised of menu items that are not available. We would be grateful if this could be looked into. Surely, the stock levels could be checked against estimated customer numbers/numbers booked. When we were there just in last week, there was no Fish & Chips left which left very little choice for vegetarians.

In addition, despite dinning there 3 times in December, the festive menu was not available.

Could we also ask about condiments i.e. mango chutney/parmesan cheese - these are never available despite serving curry and pizza.

With thanks,

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Easy online booking system, friendly and attentive service, good choice of food, and a nice ambience

N
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely dissappointed. Service not the best, half the menu wasn't available, food took over an hour to come to table after I complained to 3 members of staff including the manager. Myself and my partner both had bad tummys the following morning. I'm sorry we won't be back and I won't be recommending this place to any of my friends or relatives.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Spur of the moment booking, my wife and I shared a Camembert starter which was beautiful but unbelievably filling, so much so I can’t really comment on my main as I was uncomfortably full, but had we not opted for the starter I’m sure we would have enjoyed the mains too, I barely touched mine.
Definitely worth a visit but be prepared for big portions.

Ps we had 2 x soft drinks, a starter & 2 x mains for £40 👍

MD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The food was very bland. I was really looking forward to this meal however they had a small menu as it was Christmas! Not sure why though as they didn’t serve a carvery to run along side the small menu! The portion of chips was very small (7 in total) and the chicken dish I had didn’t mention the fact it came on the bone, my daughters burger was under cooked and tasteless as if it had been in the freezer. Very disappointed and I travelled fro. Durham to go there

SR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a very enjoyable afternoon. Very good food and service from friendly staff. Loved the ambiance of the country style bar and restaurant areas, and appreciated the real effort that had been made with the Christmas decorations, turning the entrance way into a winter wonderland. Also enjoyed the log-burning fires and fine views from the restaurant. I will definitely be returning again, and would highly recommend The Woodmans Arms to anyone looking to visit a lovely country pub/restaurant.

K
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Favourite pub but slightly let down today. Went early on Boxing Day and it was freezing .. had fires on but think they’d forgot to put the heating on. Did mention it to staff but no change noted. Service was good but Staff were all hanging about chatting and even sniggering at poor family whose kids were upset rather than helping. Hardly anyone in the restaurant when we got there but still took over 40 mins to get the food. Food was delicious as always tho! Busier and warmer by the time we left. Lovely Xmas decorations tho.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas celebration

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JS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was very nice. Order was slightly wrong but food was really lovely. Definitely going back soon.

F
Newcastle
10 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good choice friendly atmosphere. Like that you can book online.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch on Christmas Eve with my girl and little fella food was nice and a very nice atmosphere

MJ
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A lovely place to come for Christmas Eve lunch and Christmas decorations at entrance are fabulous. Food was really good although service a little slow. Only one portion of vegan dessert available and no alternative offered. Nevertheless, would definitely recommend.

VM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful Christmas decor.
Calamari starter dried out otherwise rest of food acceptable.
Long wait for mains - over an hour. Kids finished their dessert when we were served main meal
Both kids and adults desserts served without spoons and had to find staff
Pricey but worth it as a treat