The Woodmans Arms

4.5
1558 reviews
£25 and under
British
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. Best British Pub Pie winner for 2020.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1558 People Are Saying
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AshleighU
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great service was excellent highly recommend, defo be going back

TC
ThereseC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time at the Woodmans, the food was delightful! The Camembert starter is a real winner 👍

CM
CarolynM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Good choice of food for all appetites which was very much to our liking as we had one large meal, one medium sized and one light.

AH
AmyH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food staff all helpful and pleasant will be back again

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Fishy
Newcastle
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice quality good cooked to perfection! Great service

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BeverleyL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best last minute decision to go for lunch. From start to finish staff were impeccable. My husband had tempura prawns to start and said best he has ever had. I had boa buns, fabulous.
And I can see why the pie is ‘award winning’.
Thank you all at the Woodman’s Arms
Will definitely be back

JS
JackieS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food
Friendly staff
Good fast service
Would recommend to family and friends

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1234
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Very overpriced for basic food. For 2 adults and 2 children to have a meal it came to £100! The food was fine but certainly not worth the money.
Lots of items missing from the menu. Kids meals very overpriced!

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LynseyD
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday dinner, food arrived quickly and service was friendly and efficient especially for a busy fathers day.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers day

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emmag
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We used to love visiting here but feel the food quality and service has really gone down hill which is such a shame

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RachaelP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Would definitely recommend

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Rddddd
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Bland vegetables, chewy almost inedible beef and Yorkshire pudding that was crisp all over.

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VikkiS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food bland and not worth the money was disappointing. Service was good though polite and friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Fathers Day mean. Food was amazing & the place itself is beautiful. It was our first time after many recommendations from friends. Great service from lovely staff & an all round lush time.

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SamanthaL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Dinners werent very nice was lovely last time but they were tasteless and Yorkshires very greasy.

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HelenJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal for father's day, absolutely beautiful food and amazing service. Can't wait to go back.

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Higgy1
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely as always. Didn't feel rushed to leave our table even though it was Fathers Day and busy

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Jamie
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Such a good atmosphere and the staff where amazing so nice and friendly! Food was so delicious and really well priced! Will be coming back very soon.

LJ
LauraJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were really helpful, the place is lovely as well as the food and drinks! Really recommend

CM
CharlotteM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Staff are lovely food is always great they allow dogs which great!!

KV
KVEI
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Nice Atmosphere, with fast service.

KS
KimS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and enjoyed by all. Service was a touch slow but was worth the wait!

HP
HelenaP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great food, good service and good atmosphere.

ER
EllieR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant staff and amazing food will definitely be coming back

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HelenF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner with friends.
Beautiful surroundings and very covid safe. Would highly recommend the steak pie.
The quality of the rump steak one of our party had was unfortunately disappointing but everything else was lovely. Would definitely go back but wouldn't order another steak.

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April
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Fries were under cooked and chicken was burnt. Chef also forgot to put dressing on our burger and the wait for good was very long. I was disappointed as my previous visit was amazing but food was very poor this time

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LaurenI
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was shocking... Table of 4 of us went, 3 of us got half our food (still waiting sides).... 4th meal came with sides 15 minutes later. Food was not as nice as usual.

Ordered deserts, came out half an hour later.... table service and drink service was so slow!

Table was booked for 8 - didn't leave until 11, only had 2 courses.

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AndyB
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic. Very very good quality and generous portions.
Food service was a little slow but to be expected when the tables were full.
Staff were very polite and attentive.
We were sat outside which was pleasant but noticed there was a lack of cushions for the benches (we nabbed a few from other benches), this is small gripe and easily rectified and didn’t spoil the experience.
I can recommend the tempura squid starter, the best I’ve had in a long long time and the steak, leek and ale pie which is huge and delicious. Others had the fish and chips which were generous, the burgers and duck leg. All went down well.

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OliverR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent, the steak pie was one of the best pies I have ever had. Highly recommended and my family and I will certainly be returning.

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HB20
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service. Forgot chips but brought out as soon as asked. Bread was quite burnt. We were seated in a very dark area. All flower decorations were a bit much. Food tasted good.

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Amber
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place! Nice homely feel too it and the food was delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We waited quite a while at the door no-one said the waitress was coming good evening or anything. So not a great welcome. Food was lovely. Except desert for Eaton Mess no fruit or compot. So that basically was just ice cream and cream. I asked for plain 2 scoops of vanilla ice-cream and cream but was only 1 scoop.
If we came again we would not have the desert.

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AmyO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service.
Lovely ambience but a tad noisy.
Some things on menu not available so only reason marked down.

MT
MaryT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service and great food. We will be back.

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Burni
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We enjoyed our visit but would highlight a few shortcomings in our overall experience. The food delivered to our table was wrong and had to be returned. We waited an additional 10-15 minutes for the correct order to come to our table. The majority of french fries on my serving were 'scraps' from the bottom of the bag and they were NOT spicy as described on the menu. We also received the wrong bill and had to exchange with the table next to us who received our bill at the same time. Attention to detail therefore needs to be addressed across the teams.

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ChrisR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night! Staff were great and made the night very special

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Suzie
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were sat underneath a speaker and had to ask for the sounds to be lowered as we were meeting friends and it was too noisy to chat. The staff member did this promptly. There was alcohol free beer on offer which was a big positive. The menu had a great choice but was a bit on the expensive side for what was pub food. It was good but not great and I’m not sure we would be rushing back.

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TracieH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Staff were very good. Love the way its been decorated.

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LynneG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Quiet little nook in the bar. Amazing bao buns and tempura prawns washed down with a gorgeous rose.
Perfect!

FAQs

The Woodmans Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 1558 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.