The Woodmans Arms

4.5
1662 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 1662 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KristenG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We used to used the woodmans regularly before lock down so was our first time back .. we booked our table for my partners birthday for 6.45 on a Sunday … arrived and were seated service pretty much straight away … this is the end of the good stuff .. they had a restricted menu which fair enough things change however had nothing left on the menu to actually offer us … our first drinks order took longer than the food to arrive food came and to be fair was good second drinks order put in waited another 15mins for that when it came out one of the drinks was tipped in my lap we laughed that off what can you do I suppose .. desert was again very restricted the brownie wasn’t good at all but the sticky toffee was edible
All in all really disappointed bill for 4 people was £165 so for that expense I’d at least expect decent service ans a good range of menu such a let down as this place was AWSOME before lock down

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible, drinks were awful really flat and as an aperol spritz is my drink which I have all the time , this was definitely not aperol!!!! I sent it back to which they returned the same drink awful !!!! Sunday dinner when arriving , we were not told of the roasts that they had sold out of! When the dinners did come we had to wait good 5 mins until veg arrived then another 5 mins for gravy which was enough for a small child , not 2 adults . Then was asked if we wanted dessert to which we said no , then she appeared with bill and card machine!!! Really disappointed!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Day after daughters wedding. Meat quite fatty and not much of it. Green veg tasted like it was dipped in hot water. Quite raw and little flavour. We thought it would be a cut above the usual elsewhere. Alas it was poor.

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PeterS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault anything. Dinner and service was fantastic. Our favourite place!

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AF22
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday lunch menu
Starters were great

Recommended outdoor seating

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was cold and some items were not as they used to be. Don’t think I would return again.

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RebeccaW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal good quick service no waiting around, really enjoyed it the Sunday dinner was delicious 😋

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Ladyk8888
London
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Consistently good food and friendly efficient service from all staff the only issue Is temperature of food leaving kitchen not being hot enough. Staff dealt with it efficiently and quickly to rectify the situation

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Jediss
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and Sunday lunch superb cocktail mediocre too sweet, small and expected more, sticky toffee pudding needed more sauce it was just like having cake and ice cream

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good food.

Service from Aaron was exceptional.

SO
ShannonO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor seating area with great designs and decor ,food is amazing every time!

NC
NeilC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good menu
Good waitress and service was fast
Good food hot & tasty
Good atmosphere and ambience

MB
MichelleB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor space, Great atmosphere, food was amazing and service was brilliant.

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Damien
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome place! Great food, great atmosphere and brilliant staff. A tad more pricey than some other local places but definitely worth it for the level of service you receive. Would recommend and will definitely be going back!

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GemmaA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food was quite disappointing. Chips tasted burnt, chicken burger was burnt. Prawns weren't tiger prawns as advertised, they were just king prawns. Waited a long time for food, when we asked we were told our order hadn't been put through. When food came there was also a bowl of chips, pitta bread and steak knife missing. We did get 50% off the bill because of all of the issues, which is great but I won't be going back in a hurry.

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Fishy
Newcastle
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service ! Servers still wore masks .

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richard
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fantastic service, good value and a lovely ambiance. We had a shin of beef and a blue cheese cheese and Mac for mains, the shin of beef could have been trimmed slightly better (skirt around the rib was rubbery) and the broccoli in the Mac and cheese was spoiled with the very obvious taste of a preboiled broccoli which has sat around waiting to be used. Starters were beautiful (steamed duck buns and scotch egg) the duck buns were fantastic! Desserts also beautiful (snickersbockerglory, chocolate brownie). I must impress the mains were not bad! Just could have been a little better but we still thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The staff are very good. We’ll definitely be back to enjoy once again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was our first time here, we went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary with my Dad and step mother. The ambiance is great and staff are lovely. The food was good, the only issue was my dads pie it was really salty. But apart from that the food was fantastic. We’ll defo be going again. I think we’ll try it on a sunny day for dinner next time.

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SusanD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

After we were told not to order pizza as they had too many orders. Asked for a drink of water had to ask again after twenty mins. They then brought wrong order of drinks . Will not be booking again.

KM
KimM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service as always. Staff pleasant and helpful

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Meek
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere great food and service great given covid restrictions would highly recommend

KF
KimF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I booked here for an aubergine starter I loved previously and then realised it was new owners and different menu! It was still all very good food :)
Had to remind staff about drinks ordered a few times but they were polite and overall great service.
It's a beautiful place. Would recommend to anyone.

DH
DanielH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Slightly over priced for standard food. Burgers greasy but big portions and friendly staff.

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leslieP
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent with excellent customer service. Thanks again 😁

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Deborahw
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at the Woodmans Arms. We had never visited before and were staying at a nearby cottage so decided to book. The restaurant was so clean and pretty. The staff were very attentive and pleasant. The food was delicious and hot. Would definitely return.

CW
ClaireW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food good choices really friendly staff will definitely go back

JA
JulieA
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food, would highly recommend a visit

KB
KerryB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal. Waiter was very helpful and tended to everything we wanted on our dishes. Nothing was a problem. Food fresh and very tasty. Will definitely return.

DW
DarylW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I refer to my previous statement second visit and was not disappointed

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Neil
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area. The food was very tasty and there was a great selection. The staff were all very helpful and friendly. Will be back again

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RichardY
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I vowed never to go back to the woodmans after the way i was treat pre covid when me and my spouse turned up for a drink one night, however, I decided to give it another go and it was pretty much faultless. All the staff were really friendly, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was lovely. There was some ignorant smokers standing next to the non smoking area which was annoying but a member of staff asked them to move without us having to bring it to their attention. All in all I will keep going back as we had a lovely evening.

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Eleven
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool decor, efficient staff and delicious food. Over ate as the camembert starter was huge but too good to leave.

JG
JoanneG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service in a beautiful setting

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a fabulous venue

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KeithN
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have used this facility twice in the last four weeks and on both occasions have received the highest quality of service, I would recommend this to family and friends and we will return again in the near future

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Sunday lunch

AL
AngelaL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time since it changed hands and had been recommended many times. Lovely Sunday lunch and I had the veggie nut toast and the best nut roast I’ve had. Would recommend the food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday dinners around 🎉

JR
JohnR
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was fine other than the fact we were left 45 mins without being asked if we wanted any more drinks or the bill. Another table arrived, ordered drinks, paid and left in this time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing every single time. Food sublime and service fab!

FAQs

The Woodmans Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 1662 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.