The Woodmans Arms

4.6
1504 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 1504 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChristineN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal to celebrate a belated Golden Wedding Anniversary. Thanks to the staff for setting up our table and hiding the surprise cake.

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ElaineH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is lovely slightly expensive when eating as a family but worth it.

We had lovely waiting staff especially Ellie who was very busy and always kept us informed with our order.

We asked to move outside and the staff were really accommodating and lovely with the children.

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ZoeP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so professional and friendly. Top quality customer service!

MK
MicheleK
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Didn’t have food only drinks. Drinks expensive could have been in Newcastle for a night out

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JaneM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to come here. The service is impeccable, staff are so friendly and helpful. Food is amazing too, especially the crispy squid and home made pizzas. Would thoroughly recommend

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Mamose
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice lunch with good food and pleasant serving staff, will certainly recommend.

LM
LisaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and won’t be our last! It was all lovely but the starters were amazing!

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Dineout
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place great food staff very efficient and friendly, COVID safe will definitely be going back

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Abbyb
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always and all of the staff who servered us were so lovely

AM
AndrewMc
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big fan! Always have been! Top food as ever! Great waiter as well who knew his stuff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Table had a great view of the countryside. Service was just right. Food was delicious. Couldn’t eat it all so food boxes were provided. Absolutely lovely lunch - the first in such a long time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Will defiantly be returning.

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Lexy
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food took quite a long time to come and the desserts even longer, however it did look quite busy inside so understandable! Love the outdoor seating and food was lovely

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Lwa1
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely out door space, good food and great variety of drinks

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Angela
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely and staff attentive , would recommend

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Lesley
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Expected mire availability on the menu as lots of main dishes and sweets sold out.

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TrevorR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There was a lot of the food sold out so menu was very small . Could have said when arriving at the venue about limited menu.

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Niamhb
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The girl who served us (sorry I did not catch her name, she had a pink ish fringe with her hair tied back) was absolutely lovely and so helpful and attentive. We were super surprised with how good the food was, I would definitely recommend the camembert! We will be visiting again soon and recommending to our friends :)

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SarahC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Wouldn’t allow us to order children’s meal separate as soon as possible e arrived despite the children being so hungry they were crying, this was because apparently it would confuse the kitchen too much if they put the kids meal then the others meal through later !!!!!

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FionaC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Place has went right down hill. Undercooked steak that was mushy and inedible. Over done veg that had clearly been laying out all day. Place used to be lovely but won't be returning

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LoreenY
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch was gorgeous. The service was excellent. Staff very friend and happy to help.lovely restaurant.

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KrystynaD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Food was, some of the worst we've had for Sunday lunch (partner) and fish and chips (me). Tasteless and very greasy. Pork loin had rings of anemic fat around the outside and veg was awful.

Shane as setting and surroundings are lovely

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Vix12
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Would like to have had the option to sit outside when I made the booking.
Ordered drinks to then sit outside. Thought the drinks would be brought to us rather than us carrying hot drinks ourselves through the pub. Apart from that, really lovely experience

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Sophie
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic service. Stall on the ball with everything.

JP
JohnP
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service at a good price. A very popular restaurant, always busy.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was really nice, just a shame about the service.
Really slow, did not ask us if we would like any more drinks, I did not ask up if we would like dessert, a long time after out mains.

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Lauren
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service! Best Sunday roast we have ever had! Definitely recommend to anyone!

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ErnieH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great but expensive, we only had a 🐟& chips 🍟& a pizza 🍕with one drink each & this was only Beer 🍺 & the cost was £40 +, hope this helps.

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Lexie
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good and prompt however the service was lacking and the waitress we had was quite abrupt. She was quite rude and forceful when talking our orders and bringing the food. The poor service did take away from the lovely food and atmosphere sadly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and first rate food and drinks!

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KevinH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Various dishes were not available particularly on the dessert menu

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service can’t wait to be back

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Keely
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon/evening with friends staff tentative and friendly nothing was a problem.
Thank you

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Sandra
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Setting beautiful and food was delicious. Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, friendly atmosphere. Followed all Covid rules. We all had a lovely time.

TG
TracyG
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday celebrations with my friends and had a wonderful time. The staff were so lovely and friendly and very attentive. Took our orders quickly no long waits and our waiter Aaron was exceptional. Highly recommended.

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MichelleA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening. We were shown to our table promptly and drinks orders taken. We were given the food menus shortly after. Service was good, friendly staff and food delicious.
Would recommend.

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Foxy
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Meals are not as good as when the woodmans first opened. The card payment should have been explained with all the different gratuities before I proceeded. Felt on the spot and pressed wrong button paying £16 for a tip the food didn't deserve this extra amount.
Wont be returning in the near future

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were regular visitors to the Woodmans pre-lockdown and supported their regular take away events throughout - as a couple and with the whole extended family - first time back since re-opening and apparently it’s under new ownership. Oh dear. Waited an eternity for drinks then even longer for our food. When the food did arrive, a medium-rare steak was incinerated and though promptly replaced two polite requests to speak to the manager about the wait and the state of the food were ignored.
The Woodmans might be a local pub but the food prices are such that a certain standard is expected - both on service and in quality. Sadly, it’s totally gone missing.
Footnote - our server was only on her second ever shift. Not only did she try her very best but she was woefully ill-supported by her employers. Good luck to her but much improvement needed elsewhere.

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ChrisH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food prices high for portion size, vegetarian options boring but other then this on a whole we enjoyed our meal.

FAQs

The Woodmans Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 1504 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.