The Woodmans Arms

4.6
1320 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 1320 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had dinner last night, everything was perfect. We will be back tomorrow.

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louiseG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience5

Food was expensive for what you get and the menu has dishes which are incorrectly labled gluten free. We made a complaint and my partner left with stomach pains. The manager told me they would change the menu so i'm hoping they will as it's very dangerous and illegal.

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Jessica
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice outdoor area with good cover. Lots of heaters and blankets to keep us warm. Food was really good.

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JillH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely food, really nice place to go for drinks and food. Highly recommend.

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Whitz
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Brilliant setting. Lovely food, good selection of beverages and a very cosy atmosphere

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StephenB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic Sunday lunch in the tipi, fire was roaring and food was spectacular! The team were very friendly and helpful, can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was just warm,didn’t want to complain as they were trying their best and have just reopened,we used to love the Sunday lunches and went most weeks,we got beef brisket and lamb,not a patch on when the other chef was there,Aaron our young waiter was marvellous nothing was too much trouble

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EmmaD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Our first meal out in ages and had been recommended here due to the amazing outdoor area esp with two children and it was really nice. My only slight complaint was it took a while to order and we had ordered the pork for my children and beef came however we accepted and food was absolutely delicious and serving sizes were huge so all in all was a great experience. We felt totally safe, had plenty of room and were very sheltered too! Thank you! X

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PamelaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff friendly and helpful. Food excellent and plenty of it .service and value very good highly recommend.

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LuanneW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first experience at this venue and we will happily return. The Sunday lunch was outstanding quality and quantity and the owners have gone to great lengths to convert ample outdoor areas to be COVID safe, with great atmosphere and a good presence of staff, who were very attentive and friendly. Temporary bench seating was uncomfortable but can be forgiven as they are clearly working super hard to give the best possible experience under difficult circumstances. A great venue to visit at any time with lovely food.

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SundayDinnerfor6
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a good time at the woodmans Arms. The outside area is decorated nicely. The waiter serving us was lovely but seemed run off his feet so service was a bit slow. The food was tasty but quite cold. I guess this is to be expected when dining outdoors. The heaters weren't on where we were sitting but the temperature was bearable in our jackets. It initially seems quite expensive but good sized portions for the Sunday dinner made that a bit better. A separate gravy jug for the vegetarian dinner was welcomed. Overall a good experience and would go again. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening, covid safe &

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CATHERINE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice venue well catered for COVID, pleasant staff, good food and drinks

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mikeM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic new menu which tasted out of great British menu and 1st rate service. I now spend most of my life in London and if this restaurant was there, it would clean up!!! Well done guys and keep up the high standard set 👍

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KarenC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Having been booked for 2 month was offered table with wet seats and heater not working, drinks took half an hour to arrive, as they were concentrating on cocktails, we were only waiting for a bottle of wine and 4 glasses , they weren’t bothered either. At end of night tried to insist on service charge which we didn’t pay , instead gave £100 cash for £96 bill. Later they came back to table insisting we had underpaid by £5, we hadn’t! We paid the £5 and left and won’t be going back.

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KateK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing service and food from Woodsman Arms. They have really thought of everything to accommodate outdoor dining!
Loved every minute and would definitely come back!

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Esra
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The home made steak and ale pie was fantastic, it's a 'proper' pie not one of those awful casseroles with a pastry lid. Only complaint would be the mushy peas were just like a minty puree which tasted of mint not peas and they were cold. There's no need for it just mushy peas would have been great, but overall a nice meal.

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SusanF
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well organised for social distancing outside are comfortable and warm. Great service and lovely food

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a really enjoyable evening. Lovely setting and outstanding service from Aaron!
Will definitely be returning with my family.

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AngelaD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there since lockdown started. Apart from the weather everything was excellent. Our waitress, Pauline, went over and beyond and we couldn't thank her enough.

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CarlaS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Five beautiful meals and desserts and outstanding service from Aaron

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Summer
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! The first time I have ever been to the Woodman’s and loved every second. Very concise and clear COVID rules making us feel safe, extremely friendly staff which is always a bonus, quick and faultless service. The food was absolutely beautiful and for a decent price as well. Outside seating area was stunning, practical and varied table sizes made it easy for moderate party sizes to attend, spaced next to heaters as well which is perfect when the night gets chilly. I can’t wait to return and plan to for my birthday in July.

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StephenC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love it here, first meal out afternoon lockdown and we will be going back. Staff were sound, food was interesting and tasty. They were super friendly with our dog as well.

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Lal235
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was AAMAZING! Lovely outdoor sweating with heaters and under cover. Will definitely be back!

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LeighC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time I’ve been out for food since the restrictions have been lifted & you guys were allowed to open outdoors to serve food and I’m so happy I picked the woodsmans arms for my first place to venture out to. Couldn’t recommend you guys enough. Staff, food, atmosphere was excellent (as per to be honest). Will be back soon. Thanks again you guys have been a huge miss!!
Kind Regards, Leigh

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MarkD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent top class service and food

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Walkheed
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was average for the price, appreciate the waiters may have been chilly outside but a little enthusiasm goes a long way too. Dirty cutlery swapped out upon request but expect a little more during a pandemic. Not in any great hurry to return.

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JordonD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely coming back, overall was 10/10. The food was so tasty

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JoanneL
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food as always, lovely staff and venue is beautiful

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VickyD
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

👌fabulous place! One of my favourites, great atmosphere

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food and service is always fantastic. It was unfortunate that the rain and wind was bad but the staff brought out blankets and hot water bottles for the guests. Would not hesitate to recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food, service was good they even organised a brownie and candles with it being my dads birthday!! Can’t wait to return!!!

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MccannDA
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The outdoor seating area is lovely and has heaters / blankets to use also!

Service was good. Friendly staff. Would have liked ramicans with sauce in but just sachets on table.

First time visiting and had high hopes from the Sunday roast but I wouldn’t say it was anything special. Wasn’t very hot when it arrived and had a tiny bit of gravy. Had to ask for extra - the gravy was so tasty though. Boyfriend gave the wood fire pizza 7/10.

Overall it was a nice meal and would go back but would probably try a different meat and ask for extra gravy from the start to be safe. Also £14 for a beef dinner and have to pay extra for mash potatoes, I thought was a bit pricey for what it was!

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for Sunday lunch with our children. The roast dinners were the best we've had in a long time. Every mouthful was flavoursome and delicious. Even the puddings and Espresso Martinis for the adults went down a treat. We were undercover but it was cold and started to rain but blankets were provided and the heaters were put on.
The place is done out really well for the restrictions that still remain in place. We will be returning very soon.

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LDW88
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Really enjoyed our night. Great set up for current restrictions. Highly recommend the camembert.

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EmmaN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Table booked because of heaters. Heater didn’t work no alternative table offered though they did provide blankets and hot water bottles for our children. Didn’t deliver correct dessert order. It was our children’s treat for their birthdays, our 7 year old daughter had a birthday badge yet no member of staff mentioned this or made a fuss in any way. It was quite expensive for what it was and not good value. The service was perfunctory and I would rather have had a working heater than hear their excuses for why they weren’t working.

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MaryB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing pub with social distancing and good quality well served food

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KerryS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time here, service and food was great as was the atmosphere. They have managed to create a great ambience outside. Will defo be returning

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BridR
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Good food and cocktails. Nice atmosphere and outdoor seating comfortable and warm.

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MaryT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab environment, fab food will definitely be back

FAQs

The Woodmans Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 1320 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 reservations at the moment.