The Woodmans Arms, Whickham

A couple of weeks ago my friend and I headed to the Woodmans Arms for a catch up over some food on a Saturday night. Situated just out of Whickham, the site had been a pub owned by a chain for many years until it was taken over and transformed into the Woodmans Arms last year. I’d seen lots about it on Instagram and I was really excited to get to try it out after my friend suggested going.

We live about 20 minutes drive from The Woodmans Arms, its surrounded by countryside and woodland with amazing views over the valley. It has a large outside terrace with plenty of tables, which would be lovely on a summer’s day. Inside, you’re greeted by a flower wall perfect for some Insta shots. They’ve really gone with the flower theme, including lots of potted flowers and a dark floral ceiling, that’s really on trend. It reminds of The Botanist and its nice to find somewhere so modern and driven by trends outside of Newcastle.

We decided to go for some mocktails and I appreciated the small selection they had. Although I don’t mind not having an alcoholic drink its nice to not have to drink coke when I’m driving. They also have a good alcoholic cocktail menu and you can order a whole tree of cocktails, perfect for a few drinks with the girls. We then ordered starters; I went for calamari with sweet chilli and garlic dip and my friend for the king prawns with chilli jam. I enjoyed my calamari but I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve had. They have quite a large range of starters that all sound really good.

Their mains menu has a large selection that would please everyone including traditional pub food like fish and chips and vegetable lasagne, a grill menu for steaks, and a huge choice of burgers and wood fired pizzas. If you the whole family everyone would be able find something they liked. We both chose burgers; my friend The Mexican and I had the Prawn Star Burger. My friend’s looked delicious topped with chilli con carne and cream cheese and jalapenos and I was very jealous when it arrived. My burger was topped with bacon, spicy cheese, a deep fried king prawn and chipotle mayo. I enjoyed it but really struggled to finish it and I was a bit disappointed in the fries, I prefer proper chips but these were very skinny, pale fries.

They also have a gorgeous looking dessert menu with lots of traditional puddings but unfortunately we were too full to try any. We did stay for an extra drink and I always appreciate a place where I can relax and I don’t feel rushed to finish and leave. It has a lovely atmosphere and I think it’s the perfect place for a family meal or a few drinks and some food with friends. I was really impressed with décor and I think that’s their main selling point, it a fun place to go but the food isn’t the best you’re going to find but the pricing is mid-range with big portions so its good value compared to some Newcastle places. I will be going as I think my family and boyfriend would really enjoy it.

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