woodmans arms restaurant review

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Welcome back to the blog guys, after a long anticipated wait as to whether I got my log in back, alas, my OH is a right computer geek and fixed my little issue and after 2 whole months of not being able to write any posts, I am back. Catch up aside, I have been waiting to share my lovely experience at The Woodmans Arms restaurant and bar, which we were very kindly invited to review. As my first ever restaurant review, I was nervous, yet excited, I mean, who doesn't love going out for some tea, and after reading and hearing plenty pretty amazing reviews, I was thrilled to be there. On arrival, we were greeted by the most loveliest of front of house staff members I have ever met. Unfortunately, we did not get her name, but to the blonde woman who served us in October, thank you for making us feel so at ease and for making this night so amazing. I am sure this is a regular occurrence from how many amazing reviews these guys receive but a little bit of kindness goes a great way so thank you!
  Soppiness aside, she was amazing. She arranged for the menu to be edited so any allergy advice with regards to nut allergies was highlighted and alternative ingredients were offered as everything was made in house. How bloody fantastic is that?! We were shown our seats, perfect view of the alluring Whickham countryside, hidden amongst the trees, the experience of visiting The Woodsman Arms is so charming and with an amazing exterior that is enchanting enough to lure anyone in, there is no surprise that there is seating offered both outdoors and indoors. With is being mid winter, we opted to stay indoors (obviously) and as we went mid evening, the dark nights were amongst us so not suitable outdoors photos unfortunately. 

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 photo credit : spoors photography

photo credit : spoors photography



 photo credit : spoors photography

After a nosey around the restaurant, viewing their rooms available for functions and events and their very own pizza oven area, we pondered the menu and were overwhelmed with the effort of the chef, annotating the menu to provide us with a suitable allergy advice for each individual dish, including an offer of swapping unsuitable ingredients with an alternative to accommodate Rob's nut allergy. This alone was a reflection on the fantastic service we received throughout the night and would highly recommend that they take the time to put this into a actual allergy advice book as we found it super handy and easy to read. After perusing the menu, reading through all the dishes on offer from appetisers, light bites, mains and even a vegan menu, with the choice for gluten free options thrown into the mix, I went for black pudding tatin with a pouched egg, peppercorn sauce and crispy pancetta pieces (£6.95), Rob opted for the Haggis scotch egg served with herby mayonnaise (£7.10). 

  photo credit : spoors photography

  photo credit : spoors photography

  photo credit : spoors photography

  photo credit : spoors photography

 photo credit : spoors photography

As I am a sucker for a large portion of grub, they did not disappoint with the sizes of the starters alone. On a crispy pastry bed, my black pudding tasted amazing and the black pudding was cooked to utter perfection. Rob could not stop raving about his Haggis scotch egg either and after having a taste of each others, we both agreed these may possibly of been some of the tastiest starters we have ever tasted. Although the portions were enough to possibly share one between two (Joey doesn't share food rings a bell with me and the other half however, we don't share food hehe!) we were hungry for more! Even the salad served with the appetisers were so crunch and succulent. For mains, I ordered fish and chips (10.95) and Rob, Shepards Pie (£10.95). Normally, I wouldn't order fish and chips at a restaurant as I feel this can be a bit of a cop out as you can go sit by the beach and endure the seaside experience which chowing down on a piece of fish and overly salted chips, but, someone on a table near us ordered and I seen how gorgeous they looked and smelt so it was a no brainer. 

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These are one of the best I have ever tasted. With fish locally sourced, you can really taste the freshness of the cod and the batter was super light, not too oily or beer-y. The chips, chunky, filling, perfect compliment to the fish and mushy peas, well, what more can I say, a perfect pairing. All served with a tartar sauce, my ideal chippy tea all presented fantastically and tasted out of this world. With complimentary vinegar served on the table, lashings of salt, they were perfection. All washed down with a glass of Pinot Grigio,  I could eat the whole thing again, and again, and again. 

Robs meal, smelt bloody marvellous. As I don't eat lamb, I didn't have a cheeky taste, but, Rob made sure to let me know how devilish his tasted. Slow cooked lamb shoulder, with a dressing of cheddar cheesed mash and seasonal greens, he was drooling at the sheer sight never mind the taste. He enjoyed his dish so much he's tried to recreate it at home. As expected, no where near as scrumptious as the one served at The Woodmans Arms which obviously means another visit soon...

Normally, we wouldn't opt for a pudding as puddings are often laced in nutty goodness, but we has a noisy at their incredible pudding menu and found homemade sticky toffee pudding (£4.95). Our absolute favourite. Although we were ready to burst at the seams, we opted for one to share.

 photo credit : spoors photography

                                                                            photo credit : spoors photography


Served hot, with a lashing of cooling vanilla ice cream, it was a perfect way to finish an absolutely gorgeous meal. Not too heavy, but just the right amount of stodge to feel like you've had a guilty treat that is well worth the calories. The meal as a whole surpassed my expectations and I could not have been more overwhelmed by the help of staff members and the pleasure of their company. Within an amazing setting, you have all the things you need in a superb restaurant, good food, friendly staff and a implausible atmosphere, they're all right here at the woodmans arms. We will be returning soon, and for many more visits after I'm sure. 

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 photo credit : woodman arms

 photo credit : woodman arms

 photo credit : woodman arms

 photo credit : spoors photography

 photo credit : spoors photography

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