Tucked away at the top of a hill in Whickham, surrounded by fields and trees, lies an absolutely gorgeous restaurant called The Woodmans Arms. Now I’d seen many pictures on social media of this highly ‘Instagrammable’ bar and restaurant, but seeing as The Woodmans Arms pride themselves on their traditional and honest food, I was especially keen to try their Sunday roasts!
There is no denying that the restaurant itself it beautiful – from the colourful and fun-looking exterior (including an amazing wooden terrace that will be fantastic for summer drinks) to the eclectic and cosy interior, The Woodmans Arms truly is a delightful setting to have a meal. Although I visited during the day, I can imagine that the restaurant is a very romantic setting to enjoy a date night; the warm lighting, views out over the Whickham valley and cosy, secluded booths would be perfect. I’d especially like to return and book ‘The Shed’ – a beautiful private dining area adorned with flowers and stylish gardening decorations.
Despite it being peak time on a Sunday, the service at The Woodmans Arms was extremely efficient and the staff were very attentive. Forgoing starters (I was far too keen to get stuck into my Sunday dinner), I opted for the pink leg of lamb. Although the lamb was probably slightly over and not quite pink in places, it completely and utterly hit the spot. Accompanied by a mammoth Yorkshire pud, roasted root vegetables and potatoes, seasonal greens and a side of savoy cabbage with pancetta, this roast sent me straight to foodie heaven.
My dining companion went for what would have been my second choice meat – the slow roasted beef brisket. It looked and apparently tasted fantastic! We were both very impressed that The Woodmans Arms were aware of the North East’s affinity for gravy, and were over the moon when they brought out an extra jug of gravy without being prompted to. I was tempted to also order a side of cauliflower cheese, but having already paid for the side of savoy cabbage (£2.45), I thought it best not to. There was plenty of food on the plate anyway!
For me, a Sunday roast isn’t complete unless it’s followed by a sticky toffee pudding. The Woodmans Arms’ sticky toffee pudding did not disappoint – it was wonderfully sticky, oozy and moist. Although it was swimming in the most delicious toffee sauce, if I had to say one thing, it would be that a scoop of vanilla ice cream would not go amiss on this dish.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday roast at The Woodmans Arms and both agreed that we’d return one evening for a date night, and perhaps in the summer to enjoy a wood-fired pizza and a couple of cocktails on the outdoor wooden terrace! The roast dinners were reasonably priced at £11.95 (excluding any additional sides) but most importantly, tasted divine. This is the perfect spot for a Sunday dinner and I’d recommend it whole-heartedly!