I don’t know about you, but my favourite meal of all time has to be Christmas dinner, (mum’s is the best of course) and I often find that a festive meal out can be quite bland. Don’t get me wrong, I am particularly biased because nothing will taste better than a home cooked meal, but I get the feeling that Christmas meals at restaurants are less flavoursome because they are made in such volume.
This year was my first invited Christmas meal, which was hosted by the Woodman’s Arms. I was really looking forward to their bloggers evening which we would all be sampling their Christmas Fayre Menu, because I had never had the opportunity to be invited to try out a restaurants festive course before. If you have been to The Woodman’s before or read a previous post of mine you will know that it is a bit of a drive from Newcastle’s city centre, but I do always say it is worth that drive. The hosts actually put on a coach service picking any bloggers up from Newcastle and taking us to the location and then back. This meant we didn’t have to drive and we could have a cheeky cocktail or two.
Upon arrival, the restaurant and bar area had been decorated extremely festive. With a holly arch way and multiple Christmas trees, you could definitely feel the holiday spirit. We were greeted with a glass of Prosecco which had a mini candy cane on the side and some gorgeous personalised decorations.
There was quite a few of us bloggers at the event and took over the private dining area which can be hired out, fitting around nine tables. We got to chose where we wanted to sit and ordered our first dishes. My table went for main and dessert but starter options were available. Options include prawns and crab salad, chorizo and roasted red pepper Risotto, vegetable broth with herb dumpling or Coarse Ardennes pate with garlic and thyme crostini. The Christmas Fayre Menu offers two courses for £16.50 or three for £19.50.
Everyone on my table decided to order the classic roast turkey breast Christmas dinner. The turkey was really succulent and we got two-three slices of the meat. The meal was also served with chestnut stuffing and all the festive trimmings. If you weren’t feeling festive just yet, other main courses available included butternut squash and lentil wellington, oven baked cod or roast loin of pork.
All courses were served with seasonal vegetables including, roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots, green beans, cabbage and sprouts. I love my gravy and although the meal did come with some, I would have liked maybe a little side jug because we did end up asking for extra.
Everyone was in the festive mood, with mulled wine being offered to each blogger as well as a stunning festive gin Christmas tree. I tried the cranberry and elderflower spritz which was really refreshing but there wasn’t enough for my whole table. One of the staff was so attentive and got a bartender to whip us up a special cocktail which we actually all preferred. The main ingredients included passionfruit, lemonade and Prosecco.
On to the dessert, and we had a choice of spiced apple and berry crumble and custard, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and of course their homemade sticky toffee pudding and ice cream. If you have tried the latter here before then you will know how good it is and that I had to order the sticky toffee. As ever, the dessert was so delicious. A rich butterscotch sauce drizzled over the soft sponge and went perfectly with their vanilla ice cream.
Overall, I had such a good evening laughing with some of the blogging gals and eating great food. Thanks to The Woodman’s Arms for hosting a great event and catering to all of us bloggers. The Christmas Fayre Menu is now available until Monday 23rd December but excludes Sundays for their usual roast dinner service.