New beginnings for Durham's neighbourhood pub

When we thought of opening a new bar, Durham sprung to mind. Without a shadow of doubt, we knew a pub in the historic town would be huge opportunity for the Black Storm group. Upon finding out that The Woodman Inn was available, we jumped on the chance to meet with the former owners and take a look around a pub well-loved in the community.

Now, we can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve walked into a venue and immediately thought. Yes, this has the potential to be a proper Black Storm pub. The surprisingly spacious bar, with a pool table, two dart boards and enormous TV caught our eye. Not forgetting the beer garden, a huge area which after some love and care, and the return of the sun, will be a fantastic part of the pub.

We collected the keys only four days before the reopening day and the entire team chipped in to turn The Woodman Inn into a typical Black Storm site. Lead by Paul, Carl, and Tom – the three to steer the ship in Durham - the transformation began and will continue to as we enter the festive period.

Formerly, the pub gained a strong following from locals, who were only to pleased when we announced that we would be taking ownership, breathing a new lease of life into a Durham’s neighbourhood pub. We thought a ploy to bring new and old punters through the doors was to create a weekly events schedule. Following a few days researching what’s popular in Durham, we decided on:

Mon- Monday Club

Tues- Toastie Tuesday

Wed- Quiz Night

Thurs- Free Pool

Fri- Gin Club

Sat- Pitcher Perfect

Sun-Hair of the dog

We surely hope to entice regulars to return for their favourite event of the week!

With the run up to Christmas and New Year, Durham will be a hub of activity. So whether you fancy a break from painstakingly doing laps of the shops, catching up with old friends, or just want to enjoy a quiet drink, here at Black Storm’s Woodman Inn we can offer it all.

Come down, we would gladly serve you!


Last week we waved goodbye to Autumn Brewing Co. and their ALT range of gluten-free beers. In the fast-moving environment that we operate in, we are keen on continuing to innovate and better ourselves, whilst growing the Black Storm group in an upward direction. Therefore, we have decided to rebrand the Autumn range into the Black Storm gluten-free collection.

When we acquired the Seaham based company last year, we knew fine well of their presence in the craft beer gluten-free market; we have been astounded with support and praise we have received whilst brewing, promoting and selling these award-winning beers. We have travelled the length and breadth of the country readied with ALT beers in cans and bottles which have sold unbelievably well.

At first, we were taken aback with the level of interest for gluten-free beers; hence the reason why we are continuing to champion gluten-free beer and will be for the foreseeable future!

To recap, The ALT range was made of up
three beers:

ALT 1: A Bavarian Style Pilsner, ALT 2: An English Pale Ale and ALT 3: A Dark Roast Stout. The latter were gold winners at the Free From food awards 2018.

The Dark Roast stout was exceedingly popular, much so that in the 12 Beers in 12 Months collaboration project, Black Storm decided to use the stout as part the 2019 range.

However, on November the 1st  we decided to remove Autumn’s social media and website which signaled the end of the partnership.

Not to worry! In 2020 will be bring a whole new core range of gluten-free beers.

We hope the followers that Autumn gained through the brilliant work prior to our partnership and once we took the reins, will drive us for a better future.