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Blackfriars Restaurant
Blackfriars Restaurant

Blackfriars Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk
  • Phone: 0191 261 5945
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM, Sunday 12:00PM - 4:00PM

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30PM-late
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, English
  • Executive Chef: Troy Terrington
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: At Blackfriars we serve a classic but gutsy traditional/historic British menu using local and seasonal ingredients – often straight from the farm. There’s an abundance of great produce all around us; mouth-watering aged beef, old breeds of pork and lamb, delicious award-winning cheeses and ice creams, fragrant heather honey, really good organic vegetables, super-fresh fish and a host of award-winning beers. A well-priced Set Menu at lunch, a la carte menu in the evening.
  • Entertainment: Medieval Banquets
    Roast Suckling Pygge with all the trimmings
    Bread-making Workshops
    Kids Cookery
    Dinner Party Cooking Lessons
    Food and Wine Evenings
  • Special Events & Promotions: As well as very popular Bread-making workshops, Kids cookery and Dinner party cooking lessons, Blackfriars also hosts lively gastronomic extravaganzas for the ravenous and greedy throughout the calendar year.

    See website details

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Newcastle Central Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Car park opposite
A word from Blackfriars Restaurant
Blackfriars was voted the best restaurant in the North East England Tourism Awards held in 2013.

Originating back in 1239 when it was built as a medieval friary, the restaurant served as the refectory for the friars making it one of the oldest purpose-built dining rooms in the UK, steeped in history.

The 72 seat restaurant serves a classic, gutsy British menu sourcing seasonal produce from local farms and markets accompanied by a large award-winning wine list. It also has an adjoining 50 seat Banquet Hall and 12 seat Workshop running a range of courses.

Blackfriars was recently awarded 'Best Sunday Lunch in Newcastle' by readers of the Independent, ‘Best restaurant in the North East/Newcastle’ by readers of The Observer and Metro Newspaper. It has also gained an AA rosette, inclusion in the Which? Good Food Guide, Hardens and Michelin Guides.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The staff were attentive, pleasant and efficient. The menu was varied, the cooking and presentation were flawless. We have never been disappointed and it again lived up to our expectations."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Great ambience! Great building. Food and hygiene let Blackfriars down. Overcooked trout and dirty desert place."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Went for an evening meal with my wife. Menu offered a good variety of dishes. The food was lovely and the staff were attentive. Certainly one of the top restaurant experiences in Newcastle."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Our first visit to Blackfriars and definitely not our last ! Salmon and watercress mouse was very tasty and rich although a bit too cold that was the only down point, rump steak was the best I have had ! cooked to perfection chips crispy and soft in the middle. Chicken was juicy and tasty. I will return soon as I think its fab food a real star of a place, keep it up Blackfriars !!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Excellent Service but ended up being ill after the event. could have been the seafood lobster"
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "We visited Blackfriars (for the third time) for my fiancee's birthday. As usual, Blackfriars did not let us down! From our arrival where we were seated (whilst staff set a different table for us so that we could have a courtyard view) to help with wine selection, staff were attentive and friendly and made us feel welcome. The food (including the complimentary amuse bouche) was beautiful, with good portions and quality produce. The quality, service and ambiance provided means Blackfriars remains our 'go to' restaurant for special occasions!"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant for my Graduation meal as it is a favourite of mine. You always get beautiful local food in a beautiful building/setting in a lovely secluded spot in the middle of the city centre. As a foodie it is my opinion it is the best restaurant in Newcastle."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "We went for an anniversary lunch had not been before. The place looks great we were given a table in front at the bottom in front of the bar area. We ordered steak for Main course but were not orovided with steak knives. It was an incredibly warm day there seemed no air con- we asked for water and a jug iof very warm water was provided. As the lunch went on the area behind us was noisy with what must have been washed cutlery being thrown into trays it was really annoying. We had prosecco when we arrived but I wanted a glass of wine with my meal and was offerered just House - When I asked about the selection the waiter didn't know or offer a wine menu? the food was ok but not great but I felt disAppointed by the experience."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Our third or fourth visit. We took our friends. The food was amazing, we all had different things, great service, usual high standards in everything. Durham Brewery beers are great."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We came to Blackfriars for a meal after our daughters graduation. We had a lovely meal and the staff were friendly and very attentive. It was a perfect end to a lovely day."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "We visited after a graduation ceremony in Sunderland. We had not experienced Blackfriars previously however, we will be returning for other celebrations and events. Could not fault the food although it was a task deciding what to choose as the menu as very appetising. For anyone looking to book this restaurant, do not hesitate. Note: Service charge is included in the price (I did not take notice of the bill so ended up paying for service twice)."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Went in for Sunday lunch, but as a vegetarian there is no option for this (I knew this going in) which is a shame as I do love a Sunday roast. I had the spatzle which was nice, but the vegetarian options are limited to only two mains, and I don't think they change very often so it's not some place I would go very frequently due to limited choices. My partner said the Sunday roast (beef in his case) was very good. It looked great. The only complaint I'd have is that while service was generally good, they never asked if we wanted further drinks so we never got more than our first beverages which didn't even last through the main meal."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "This is simply my favourite restaurant in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The restaurant is full of character, the service is outstanding and the food sublime. There is always a lovely atmosphere / buzz about the place and we were not disappointed when we enjoyed an early evening meal on Friday night. Booking is highly recommended to avoid being disappointed as its invariably full which is testimony to just how good it is. Thank you Blackfriars for another wonderful evening."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "This place takes some finding but it is worth the effort. Good quality food at reasonable prices for what you get."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "From the moment we entered the restaurant everything was excellent the food , surroundings and service we will definitely be visiting again."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "great for a fixed price early evening dinner with colleagues. Great beers and recommendations from friendly staff."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Absolutey wonderful restaurant! The food was unbelievable, service was perfect and the place was gorgeous. We had the steak and chips, and it was hands down the best steak and chips we've ever had! And the dessert... to die for! We will definitely be visiting again."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Another trip to Blackfriars to celebrate my wife's birthday - and they never disappoint. Interesting and varied menu with well cooked, well presented and tasty food. The service is outstanding - real attention to detail. Although a confirmed meat-eater, I particularly enjoy their vegetarian menu options - the current menu has baked falafel and walnut loaf with butternut squash puree and poached egg which was really nice with an excellent combination of flavours. If you haven't been to Blackfriars yet then go."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Great restaurant, excellent friendly service, excellent food, prices seemed about right, nice surroundings"
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "We enjoyed our wedding reception here in 2011 and we have enjoyed our anniversary at the restaurant ever since. Another wonderful experience this year and we will most certainly be coming back next year, if not sooner."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Fathers Day was made extra special with such a delicious meal. Quality food in a quality setting...... And all locally sourced too. Raspberry ripple ice cream was the perfect finish."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, service amazing as always, definitely would recommend to anyone."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Restaurant was very good from the welcome to the receipt of the bill would recommend this restaurant to everyone"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "I would recommend the Blackfriars to anyone who enjoys great food in relaxed, friendly surroundings. We had the Lobster to start, which was fantastic. We followed this with the Duck, as our first choice of Lamb had just sold out. This was fortunate, because I have never tasted such well cooked Duck. The occasion was my wife's birthday, and the arrangements I had made prior to our arrival were all in place. This was all topped off by lovely friendly staff. We will be coming back!!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Very pleasant evening, managable portions and friendly service. London prices. I was surprised that the restaurant was by no means full. We enjoyed the evening."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Excellent evening out. First time visit to Blackfriars and we were not disappointed. Very enjoyable meal, food cooked and served to perfection."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "As usual we had an excellent lunch at an outstanding price, in a super place!! The steak was superb. As we have come to expect the staff were excellent being attentive and helpful but not intrusive. It remains one of our favourite places to eat out."
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "Service was brilliant, food fantastic. It was a bit dimly lit but it added to the atmosphere. "
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "We are from out of town. While we thought the standard of food, service etc was excellent, we now think,having dined elsewhere the following evening, that it is a little overpriced. We would rate value for money as 4stars."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "We have eaten at Blackfriars several times before - but this was the best yet. It is a little while since we have been (about 4years!) and I don't know if the Chef or management has changed but the quality of food and its presentation certainly seems to have gone up a notch. Service was just right - attentive without being over-powering. Food was beautifully presented, imaginative and cooked to perfection. Certainly will be going back. Although we ate 'a la carte' the set meals at lunchtime and before 7.00 midweek look to be outstanding value."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant, cannot recommend highly enough. Fantastic value on set menu before 7pm."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "Had a meal there and i have to say both me and my girlfriend were very impressed with the place. The food was brilliant and could not fault it one bit. The staff were very friendly and made us feel welcomed. Some people would that it is expensive but i personally think it was well worth the money. I would definitely go back and i will be recommending it to my friends and family. Thank you for an outstanding meal."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "My daughter and I had the Lunch Special at £18 per head for two courses. It was the first day of Blackfriars Summer Menu and the choices reflected food which was seasonal. We were very pleased with the choices of starters and main meals and would recommend a lunch visit to Blackfriars for good food and pleasant surroundings."
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "pre booked using restaurant website which good idea as got busy with other diners for the early bird menu. 2 courses £5 or 3 courses for £18. Excellent value and choice, could not find fault with anything. Staff friendly and helpful, surprising find in the middle of Newcastle. Would definitely recommend and would return ourselves if visiting Newcastle again."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "an impromptu opportunity arose and we were amazingly able to get a table the same night (well it was a Wednesday) what a treat, the meal was utterly sublime, our hostess, super attentive and very knowledgeable as an exiled Geordie, I was thrilled and amazed that the county had so much to offer. we will definitely return (preferably before it gets a Michelin star and becomes impossible to book!)"
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "This is a lovely place, an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. The food is good and the prices are very reasonable. The beer selection is excellent. The service was very attentive. I highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner. There is also a beautiful banqueting room and plenty of tranquill outside seating."
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Great food, friendly staff and a great time had by us both. Would recommend to anyone."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Very enjoyable dinner - special occasion and fantastic food but not at all stuffy"
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "Absolutely outstanding food again. Service outstanding - we were half an hour late because of traffic but we were sorted straight away (though they insisted they had the table back at 8.30 even though it was half empty then) and we even got to order from the menu that stopped at 7 when we arrived. They didn't have any crab left, which was a shame, but we had black pudding to start and it was amazing. We had chicken to follow and again cooked perfectly (though the sauce was a tad too sweet). Overall we had a fantastic evening, which was made even better by the discovery of Durham Brewery beers - so good we had to go to the brewery the next day to buy a case!"
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch in a great setting The potted crab was scrumptious and the melt in the mouth steak amazing. But even more impressive was the friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming service. Great job"
    dined on 23/05/2014