Blackfriars Restaurant
Blackfriars Restaurant

Blackfriars Restaurant

  • 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: English, British
  • 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: 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.

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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Blackfriars Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
494 reviews since 28 November 2013
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.1
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (338)fit for foodies (262)romance (204)business meals (136)sunday lunch (122)good vegetarian options (109)group bookings (107)outstanding value (103)pre/post theatre (100)brunch (52)child friendly (28)afternoon tea (27)disabled access (13)outdoor eating (9)Show More
  • lovely meal
    alexwoody11
    Dined on 23/11/2014
    Go quite often, staff are prompt and helpful and the food is to die for! Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blackfriars Nov 14
    steveA
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    Outstanding food in an old and interesting setting. Extremely good value for money.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blackfriars Newcastle
    Diane
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    My second visit to this restaurant after a group visit in the summer whilst working in the area. Great value for an early evening menu - £18 for a three course meal. The ambiance makes this venue special and the waitress attentive. Eating alone I never felt uncomfortable and sat in a corner lit by candlelight. Food was top notch - Try this restaurant if you want something special and different. Can't wait to return to Newcastle to try their next lunch / early evening menu as they change each season.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Sammy40
    Dined on 13/11/2014
    The atmosphere inside is very welcoming and inviting. The food was fantastic but the standout dish was the sticky toffee pudding. The staff were attentive and not overbearing. We ate from the lunchtime menu and got the three course meal with drinks for less than £50. We are already planning to return to try the other items from the menu!
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Value and excellence
    Pleasure2eat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It has been some years since we dined here, and I had forgotten how much we enjoyed it. I went with my husband and sister as a treat for her birthday. She loved it. The historic building is a delight to be in. The tables are well positioned, cosy but not intrusive. The early evening set menu was quite extensive, and real value for money. My Monkfish starter was zingy, and the salmon and linguine which followed was succulent and substantial. The sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream was amazing, extremely rich. The wine was a good price, too. I took the advice of the staff and was well pleased with the Voignier I chose. We will definitely be back, and have recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Great Food
    TubbyWaffler
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We picked Blackfriars to celebrate son's 40th - and were so pleased that we did. From start to finish, food and service were excellent - as was the wine (lots to choose from) - thus making the celebration a great success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • First class
    DebC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Having visited Blackfriars on many occasions, we always have high expectations and are never disappointed. On this occasion we had the early bird special, and took 2 family members for their first visit. They were delighted with the choice on the menu, and the quality of the food first class. We had 3 courses, with fish cake, monkfish and mushroom starters, cod, pork, chicken and chowder main courses, and all of us had different delicious desserts. Staff are knowledgeable, attentive and very pleasant. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Special
    Tercel
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Fourth time we have visited Blackfriars and it never fails to impress. Excellent food, extremely knowledgeable and friendly service (Laura), who recommended matching wines and tailored the cheese-board to meet our taste. Highly recommended and we will return.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • MID WEEK NIGHT AWAY
    MOJI
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    PICKED AT RANDOM FOR A ROMANTIC MEAL FOR TWO SERVICE AND FOOD OUTSTANDING WON,T BE RANDOM WHEN WE RETURN WITH FAMILY CAN,T WAIT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful 4 hour Sunday lunch!
    hstef
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We had 3 courses here for £18. We wanted to take our time and the staff were excellent. They have an a la carte menu as well as roast on offer so plenty to choose from. The starter and main were delicious but the real show stopper was the sticky toffee pudding, probably the best i've ever eaten. Would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Well balanced
    epsfoods
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I had some fears that we would be just eating at a theme pub, but whilst I believe this is a special event option, I was pleased to find that the Blackfriars does holdup well as a restaurant. Good quality of food and drink enjoyed by all of the party with attentive waiting.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    We visited here 31st October and were disappointment with the food itself. It was all rather bland and tasteless, the lamb tasted boiled and the gravy had no substance or flavour. Similarly the cod although looking good did not deliver on flavour. Given the fabulous reviews we had expected better. Peace & Loaf 100% better, if you have not been give it a go. On the plus side the restaurant is lovely and so were the staff. Better value would be the happy hour meals before 7.00pm.
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    fit for foodies
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  • outstanding
    foody1
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    First visit and was impressed with everything. Food quality and price was fantastic. Staff were attentive without being over bearing. Will definitely visit again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, good value food
    Gillywig
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    I've been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The menu offers a good range of options and is always perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent Again
    DAL146VIP
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    The sort of place you can take visitors or friends and guarantee a great local meal.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • JULES64
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    First time at restaurant, lovely 2 course meal, food very tasty. Restaurant was quiet late sunday afternoon so made it more pleasant
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Sammy's 21st
    DaveAndCalla
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Blackfriars certainly tried to make our celebration memorable, with complimentary fizz and a magnificent cake. I would recommend them for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Experience
    Simone
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    I booked into the restaurant for a special occasion on my partners birthday. The atmosphere, environment, service and food weer fantastic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding .. but ...
    worldtraveler
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Food, location, ambiance all superb and could not be faulted !!! Service however was wanting, many queries received the "I'll have to go and check" answer, the complete sense of humor failure and aloofness of the waitress spoilt an otherwise great evening.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Fantastic pre show dinner
    rossya
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Great choice on fixed price menu. Lovely staff and would like to visit again and enjoy a more relaxed meal as we were in a rush as going to a concert this time around. Beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once more.......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Once or twice a year we visit Newcastle to do some business. We would not think of having lunch anywhere other than Blackfriars - every visit has been enjoyable with good food and excellent service, always. If we have any regret it is that we have not yet had the chance to sample the Dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    business meals, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could be better
    happyeater
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    The food was very good however for such a highly rated restaurant the service lacked finesse. We indicated we would share the starter but was not offered an additional plate when the starter was served. For the main course the waiter asked who was having which meal which again you do not expect from a restaurant of Blackfriars reputation. On studying the dessert menu, we had not decided when the waitress approached for our order, so she said to give her a shout when we ready to order. Again not first class service. It was a shame the poor service spoilt my birthday celebration.
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    special occasions
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  • Best Sunday lunch in Newcastle?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    I searched online for the "best Sunday lunch in Newcastle" and after sifting through, booked the Blackfriars. I was not disappointed and would recommend this establishment whole-heartedly. From the warm welcome, attentive service and fine food I could not fault it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Fantastic food
    Birthday
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Great food, great service Would return for a special occasion
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blackfriars
    Bickle
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    When we arrived they try to put us on a table in a dark corner extremely close to other diners, I would suggest they just forget about that table, I cannot believe anybody would accept that, however they did find us a lovely table by window which I would have expected having booked in advance. Service was friendly , food excellent, very enjoyable meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Wonderful food,excellent ambience and great value for money.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely fantastic restaurant
    kelly2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We loved this restaurant, it was the first time we had visited and would definitely return. It was beautiful inside, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the food on offer and what it tasted like. The food was outstanding and very good value for money as we got the 3 courses for £18. Even though it was busy during the lunch period we were not rushed at all and left feeling very full and satisfied. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sons 18th
    Lovelylunch5thOctober2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Lovely food as usual, friendly staff always willing to help and make changes where possible
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nisse
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Very positive expierence, we had a lovely evening with excellent food and service.
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    romance
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  • yummy british food
    cate
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    strong menu with lots of British classics with some flair to make it standout from what you'd make at home. Quality of ingredients high.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dining pair
    vennisonlovers
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    Little more expensive than some, but the quality of the food and service make it worth it. The starters were excellent, well presented, but the flavours outstanding. The best meal out for a while. Will be back.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super food
    Bazza1
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. We like the way the menu changes regularly and the food is always superb.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Perfect
    320757
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    The menu reads very well, I wish I could go back every week to work my way through it. Amazingly beautiful setting. Staff were excellent without being too fussy. Wines and beers had extensive choice and again were superb. Food wise it eats as good as the menu reads. My only slight critique was the mains portion sizes, they were very small. Take advantage of the free bread! This coupled with having to pay extra for sides make it more expensive than it seems. Still very good value considering everything is faultless and top notch quality.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious lunch
    DarrenH2
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Delicious lunch, always something interesting to try. Great attentive service. Best value restaurant around.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet lunch
    Fab40
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Food was good as usual, but presence of a large hen-party on a late lunch perhaps was the cause of feeling like we were being rushed through our lunch, which was a shame.
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    good vegetarian options
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  • 21st Family Birthday meal
    me2u
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Great ambiance due to the candle lit atmosphere and amber lighting. Loved the medieval feel to the restaurant. Great british food , particularly the rump steak. Well done as requested and cooked to perfection. The three different flavoured sorbet desert was delicious, allowing all flavours to come through and compliment each other. Staff were very friendly and very efficient. A fabulous night out, would highly recommend for any occassion.
    Special Features:
    brunch, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Early Evening Joy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Been here many times and enjoyed it but didn't know they had a set and low priced early evening set menu - Result
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A rather noisy special occasion.
    CUMore
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    This was my second visit in the past year and it even managed to surpass the first. The buttered lobster starter was out of this world: quite the best blending of flavours I can remember. The dover sole, served with caramelised shredded vegetables, was memorable. My companion was equally delighted with her food. The only downside was a table of loud-mouthed men with raucous laughter who, to our great relief, eventually left. But that's life, isn't it. I should add that your friendly staff did much to help us enjoy our evening.
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  • Excellent meal, service not great
    galaxy
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Went for a mid week meal with the hubby having been a few months earlier with friends. We were shown to our table as soon as we went in and offered drinks whilst we looked at the menu, great service initially but then the service stopped. At no other point were we offered another drink, after 20 minutes of trying to catch a waiter they eventually brought over a drinks menu and again we waited an age for them to come and take the drinks order ( which was only after I called someone over ). They never cleared the used glasses, despite clearing plates. Service and long waits between courses really let down what was a fantastic meal, which at only £18pp if you dine before 7 is excellent value for money, it was just spoiled by poor service
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent food
    Joanne17
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Excellent food and good service. Ideal for a business lunch.
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    business meals
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