Blackfriars Restaurant
Blackfriars Restaurant

Blackfriars Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01912615945
  • 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
479 reviews since 2 June 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.1
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (332)fit for foodies (252)romance (200)business meals (134)sunday lunch (120)good vegetarian options (111)group bookings (105)pre/post theatre (102)outstanding value (99)brunch (51)afternoon tea (29)child friendly (27)disabled access (13)outdoor eating (10)Show More
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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 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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  • Special Occasion
    Shame
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    I booked this meal for our family of 4 on my partners birthday - which I did highlight on the booking for. This was not reconised what so ever by the members of staff by even a happy birthday which was such a shame. The waitress was not very chatty and handed the menus and when I stated we had not been before she managed a very small smile. The staters were lovely along with the main dish compliments to the chief. Unfortunately 2 of the sweets the crumble (which was not a crumble as such more like something out of a packet which was not cooked let the restaurant down) We do believe there was a problem as it took forever to arrive. Such a shame mind
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  • Blackfriars, Newcastle
    JCNewcastle
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    The food at Blackfriars was really good. Everything else was poor. I prebooked seats for 7:15pm. It was my first visit. The only table available was next to the toilets. I immediately told them this was unacceptable. We stayed as I did not want to cause a fuss and ruin the night + it was too late for us to go elsewhere. Throughout the meal I had a clear view of inside the ladies whenever someone went in and was leaving the toilets. The waiter plunked house fizz on our table and mumbled apologies for the table + left quickly before we could tell him we don't drink wine, sparkling or otherwise. Service was poor + waiters were inattentive and mumbled alot and did not speak clearly. I suggest going for their 5-7pm special not full price.
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  • Karrie
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    Excellent food and the early bird dinner menu is very good value. Service very good, surroundings lovely.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • NOV1
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    We all had an excellent time here, the food and the service was outstanding, our party consisted of colleagues of different nationalities from around the world and they all enjoyed the food and especially dining in the Medieval Hall. A fantastic night was had by all of us. Thanks again to all the staff.
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    business meals, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Poor
    edh1uk
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Not very good and as I did get get an acknowledgement from Blackfriars to a previous complaint I don't intend to continue his survey and wont be going back or recommending it to any one
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  • service
    diningout18
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    The service was very good off the girl who served us on Sunday lunch. Food was good and portion size was very good
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    business meals, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    RayJay
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Blackfriars may be a little difficult to find for non-locals as it is in a quiet position in the old part of Newcastle, set behind the city walls. It has a wonderful atmosphere with excellent food to match. The menu and wine list are interesting without being over long or complicated. Each dish had one or two recommended wines to accompany the dish. This restaurant is a bit more expensive but the food and ambience make it a good venue for special occasions
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blackfriars live up to it's legend
    4theloveoffoods
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    excellent set menu recommended, the monkfish starter was very nice, then the steak was juicy & tasty. to finih, I had a sublime dessert, the Blackfriars top dessert was indeed excellent!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ganinsborough
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    ambience good, food not as good as i remembered it. Very salty. Most disappointing was some very gruff service. Never had that before here so hopefully it was just a bad day.
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  • Night to remember
    TMBR
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It is an amazing place with an excellent menu and incredible people who attend the guests. We liked so much that we repeat the experience the following nights. I totally recomend this restaurant to anyone who comes to Newcastle.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Mozzie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Lunchtime set menu changes regularly and is good value. Service is pleasant and attentive. Portion size is good and food of a high standard. A consistently good dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • V Good Experience
    Beef
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Enjoyed a good meal after a good wine tasting event. Great service, good atmosphere, good value
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  • best restaurant in Newcastle
    Hunter
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Simply amazing, the three course set menu lunch is unbeatable.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    A table was booked for 4 of us it was the pefect evening, loved the food and the ambience. In fact one of us who had the mushrooms on toast with poached egg complimented the waitress to say it wasn't good it was only the best starter he had ever tasted! It was all very very good.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Ender
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I love Blackfriars - it never disappoints. The food is great and, considering the high quality of the food and the venue, it really is great value. Highly recommended!
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in wonderful surrounding
    Elvira
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Went for the pre-theater menu, £15 for 2 courses and £18 for 3 courses. Absolutely delicious. Food all beautifully cooked and well presented, the ambiance in the restaurant was wonderful and the staff were all very professional and friendly. We will definitely go back next time we are in Newcastle. Would highly recommend this marvellous restaurant. 10/10
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Mozzie
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Lunchtime set menu very good value. with a decent choice of dishes. Service attentive, but rather long wait between starter and main course - possibly due to wedding party in restaurant at same time. Lovely building, but accoustics in upper section rather noisy.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place ever
    Jackie
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Fantstic well made local food. Chef is really helpful for alternative diets. Foodies will love it.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait!
    HappyEater101
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    I had been trying to get someone to come with me to the Blackfriers restaurant for ages and I finally got there on my Birthday. The welcome from the very helpful staff was lovely and although I had booked the day before we were seated immediately. The food was fantastic, mostly traditional British fayre but presented beautifully. I will definitely be going back as often as I can and I have told everyone who I know that it was one of the best three course meals I had enjoyed in quite a while. Lastly because we went for lunch the bill for three people, eating a three course menu each, was outstanding value.
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    outstanding value
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  • An ok meal
    Goodfoodcritics
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Had booked this meal 8 months in advance for 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. Had no idea that the restaurant closed in the afternoon and that we were the last sitting so were surprised when the waitress came over and said they were closing in 5 minutes and our guests and ourselves had to scramble to get taxis to take us home. The food was nice but felt we got the tale end of the days food...good but nothing special...disappointed after all the reviews and anticipation for a great experience and wonderful food. We live in the US and had no idea what this restaurant was like ...none of our guests had been either...I don't think any will be back.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • visitor
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We went for the first time to Blackfriars as it is rated the best place in town for the Sunday roast. It did meet the expectations, staff was very friendly and the atmosphere in the restaurant very pleasant. We liked the quality of the produce and the fact that they are local. However, one negative point is that the size of the roast itself was a bit small (and also a bit tough), though the vegetables were plenty.
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    brunch, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Friars didn't eat this well.
    tomma
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    First time at Blackfriars and was not disappointed. From arranging the booking and the follow up calls/e-mails received to confirm booking, the service was excellent and attentive during dining. The menu was varied and not overpriced for the quality of food. This is an exceptional restaurant in the North East and well worth the visit for a special occasion or a change to the usual Friday night curry.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Top restaurant
    Jumbo
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Blackfriars is an excellent restaurant, great place, staff excellent and food top notch.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Qwerty
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Both our starters and mains were excellent, along with the complimentary amuse bouche. The food was slightly let down by the unimaginative cheeseboard for dessert, but overall I would thoroughly recommend. Unfortunately the ambiance was spoiled due to a table with a young child who was playing with building blocks which were scattered all over the floor underneath the table I was directly facing. All of the attention to detail was lost by allowing this in a restaurant - I understand businesses need to be accessible to all, but what's the point in creating a fine dining experience & then allowing children's toys to turn it into a nursery. There's a time & place for this, go to the Wacky Warehouse if you want to take your child out to eat!
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • SUPERB
    lpoko
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Having been before we wanted somewhere a wee bit special for a birthday bash for my wife's sisters and we were so glad everyone had a great time. We were there at lunchtime for 5 people and as ever the food the ambience and of course the amazing staff attentive as ever. Clean plates all around and the black pudding starter is to die for!!! so thanks again for a memorable lunch and hope to return in the very near future.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant.
    charlie1
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    The menu offered a great choice. The food was fantastic & so was the wine selection. The restaurant has got a lovely atmosphere about it. Staff were also friendly & the service was fast, despite the place being very busy.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shame about the service charge
    edh1uk
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I have given 5 stars for most items but I was very disappointed after we had left to find that 10% had been added to our bill without us being asked. We were not asked when paying the bill if we wanted to pay this "discretionary" charge added. We had not realised that there was a charge until we checked the bill when we got home and we have since checked the web site which does tell you that there is a "discretionary 10% service charge" . I strongly object to having these charges imposed and being told what level of charge I have to pay. Yes the service was really good but as I say to have a charge forced on me that is a no no and would certainly influence my decision to go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We had an excellent meal with delicious ,interesting food and brilliant service throughout the evening.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    h8bog
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Great local food, excellent choice of local beer, friendly service, good value. What's not to like? Our party of four visiting from Yorkshire would certainly eat here again and recommend it to others.
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  • OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND VALUE
    LJWNE39
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    The Blackfriars lunch is simply outstanding. A very comprehensive menu of interesting options, all very competitively priced in the table d'hote option. The service is always very friendly and attentive without being oppressive. Superb! This was our third lunch at Blackfriars in a month and we will definitely be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Running out of superlatives!
    happycouple
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Latest menu up to standards of previous as you would expect of this "gem" Well done to everyone at Blackfriars.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fab food, lovely staff
    BarbaraH19
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Lunch is £15 for two courses - great value - but then of course the desserts are irresistible too so you will end up going for three courses. All food exquisite and staff lovely - service a teeny bit slow but it didn't really matter in this case.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • A revelation
    Oldeworldecharm
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nestling in a secluded area , the setting of a friary, the old world charm, the good food and attentive staff made a very pleasing lunch venue. The fact that the ingredients were locally sourced, fresh and good quality is a big plus.Would recommend it and will return soon.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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