Blackfriars Restaurant

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£26 to £40
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British
Blackfriars was voted the best restaurant in the North East England Tourism Awards 2018. Originating back in 1239 Blackfriars Restaurant is located in a medieval friary where it served as the refectory for the friars, making it one of the oldest purpose-built dining rooms in the UK. The 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 for private parties and weddings. Above the restaurant is a Cookery School and Wine/Beer/Whisky Tasting Room. See web for events. Blackfriars was 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.

Special Offers

Lunch: 3 courses & a glass of fizz £21

From the set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 1 January 2020

Ends: 24 June 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

What 3606 People Are Saying
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H
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with excellent ambience and delicious food. The pricing was decent.

BW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Myself and my partner came for the set menu, the food was under seasoned, visually poor and disappointing, the service was cold and unwelcoming. As well, to top it off, I asked to take the rest of our bottle of wine home, and our server said she had thrown the cork away, but would we mind if she picked it out of the bin! Absolute shambles from start to finish, and very overpriced.

JD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Great value set menu. Remarkable variety of food. Historical setting. Staff always very helpful. Love this restaurant. First choice for eating out in Newcastle. Highly recommend.

AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch time at Blackfriars on a snowy Monday.
Venue was relaxing. Warm, quiet and comfortable.
Food was excellent. Nice choice on set menu, great presentation, tasty and good value.
Service was great. Lovely friendly staff, timing perfect, not rushed and made to feel welcome and valued.

D
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue,service(staff are brilliant),and ambience.Not cheap but thoroughly recommended.

B
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good the restaurant is lovely and in a lovely spot the service was best part everyone that served us were amazing can’t wait to go back

TP
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had Sunday lunch here. Service was excellent, attentive without being pushy. Food was very good, although my lamb was a little bland. Next time I'll choose the beef or chicken which my partner really liked. Nice atmosphere - busy but not noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a lovely building

D
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was beautifully cooked , well presented and absolutely delicious. The staff were attentive and
friendly. This restaurant certainly deserves a five star rating.

AG
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly professional staff and the most amazing food I've had in a good while , was a perfect treat.

R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location steeped in history which only adds to the whole dining experience. Booking was very easy on line . The service was very good, the waitress knowledgeable of the menu and able to give suggestions when we told her of our preferences.
The food was extremely tasty, full of flavour and well seasoned. I only managed 2 courses but those in our group who ate 3 said the sticky toffee pudding was to die for! This restaurant is my go to place in Newcastle whenever I want a dining experience a bit more upmarket than the usual fare available in the rest of Newcastle without breaking the bank. I will certainly be going back.

EB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a trip to celebrate my mum's 70th birthday and Blackfriars was the perfect location to celebrate it. We had the lunch set menu and were blown away with the quality of the food. The best thing about this visit though was the lady, who looked after us so well. She made my mum feel very special and ensured our visit to Blackfriars was worthy of the 5 star rating it deserved. My only regret is that I cannot mention her by name as I didn't ask. Blackfriars is well worth a visit.

MA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails to deliver ! I have dined here on numerous occasions and always enjoyed everything about Blackfriars.

JB
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As ever, high quality food, attentive (but not obtrusive) staff, and a warm setting on a cold evening.
Not the cheapest place to eat but not over the top expensive either.
Fair value

ER
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted with a warm friendly welcome, the lunchtime menu had lots to choose from and the food tasted amazing we can't wait to go back next time we are in Newcastle.

LG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Sunday lunch, food was excellent, great value for money. The service was first class.
Thank you

J
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The ambience of the restaurant itself was nice as in the decor I have been a few times before and the food has been nice. On this occasion the food wasn't even hot barely lukewarm and it was not up to standard the lamb was undercooked and tasted off and the belly pork was very small, chewy and extremely salty. The vegetables were watery and the dessert wasn't hot either and overly spiced. The dinners were mixed up i.e. some of my party had dietary requirements and these were not reflected in our order. The service was awful we had to ask for everything and we were ignored when trying to catch our servers attention, we waited 20 minutes just for a dessert menu even though we had paid for a 3 course meal we were never asked. We were also never asked if we wanted anymore drinks. We were first in the restaurant so it wasn't overly busy. A discretionary charge of over £10 was added to the bill in hindsight we should of asked for this to be removed but we just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. Won't be returning anytime soon.

JO
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to be recognised immediately after revisiting a year and a half after getting married there. They do a lot of weddings so bonus points to management. Staff were attentive and food delicious as always, if slightly on the pricey side but as it was a special occasion we could justify it. Happy to return again :)

JE
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Valentines meal with the girlfriend. Something a little different from the norm. Portions a tad on the small side but definitely quality over quantity. Will definitely be returning soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from entering to leaving was fantastic. Food was amazing and staff where really friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back.

HB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food from the Al a Carte menu with good wine ensured we had a very enjoyable evening with very attentive service. Will definitely go back.

K
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Last weekend we had family over from Ireland and we decided to go somewhere lovely for a meal on Friday night. From the moment we got there, the waiter Matthew, was rude and made us feel very unwelcome. We ordered our drinks and food and about half an hour later we got our starters but still no sign of drinks. Eventually our drinks came just before our main course. My husband and I ordered the share board of steak which came tepid and at £55, we were very disappointed. Matthew continued to be rude throughout the meal and we left with very sour tastes in our mouths after paying a £300 bill. Would never return, would not recommend!

AN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, knowledgable staff for food and drink and historic surroundings.

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Good pairing of digestif with dessert.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very enjoyable meal.

KB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful old building, cosy nooks, staff friendly and knowledgeable.
Wine list good, tasty local beers, selection of whiskeys. No brandy or cognac though, which is a surprising omission for a restaurant of that quality!
Main course excellent. Desserts a little lacking in choice and imagination.
Ambience and lighting all perfect.
Music though - really not needed in a restaurant. However, it was low enough not to spoil conversation. In that case why bother?

AJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening at Blackfriars, however my steak was very undercooked and when it was taken away to be further cooked, it was returned well done and inedible.
The customer service was fantastic (removing the steak from the bill) and we will be back especially to sample the Sunday lunch.

S
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Loved the opportunity to treat my family to a delicious meal

AR
Cornwall
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb staff - friendly, professional and efficient. Excellent food each time I visit.

JB
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another fantastic experience. It was my birthday and they served me a complementary glass of prosecco and even put a candle in my desert with Happy Birthday written on the plate...staff singing Happy birthday!! Lovely touch to a great meal. Can't wait to come back.

PS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Good value. Especially the early menu

G
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service , welcoming , good food , good atmosphere.

JG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Warm , friendly , nice atmosphere and above all the food quality was very good.
Service great

KB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service wonderful food great venue a gem in the heart of Newcastle

G
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value meal. Excellent service throughout.
Assumed "fizz" given on arrival (without being asked) was complimentary, surprised to find it on the bill

L
London
25 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding lunch at Blackfriars. 3 course lunch special so much to choose from and a bargain at £18 each. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We have never had a bad meal here!

ED
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I booked the restaurant for my sister's birthday lunch and was very impressed with the friendly service and the food was really good. I'm always critical as my partner was a chef so we are usually difficult to impress! Everything about Blackfriars is to be recommended. Wouldn't hesitate to go back.

CW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday Lunch! I would recommend. We will be back soon. Thank you

JH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Sunday lunch here. Veg cooked perfectly and a lovely selection and just the right size portion. Meat pink and tender. Only criticism, which I often having when eating out at various places for Sunday lunch, is the Yorkshire pudding. It was far too hard and crispy - usually a sign of being reheated. Staff were very professional and helpful. One of our best Sunday lunches.

NM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best starter I’ve ever had in my life (corned beef) and the sticky toffee desert was also really good. Was a bit disappointed in the main carvery meal. I had the chicken which was really nice but my boyfriend’s beef was practically raw and the Yorkshire puddings were really stale. The service was amazing but if I wanted a carvery again I’d probably go somewhere else