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

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful tasting food at Blackfriars, but such small portions. The food was adequate enough, but I would'nt say value for money. The drinks were very expensive and all in all we spent £50 including coffees. There was a 10% optional service charge too, but we paid it as we didnt want to make a fuss and say no. The staff were lovely and I couldn't fault the venue at all. Maybe we would come back but only on a very special occasion!

SS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, we will definitely be back. Went for my husband's birthday and we were given 2 surprise proseccos which was lovely. Great atmosphere.

B
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food at Blackfriars. The restaurant was incredibly busy with it being Friday of Newcastle’s brilliant Restaurant Week. After a bit of a hiccup following our arrival (we were seated for half an hour before anyone came to talk to us or take a drinks order) the staff apologised and dealt with it incredibly professionally - for which Iona deserves a specific mention - after which the whole experience was faultless. We can’t wait to go back and sample Blackfriars again.

CR
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, food was excellent, though as it was restaurant week the menu was limited & the drinks seemed over priced compared to other times we had been to the restaurant when it wasn’t restaurant week.

D
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Decent choice on the set menu with 3c for £15, the crispy pigs ears were a bit tasteless but the rest of the dish was nice, but the other starters were spot on. Everyone enjoyed their mains with the belly pork being uplifted with its bean and chorizo stew. One dish was missing new potatoes, this was quickly rectified with a plateful of them which allowed us all to have some.
Sticky Toffee pudding with lashings of sauce and ice cream was a great end to our meal.
Our main waiter, Nicholas was spot on, Great help with our wine choice giving us a few little samples to help us on our way which was really appreciated, along with plenty of knowledge on the menu and a nice bit of fizz for me and a birthday dish for my STP dessert.
Would we return, yes absolutely.

TW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal and friendly service . We were on restaurant week but would go back another time without vouchers

JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest of places, devine food and attentive service

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with Newcastle restaurant week, food and wine excellent and knowledgeable servers, fab all round experience

JC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend to any one great place lovely food at reasonable prices and no loud music

OG
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, service & a wonderful venue. But £5 for a cup of awful coffee!

RS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great offer and food for restaurant week, excellent service, a little loud considering the restaurant wasn't full but apart from that would go again!

GR
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Have visited Blackfriars many times and always enjoyed my meal but this time I was disappointed. The Lamb was in slivers and pink which I do not like. Too many flavours going on too for a roast dinner.

AS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First visit due to a birthday gift voucher from a friend. Opted for Sunday lunch which was delicious. Every element cooked perfectly but personally, I thought the meat portion was small. I had sticky toffee pudding for dessert which was the best I’ve eaten and my husband chose spotted dick which he said didn’t seem like the pudding he remembered and tasted like Christmas pudding.
I would recommend Blackfriars to friends and would happily eat there again.

GT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Disappointed that there was one thing on the menu that was unavailable however was recommended items by the waitress and her knowledge was top class

P
Newcastle
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious meal and fabulous service today! We were celebrating a very special birthday for my father-in-law and the staff went out of their way and added so many special touches (all of which are unprompted). They also made sure my young daughter felt included by bringing rose lemonade in a champagne glass to make a toast. Their knowledge of their food was outstanding. I cannot recommend this restaurant more! Thank you for making our family celebration so special.

C
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went early Friday evening in January for a birthday treat and it did not disappoint. Service was exceptional, food delicious and choice of drinks superb. I will be back and I hope frequently

MH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I’ve been to a restaurant like this and I will definitely go again! The food was amazing and the wine which the waitress recommended with each meal was fantastic!!

s
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Interesting menu & quality was very good
Portions were a little on the small side hence questionable value for money
Guests were 1st timers who were very impressed

PM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A birthday lunch was booked. We were welcomed with a complementary glass of bubbly. We opted for the three course special lunch and were not disappointed. The service was particularly good as our server, Iona, ensured we enjoyed our experience through her personality, attentiveness and recommendations.
we'll be back!

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch for 3. Good set menu value. fantastic food, service and ambiance.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal - lovely meal and great staff 5**

BD
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I ordered Fishcake and Lamb ,my partner Beef --and the waitress suggested we order desserts then as the closing time would interfere if you are arestaurant that purports to be high standard then rushing clients to order 'due to time '' is not protocol
The waitress also suggested the Beef was cooked 'pink' and recommended 'well done' if my partner wished I thought --perhaps the beef had been overcooked and this was pre mitigation
Mains arrived --served both on SOUP bowls --obviously the flat dinner platters were ''in the wash'' -this resulted in ALL the vegetables ,meat and gravy in a mixed up mush and difficult to choose which to eat eat without a mess I tried a piece of my partners Beef and it was TOUGH DRY and tasteless My Lamb was a little better-but nothing outstanding I did not make any comment as this was a special occasion and I was reluctant to spoil it by having a discussion
Bill --£49.06 --which inc 10% service charge --again I was not going to create a scene by querying it --only on return do I see this as''discretionary'
COMMENT
1)If you are closing at a certain time then you should state that --my understanding is LAST ORDERS are 1600
2)Don't rush customers into ordering desserts BEFORE they have eaten their Main
3)If you have overcooked BEEF then dont try and palm it off --Bin it --or make intoBin it --or make into something else
4)Dont just pile the mains onto plates that are devoid of surface area to take it --I can do a better job of presentation at HOME --thats WHY I pay to go to a restaurant -
for ambience ,service and presentation
5)Dont add service charge as a discretionary item --it is OFFENSIVE and in my view too much -as it can spoil an otherwise good experience --if service tip is left to
customers discretion --then staff are more motivated to provide good service and improves /adds value to the psychological contract

g
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only issue anyone in our group had was that the room was too warm - otherwise, all positive feedback from my 7 guests.

RJ
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Blackfriars for lunch to celebrate my birthday. We both had the 3 course set menu and the food was excellent. The staff were attentive but not overbearing, and the setting just added to the experience. Would go back!

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent service first class

B
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A superb venue for any form of occasion - unique and intimate.

CV
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food with excellent service. The cocktails were lovely too. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal out and will definitely be back.

E
Newcastle
21 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fabulous dining experience from beginning to end. The staff and food are of the highest quality. Matt was one of our waiters today and his friendly yet professional nature shone through. We both opted for a new chicken dish on the set lunch menu, chicken with black garlic glaze, and this was ultimately one of the best chicken dishes we have ever had. Yum yum. Many thanks for another brilliant meal.

OT
County Durham
19 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to celebrate birthdays
Food is gorgeous

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and wished we’d been here sooner. Everything about our dining experience was first rate. Will definitely be back on our next visit to the north east.

JB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the early bird set menu, plenty of choice. Quick, professional, polite service from all staff. The food was amazing! Presented lovely and so so tasty! Great value for money. We had a lovely evening, we will definitely be returning.

SH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

All the food was lovely except the vegetarian food which was really not good.

t
London
20 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, a lovely New Year's Eve dinner, with very good food and a cosy atmosphere.

SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brilliant New Year's eve meal. Gorgeous food. Lovely wine. Great ambiance. And what an amazing place right in the centre of Newcastle. We will be returning many times I would think. Loved it

CO
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ideal for that special occasion, my partner was well impressed & is looking forward to returning in the near future for his daughters graduation

L
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Fantastic food, beautifully presented and nice ambience.

LW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect venue and never lets us down, it was booked as a special occasion for a 70th birthday and it was all just perfect. Thank you

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at this restaurant although a reduced menu for seasonal dishes. Couldn’t fault any of the food - it was all delicious!!

JL
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food quick service
Few fan heaters on the go which made it a bit too hot but staff quick to turn them off when we said it was too hot.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I booked here for a meal for our 2nd wedding anniversary. We viewed the menu online and although due to the time of year only the xmas menu was served we both found dishes we liked. The ambiance of this restaurant is perfect for a special occassion. The staff were friendly and attentive and our meals were tasty and well presented. We found it good value for money. The wine list was also varied and well priced.