Blackfriars Restaurant

4.7
4331 reviews
£26 to £40
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.

Support Blackfriars Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4331 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BeccaE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. We had a lovely anniversary meal and it was made even more special with a complimentary glass of fizz. The staff were friendly and really helpful. We had a great night.

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Susan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Set lunch offered and excellent range of dishes. We went for the 3 course option and was impressed with the flavours of all courses. Great service from all staff who served food and drinks.

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CharlotteG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great value for money, 4 of us ate extremely well on the set menu. Goats cheese starter was beautiful, lobster and crab good, duck egg and cheese starter was excellent.
Fillet, chicken delicious. The fish cakes were nice and the home cooked chips.
Service and staff were superb. Lovely treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was generally wonderful but would love to see more vegetarian options.

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Caroldo
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in such a beautiful building. Service was great. Wine was delicious.

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Samb
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been a few times for dinner during the week or on a Saturday but we'd never tried the Sunday dinner, we loved it. We will defently be back.

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DavidP
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Was a bit cold. Food and. Wine were really nice
Could have done with a pianist for some atmosphere.

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minky
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal in a gorgeous setting. Helpful and friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We were impressed with the decor and seated quickly. We decided we wanted the langoustines, but we’re informed that they were all out. We tried to order the oyster sampler and requested alternatives to the smoked fish, but were told we couldn’t. We ordered a Pinot Noir from New Zealand only to be told they were all out.

We ordered the steaks medium-rare and medium. Both were over-cooked and flavorless if not for the sauces.

Despite all these issues, the waiter didn’t even offer us a free dessert. I would not go back.

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CatherineB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Unique setting in an old Friary. Delicious food really well presented and tasted delicious. Quite pricey so would only go for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, great to be able to take the dog along and for him to be served his own food to!

The courtyard was booked for a wedding but it was still lovely to sit outside street-side.

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ClaireM
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and nice atmosphere. Definitely be coming back.

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colinf
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very thoughtful of you to have an anniversary card on the table when we arrived. Thank you.

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TeresaM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always . First time for dining outside lovely location in the courtyard

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JordanR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, going to be coming again a lot more!

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David
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner immensely. Not only was the food well presented and tasty in the extreme but the wine chosen to complement it was superb too. The service was friendly but not intrusive. All in all we loved it.

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MeganQ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and beautiful food to suit all our dietary restrictions. The perfect restaurant for a special occasion!

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BarrieC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for lunch. The menu is always excellent as is the food. The staff are helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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StephenM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My first lunch time visit so it was quite strange to see the restaurant in daylight! I think of it more as a cosy winter venue so it was odd to be there on a bright sunny day but the food was up to the usual high standard and the service was the right mix of friendly without being obtrusive. Its definitley a venue I'll go back to.

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JanineK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food excellent and great value, service initially superb but not geared up when a large group arrived.

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Diane
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a great quality meal, the presentation and the service was up to the usual high standard that this restaurant sets.

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PhillipP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate outside under parasols in the grass courtyard. Lovely setting for our daughters graduation lunch. Food superb and catered for all tastes. Excellent value for money.

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Peter
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really lovely food...we chose options that we wouldn't cook for ourselves. The beef carpaccio starter was spectacular! We started with G&Ts in the bar...very slow...we did wonder if they were short staffed due to Covid. Better service in the restaurant...knowledgeable about the wine. A lovely evening!

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Grocer99
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding eating experience. Wonderful presentation and excellent cooking. Delightful service. Blackfriars is one of the gems of Newcastle.

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MartinS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, lots of choice and excellent service. Beautiful historical building.

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AnnS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend the crab & cod fish cakes. Cannot fault anything, my friends all enjoyed their food etc. We were well attended to. Made our day out even more special.

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karenf
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation meal for our daughter. The food was outstanding and very good value. Service was fantastic and we will definitely return.

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Pinchy64
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time here, food just as lovely as on previous occasions.

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SophieW
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with amazing food and lovely staff. Thank you.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been before and as we were given a voucher as a gift from our son we booked again. Waiting staff were trying hard. We were served quickly but needed to request HOT food as last time it was lukewarm. We had to recall the waiter to request condiments as none were offered. The building is impressive but not the food. A 10% service charge was taken from our voucher without asking and in my option customers should be made aware of this when booking so it gives the option.

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SueN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch in the courtyard, including dog who lapped up his doggy breakfast double quick. Plenty of choice, reasonable prices, no rush.

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TheBigFella
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was nice but we both had a dish where there was an ingredient we didn’t think worked with the dish, still enjoyed the experience.

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vipArron
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is the 5th time I've visited, and everytime it's brilliant. The food was 5 stars and delicious, the service from Matt and Ellie was outstanding and deserve special credit, and the overall experience was deserving of 5 stars. Round will be incoming ;)

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Matthew
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and experience overall thank you.

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Anon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food setting and service was top quality

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DebS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really excellent restaurant with first class food and in a city centre yet unique setting.

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MichaelH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing menu, very creative dishes, well presented, to a higher standard

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TrisR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location, I know the weather helped. Friendly attentive staff. We had the set 3 courses for £21, exceptional quality and value for money.

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Step
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . Great outdoor setting

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter help us to choose the wine and he told us something about each wine

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blackfriars Restaurant using the Order Online button. Blackfriars Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0191 261 5945.

Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 4331 OpenTable diners.

Blackfriars Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/shop/category/39/gift-vouchers-and-experiences.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.