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.

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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 3589 People Are Saying
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LG
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DR
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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?

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

SC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, food excellent, nice feel to the place, quite good value, first time and not the last, we Even got a anaversery card and drink on the house, loved it

SG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Short but varied menu Quality of food good Service attentive but not overly so Wine list varied if a little pricey Overall a nice evening with descent food and service

K
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my husband's birthday, when we got there a birthday card was waiting on the table and we were given a complimentary glass of bubbly! The staff were really helpful and the food was out of this world! We will definitely return!

DB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. The atmosphere in the restaurant was lovely and the staff were great! Highly recommend!

MJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this restaurant 5 stars all round!
Delicious food, city centre but in a lovely historical setting historical interior which adds to the ambiance. Great service too.

E
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived early but no problem with being accommodated. Friendly staff , shown to table. Service was excellent with meals and drinks arriving at the right pace. Food of excellent quality with a good choice of wines. Food and wines could be on the expensive side but when the quality is right then it becomes acceptable

S
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pleasant unhurried lunch in nice surroundings. The food was good though the first course was like warm.

OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, service and location

JB
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. The staff were friendly, pleasant and helpful. The food was delicious. Thank you very much.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have had better service and food for my dads 79th birthday ! Thank you to the fab staff

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue, service and the food was spectacular!

J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely food and great quality.

JM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best chicken I've ever had. Service was faultless and our waitress went above and beyond for us. We will definitely be back!

JW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Good value, good food but felt we were rushed through the courses and that the staff wanted us out. It was restaurant week so I do understand the staff were busy but this spoiled my friends retirement celebration somewhat.

E
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
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 on 24 January 2020
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.