Blackfriars Restaurant

4.7
4335 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.

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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 4335 People Are Saying
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IreneT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent visit.
Fab food. Staff were first class.
Great service lovely atmosphere

GA
GemmaA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great service. I have a food allergy and they really looked after me. Look forward to going again!

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AlexS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

CM
vipCatherineM
London
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday meal for my daughter. Food excellent. Service brilliant as always.

KB
KatherineB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful!
Chose set menu. Food was delicious, staff friendly & attentive.
Beautiful setting, would highly recommend a visit.

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FionaP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday lunch menu has something for everyone
Great value
Mackerel pate amazing
Lamb not as good as expected too thin and flavour lacking
Belly pork best I've had
Chocolate pudding chocolate custard was delicious
Service was attentive
Definitely a good choice

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Londinner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We waited over an hour for our mains. No one came over to communicate with us. We eventually had to ask where the food was. A meal that was meant to be relaxing turned into a race to finish our meals in time for my in-laws to catch their train.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service

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GavinS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High end food and quite pricey but very worth it. I will continue to go back as I have never been disappointed.

JS
JohnS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a group of seven we were seated in an area that was comfortable and not disturbed by other diners

SG
SusanG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive but not intrusive. At hand if we needed anything.

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LLoo
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely setting , different to modern international cuisine . Attention to detail and quality of food and presentation delightful. Will go again.

DG
DanG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food to savour and enjoy.
Informative staff.
Reasonably well spaced diners at the time booked.

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SueR
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set menu , available before 7, is great value and delicious. The a la carte menu isn’t as much to my taste so we tend to eat early.

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Lighthouse
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing along with great customer service and atmosphere at a great location.
I always believe in giving a reward and tipping for excellent food and service but to be told there is a automatic 10% service charge on the bill without any prior notification put a negative on a such a great evening

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EmmaB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Wonderful yo be back!! Really enjoyed it whole experience..

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AbigailB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We started with cocktails which were great, followed by a two course meal. Both starters were lovely (goats cheese and scotch egg) and my main (beef fillet) was amazing, but sadly my friends pork belly was a bit dry and underwhelming. I ended up giving her some of my beef as it was her special meal. Generally a lovely atmosphere but the table next to us was noisy.

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mikec
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and attentive staff nice relaxed meal

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RichardN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu at lunchtime. We took advantage of the matched wines for each course, which certainly enhanced the meal and the whole dining experience. Overall I highly recommend it.

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Graeme
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual from arrival to leaving, warm welcome, friendly staff , excellent staff, great food, , cannot wait to return

JA
JudithA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered duck terrine ,grouse and chocolate tarte . All very nicely presented. Tasted good.. recommended wine with chocolate tart ,out of this world . Very polite and helpful staff. Clean toilets. Good atmosphere

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent staff and ambience food excellent quality

AW
AlisonW
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

excellent food, exceptional service and attention to detail. will definitely return

LR
LesR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening celebrating our Anniversary, Blackfriars never let you down!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The service is outstanding. Have been a few times and never been disappointed.

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GinaS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my partner for his birthday, was lovely to come in and have a birthday card on the table very thoughtful,
The food was beautiful! The service was amazing & lovely drinks, will definitely be returning when we return to Newcastle!
Thank you so much to all the team!

JJ
JessicaJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food served by friendly staff in beautiful surroundings

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Susan
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely, set menu made for a less expensive way to enjoy great food. The beef fillet was worth the supplement, and while pink was recommended they also cooked it medium for one. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. We were also able to take our time for a great post covid catch up.

DG
DanielG
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was fantastic, the food and the wine was also excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoint’s WoW! Had an amazing time !! For my 50th Birthday!!!👍🏻

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Set lunch menu great value for money.

KC
KeithC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A la Carte menu is different and worthwhile,may appear expensive but taste and appearance explains.

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vipRusty
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and great value. Lots of choice on set menu. Good deal on drinks and cocktails too.
Fabulous service!

PR
vipPaulineR
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Have usually had a lovely meal, however the standard has greatly deteriorated, the main meal arrived cold, looking like it had been thrown together, and wasn’t even the quality of a pub lunch, very disappointing

PM
PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The visit was absolutely faultless. Welcoming and attentive service, lovely restaurant, quiet ambience and excellent food beautifully presented. Visited other restaurants in Newcastle over the previous 4 days (I had a friend visiting), and Blackfriars stood head and shoulders above the others.
Will definitely be returning.

KM
KatieM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing restaurant, the food was perfect for every course.
The staff were polite, prompt and tentative.
The little touch of a birthday card on the table was also very nice.
It is the little things that makes somewhere stand out and make you want to revisit and Black Friar's did this well. From the food to the atmosphere and decor.

DG
DerekG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Steak was perfect, Dark chocolate tart is to die for. Pity about lots of beer on menu not being available

GF
GemmaF
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, location and staff. I can't wait for my next visit 😊

DV
DanielV
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I have ever had and we will be returning in the near future for sure

DW
DavidW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience.
We had wines paired with our food by the waiter which were great.
I can’t fault any of the food which was cooked to perfection, and delivered as good sized portions.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blackfriars Restaurant using the Order Online button.

Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 4335 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.