Blackfriars Restaurant

4.8
4266 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 4266 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexP
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, though service could have been a little slower (mains arrived as starters were cleared).
Very appreciative of the complimentary birthday fizz! Restaurant fairly quiet (it was a Tuesday evening!) but surroundings were lovely. Very reasonably priced.

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AnneC
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service provided by a very friendly and attentive waitress who attended to our mobility needs very efficiently.

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kena
London
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go for lunch every Tuesday. This was the best meals we've had since all resturants
opened after lock down

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Cara
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our lunch sat out in the garden. Great service and great food.

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Pinchy64
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday with a friend, lovely homemade bread and butter to start, I had the butternut squash soup which was lovely, my friend had the asparagus with duck egg and hollandaise sauce, for mains I had chicken breast with potato puree, sweetcorn, spinach and salad Verde, my friend had 2 fishcakes with chips, again both were delicious. We had cheesecake and sorbet and sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream, again wonderful. We were given a glass of prosecco with a raspberry with it being a birthday. Very good service. We were surprised how busy it was for a Monday at 1215. Will come again.

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HelenM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Lovely chilled vibe and historical building.

Love this place

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KSTOOTH
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch yesterday for Father’s Day
Excellent food ambiance and service

KD
KarenD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the service was second to none

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AmandaH
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a three course Sunday lunch which was good value for money. The staff were welcoming and friendly. They were very attentive throughout the meal. Would recommend for a family outing.

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MarkB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It is always a treat. So pleased to get back 😀

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NicolaK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for a birthday celebration.Food fabulous, lovely staff and good atmosphere.Would definately recommend

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HelenW
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

First trip to this restaurant. Had à la cart menu early Saturday evening. Enjoyed cocktails in the sunshine. Restaurant inside was a little dated. We were seated adjacent to the reception booth Which was disappointing as the restaurant was half empty. Delicious starter of sharing plate seafood. My main course was disappointing; stuffed noisette of lamb. The portion was tiny, the stuffing was cold and the accompanying peas were like bullets! My partner was much happier with his choice of steak which was well cooked with delicious chips. Desserts were disappointing. Once again my portion of custard tart was tiny; the custard was stodgy and poorly flavoured. The company strawberry sorbet was delicious. My husbands coconut Panacotta was watery and rather tasteless as well.
Restaurant staff are very helpful and pleasant. Overall, a pleasant evening but food was disappointing.

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DavidA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience great atmosphere first restaurant outing post lock down and felt very safe and comfortable and the QR menu system was very easy to use (make sure you have a scanner app on your phone)food was wonderful and a fantastic wine selection aided by incredibly knowledgable staff which is always a plus.

Saturday evening visit and sometimes you can be rushed in some restaurants to free up tables not the case at Blackfriars, one downside and I think it caught a number of diners out was that only the A La Carte menu was in use which obviously is a bit more expensive.

I had the lamb which was delicious with the addition of buttered potatoes and green beans (£4 each extras) saw a very clean plate partner had the langoustines and a rather large portion arrived which sounds good but normally for langoustines I would expect maybe 3 or 4 as they are on the bigger side of shell fish think these were the babies hence the portion size still tasty and sweet, other downside to the dish it came with fries, I would normally expect a bed of pasta and it just didn’t match up.

One other thing with the langoustines there are no shell breakers with the dish (even asked incase it was left off in error) but no not available I thought it would be given for any shell fish of that ilk so a lot of the meat in claws is lost.

Drinks are good and wine selection good and cocktails are nice, could maybe do with a signature cocktail as it was a pretty standard brand generic choice.

Great evening good food and wine and wonderful company what was there not to enjoy so we will return maybe a week night just to try the alternative menu

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We had a fabulous lunch at Blackfriars to celebrate a birthday. Everything was wonderful - the food, the service, the ambiance. I am looking forward to going back.

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bennetts94
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, Outstanding Staff and Fabulous Atmosphere… What more could you ask for?!

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carolr
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Blackfriars. Been at least half a dozen times and never disappoints. Great service, fabulous food, great ambiance. I have introduced several friends to Blackfriars and they have all loved it and returned many times.

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FlorenceD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service very good. Had lunch menu which was comprehensive and catered for all but the most fussy

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service

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ladieswhodine
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening, enjoyed excellent service, delicious food (the beef was so tender) and very good house wine. All three courses were beautifully presented and tasted really good. The bill, including service charge, was just under £300 which represented very good value for money.

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Yorkshireman
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends to celebrate a birthday and everything was excellent.

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ElaineT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one of my favourite venues, a lttle bit special, lovely food, excellent service, beautiful surroundings

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Dave
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality of food and super friendly and efficient staff,EWAN especially worthy of praise.

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IanG
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Superb food in a unique setting. It was a really enjoyable experience as always.

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Sooo
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous 3-course lunch from the set menu (fixed price) with the added bonus of 125ml glasses of wine chosen to complement our food. I had whipped goat's cheese, pickled beetroot and candied walnuts - one of my favourites from Blackfriars. The drinkers enjoyed the choices of wine to go with their ham terrine starters and mains.

Covid arrangements were fine, staff helpful and knowledgeable.

Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back!

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EvelynS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I visited for lunch our first meal out since lockdown . It was a very enjoyable experience ! The food, the service, the atmosphere all excellent !!

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BedaH
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great layout of restaurant and great service.

CM
CathrynM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I have been to restaurant and I will be back, we enjoyed everything we had from wine to meal and even the caramelised onion butter was delicious. The food was very high standard and delicious. Service was excellent. Our waitresses was friendly and informative.
Can't fault anything about experience. Looking forward to next time.

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BenS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant location eating out in the former cloister. Good Sunday lunch, well served with plenty of gravy.

MD
MichelleandDavidUK
Newcastle
12 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Blackfriars is one of our local favourites. Sunday lunch was nice but I must admit, reluctantly, I have had better meat at other venues. A little fatty for my personal preference.

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Sunday
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food but small portions! Friendly staff.

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eileent
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely warm welcome as usual by the very attentive staff
Celebrating my husbands 70th Birthday
Two glasses of Cava on the house was a unexpected gift
Scallop pie for me and Venison with duck egg starter for husband both a delight
Stuffed noisette of lamb was his choice very tasty
I chose the halibut and was rather disappointed as it seemed to be drowned in the sauce all too rich for me.
I am sure the halibut some broccoli and a drizzle of lemon would have sufficed
Pudding saved the night chocolate mousse for me and vanilla custard tart for the other half.
We love this restaurant and tell our friends it’s the best in town
We will be back on

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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LouiseC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service in a beautiful setting

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KarenC
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great value for money and food tastes wonderful. Very relaxed and lovely surroundings. Great organisation around covid rules and felt completely safe.

SB
StuB
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whilst never the cheapest night out you don’t go to worry about how much you pay; you go for the outstanding food, amazing drinks and beautiful setting. Didn’t disappoint, a real treat well worth a visit.

JT
JuliaT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmospheric restaurant in beautiful, historic building. Food was delicious and menu was interesting.

JM
JulieM
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal although the lobster and crab salad was a bit runny great value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Blackfriars to celebrate a birthday, we arrived only a few minutes late for the 2 4 £12 cocktails, to be told we’d missed out, which was disappointing as we were good customers. The setting and the ambience in the garden was lovely, the waiter was very attentive but not overly so, he brought my partner a complimentary glass of fizz, a nice touch. The table next to us was rowdy, put me in mind of a pub atmosphere, this spoiled it a little, they should’ve been asked to respect other diners. The food - we are both vegetarians - was delicious, a very different, thoughtful and tasty combination of flavours on the plate that complimented each other perfectly - I had smoked cheddar croquets, leek gratin, fried duck egg and barbecued onions and my partner had curried cauliflower fritters, warm coronation style potato salad, toasted seeds & chilli oil, we both had desserts, which again were mouthwatering & delicious.

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TracyC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food, great choice, exceptional service at great value, highly recommend

JD
JanetD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal in excellent surroundings with very friendly staff

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Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 4266 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.