The Blackfriar

4.6
174 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Welcome to The Black Friar - the perfect place to come together with friends and loved ones.

With a cozy traditional pub in the front, a sleek, modern restaurant in the back and rooms available for private hire, we can accommodate anything you may need!

Now, let's talk food!
We offer an all day menu that runs from 12pm until we close. It contains classic pub fare such as fish and chips and daily pies but it does not stop there. Our all day menu also contains some amazing elevated dishes giving you modern British cuisine at its best.
Whatever it is you order, our chef, Ben Chaplin, will make sure it's a meal to remember.

If you haven't joined us before, what are you waiting for? Our doors are always open (except when the fire's on!)

Enter as strangers, return as friends.

Experiences

  • Winter Igloos

    Multiple dates available

    Try our exclusive The Black Friars Igloo experience, or what we like to call our Monks Caves . Call to book your igloo to try our Christmas Menu and winter cocktails. Sponsored By Grey Goose Vodka

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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 174 People Are Saying
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PeggyK
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, perfect level of service (efficient, friendly and helpful but unobtrusive) - we had a great time!

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Hannah
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The service by the girls were lovely. However I booked for Sunday evening really looking forward to a roast and they had none left (considering had 3 meat options) this was at 7.30 :(. We ended up having pies and monkfish. The monkfish was with a side salad and came to £29! For only a piece of fish and some leaves which we did think was a lot! We did not want to say anything as the girls were so lovely but overall we were quite shocked at the pricing and the fact nothing was done about not having a roast in which we were most looking forward to considering we are up around the area for the weekend and chose this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday roast I’ve had from a pub / restaurant in years. Superb

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AmiR
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great food, and such a lovely environment. Thank you!

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Sally
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Interesting menu with a range of prices and very good value for high quality food. Lovely atmosphere too. Staff were great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was superb. A warm and welcoming atmosphere with friendly and attentive service and excellent food and drink. Can’t ask for much more than that!

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JAYE
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Food was overpriced and not the best quality, the venue is beautiful and service brilliant,, but not worth the money at all

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CarlyH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit here and both times have been perfect! The food is delicious, the staff are first class and the atmosphere is lovely! The fire is fab and gave the feel of a cosy country pub! Highly recommend the cocktails too! Our new local go to restaurant!

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ChloeP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and attentive staff. A little bit on the pricey side but definitely worth it with the quality of food and the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

KM
KevMc
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service, good selection of drinks & tasty food. It's a little on the pricey side for what you get though.

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DamienO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and food as always , I do think it’s a tad pricey but as it’s my local I don’t mind , saves me going into town. Love singer on a Sunday who’s great , a great place to be.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Myself and my partner came for dinner. First of all, the service is very attentive. Very friendly and welcoming!
The Boddingtons is great too!
The food on the other hand is a little bit sub par. The truffle fries are very salty. Could have just done with a little bit less.
I would recommend the malted

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Firstly, let me just scream from the rooftops - THE FOOD IS AMAZING!!!! We had 3 courses each, and each dish was served with gorgeous presentation and every mouthful tasted unreal…. Neither of us wanted the plate to end. Definitely a 5 star experience for the food.

The only thing that let the experience overall down was the fact that I’d booked the table as a birthday treat for my partner for 7pm. We were told our table wasn’t ready so were taken to a table upstairs to wait.. when it got to 7.30pm and no one had come near us to say our table was ready, we asked someone to check what was happening as we had plans elsewhere at 9pm. The front of house lady was very apologetic and said the booking wasn’t showing but she could squeeze us in and to make sure we were out by our time we needed to order the starter and main to come together.

From this point on however, the waiting staff were super friendly and attentive. They helped turn the booking issue around and to be fair the front of house lady who took us to our table did the same. We even got a round of drinks on the house for the mistake which was a lovely touch.

We will definitely be back, it hasn’t put us off the experience.. we’ll just maybe expect to wait a little longer than planned for our table and food to come.

Again … the food is AMAZING!!

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RebeccaA
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. The staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The decor is a lovely mix of old and modern and the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. The food looked great and tasted delicious. We've eaten at some top restaurants and the food was on a par with some of those. Highly recommend.

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Steph
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub/ restaurant. The Cumbrian pig is delicious. But the whole menu looks nice.

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RachelD
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Woodburning stove, great offering of drinks, excellent food served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. We loved it. This is exactly what is needed after an or 2 outside mooching around the Christmas markets. Well done to everyone involved in the fantastic renovation

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Abby
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent service :) thanks to all involved!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service, lovely setting. Have been before and will go again

TD
TheDiscerningGuest
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Brilliant service. Stunning drinks.
The whole building has been renovated beautifully.
Went for a Sunday Roast with cocktails and was blown away by the friendliness of the staff and the quality of food and drinks. The waiters/waitresses and bartenders were charming and clearly enjoying their job. Will definitely be coming back again soon.

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Alice
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding meal. High quality cooking. Imaginative menu. Great service. Thank you for a memorable evening.

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RachaelM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best roast in greater Manchester. Only problem was with where we were sat - in the overspill private dining room which was a bit lacking in ambiance and a little disappointed as we booked a couple of weeks ago. Other than that, the service and food was outstanding. Sunday lunches here will become a regular occurrence !

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GirishP
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with lovely attentive staff and food was delicious and well presented

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and experience. Food is top notch, perfectly between pub grub and fine dining. Proper portions. Can be pricy but doesn’t need to be. Think celebratory parental visit on a Saturday afternoon, or nice cosy Friday date

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TezzyB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful place, food is brilliant and staff are so friendly.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing
The staff so helpful and polite
The atmosphere was absolutely amazing.
We would definitely recommend anyone to go there

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LynnG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit & won’t be our last. A gem of a place which works at different times of the year.

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JoeR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional roast and fantastic service!

Would highly recommend a visit to The Blackfriar pub

We visited Sunday afternoon and had one of the best Sunday roasts we’ve had in a long time. The staff were very helpful and friendly, there were two different singers performing who were great and the food was superb quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic Sunday lunch. Food and ambience were superb and our server Holly made things that much better. Highly recommend.

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DharmeshM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we weren’t disappointed! The Sunday roast was incredible and the venue very nice.

The food is a little on the pricey side but well worth it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from the beginning to the end. From the initial greeting as we entered, to the table service, it was exemplary.

Really loved this place, fabulous food, building, decor, and we will be back very soon.

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PaulS
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Friendly staff and very good food. Not your usual pub grub. If your looking for cheap pub food this is not it but you get what you pay for I always say. Planning our next visit already.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best roast I’ve had in Manc for ages

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TonyN
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great drinks and atmosphere!

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BrookeH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! The magician going round the tables was a added bonus!

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RussH
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really tasty Sunday lunch ,service ,food and vibe really good . Great time had ,was looked after really nicely ,would definitely recommend

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MisaelHerrera
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best winter menu around. Staff are super polite and helpful. Courses spaced out in a timely manner. Always communicating, glass would never be empty as their attention to service and client comfort knocks every other restaurant out of the park. GM Remi and his staff are a rarity. Worth going any time.

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TerryM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice place, staff were very nice and food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food served in the sanctuary, which is a beautiful Space, our server Cydney was exceptional nothing was too much trouble.

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, beautiful venue, exemplary hospitality from Constantina

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KokoL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Blackfriar for a friend's birthday. Staffs are friendly and the restaurant has prepared a mini chocolate brownie for my friend!
Food and cocktails are great! Particularly their signature cocktails.

FAQs

The Blackfriar is rated 4.6 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

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.