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Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Blackfriars Restaurant

4.6
4.6
5987 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Blackfriars is located in a 13th century medieval friary where it once served as the refectory for the Dominican 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 and above the restaurant is a Cookery School and Wine/Beer/Whisky Tasting Room. See their website for a full list of what’s on.

Blackfriars has won a host of awards including The Taste of the North East winner in the North East Tourism Awards, 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 an AA rosette, inclusion in the Which? Good Food Guide, Hardens and Michelin Guides.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, English
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Fri, Sat 2:45 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    0191 261 5945
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Chris Wardale
  • Catering
    At Blackfriars we serve a classic but gutsy traditional/historic British menu using local and seasonal ingredients. There’s an abundance of great produce all around us; mouth-watering aged beef, award-winning cheeses, really good organic vegetables, super-fresh fish and local beers. A well-priced Set Menu at lunch, a la carte menu in the evening.
  • Private party facilities
    Blackfriars offers an exciting range of events for private and corporate groups from 8- 50 people. Some ideas of what we offer: Cocktails & Canapes, Pizza and Prosecco Nights, Gin O'clock -a tasting of gins, Come Wine with Me: A beginners' guide to wine tasting, Medieval Banquets and private dining in our Cookery School, Banquet Hall & Tasting Room
  • Area
    Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Parking Details
    Car park opposite
  • Public Transit
    Newcastle Central Station
  • Entertainment
    Medieval Banquets Roast Suckling Pygge with all the trimmings Bread-making Workshops Kids Cookery Dinner Party Cooking Lessons Food and Wine Evenings
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

Experiences

  • Morning Cookery Club - Italian

    £75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    7 Mar 2024 only
    As comfortingly familiar as pizza and pasta are, there is so much more to Italian cuisine with some of the very best Italian restaurants shunning the obvious for authentic regional specialities such as polenta, risotto, Caponata, Gnocchi and pomodoro sauce. Whatever your preference, let the romantic side of you come out and enjoy an morning of all things Italian. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Please note; if it shows no online availability, the event is sold out.
    Morning Cookery Club - Italian photo
  • Come wine with me - Wine & Cheese tasting

    £39.50 per person

    Prepaid

    7 Mar 2024 only
    Cheese and wine tastings may have started as a fad of the seventies but they’re just as popular now as they’ve ever been. Why? Because cheese and wine go together so well! it seems they were just made for each other – and so many perfect parings. Join us for an evening of top drawer cheeses and fabulous wines all perfectly paired. Progress through from lighter to the more robust whilst discussing their merits and searching for those matches made in heaven. Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by 5 wine and cheese pairings. Oh, and not a pineapple stick or vol-au-vent in sight! Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements we should know about. Please note; if it shows no online availability, the event is sold out.
    Come wine with me - Wine & Cheese tasting photo
  • Evening Cookery Club - Swedish

    £75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    13 Mar 2024 only
    So IKEA may have put Scandi meatballs firmly on the culinary map but our Smorgasbord of traditional Swedish delights also includes Pickled cucumber salad, Pittipanka sausage hash with a comforting tray of Jansson’s Temptation potatoes finished off with Kladdkaka - Sticky chocolate oat cake - all with the guidance of our resident chef who is himself half Swedish! Event not suitable for vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Please note; if it shows no online availability, the event is sold out.
    Evening Cookery Club - Swedish photo

What 5,987 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Best Ambience

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Good for business meals

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Good for business meals

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Great for fine wines

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Romantic

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Good for special occasions

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    British

  • Newcastle and Northumberland

    Most Booked

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Best Ambience

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Good for business meals

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Good for business meals

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Healthy

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Great for fine wines

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Romantic

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Good for special occasions

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Most Booked

5,987 Reviews
  1. DebbieB

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. The starters were delicious and well presented. The main course was delicious but was not as hot as it should have been. The temperature in the restaurant was very cool and the draught when the doors opened didn’t help the temperature of the food. All in all it was a good experience just a little disappointed with the main course. We would return as it’s a lovely place to visit.

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  2. OlivierG

    Newcastle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Table too close from the kitchen with kitchen smell

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  3. Alan

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambience, good service. Food wasn't bad but the chips were overcooked and really dry, unfortunately.

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  4. LibertyL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely time. We always come here for special occasions and it never disappoints. The food and service was absolutely amazing as always. It was a little louder than usual but still a lovely night.

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  5. PhilipM

    Newcastle

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my wife’s and mine anniversary. We always like Blackfriars and this meal was on par with previous visits

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  6. myrtille

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was lovely and the service excellent. It was a bit cold, especially when the door opened for groups coming in and out. We will definitely choose this again for special occasions as it is one of the classier restaurants in Newcastle

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  7. Mabel

    Newcastle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really excellent meal with friends. The table was perfect, the service excellent and the food delicious. It was particularly good that we didn't feel rushed. We'll definitely be booking again.

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  8. MikeD

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here many times before, but on this occasion the food didn't hit the mark at all. There was nothing special about any dish. The triple cooked chips were burnt to cinders and were removed from the bill. Both main meals were tasteless and bland and just poorly cooked. Desserts were ok and the best thing about the meal. On making the booking a drop down menu asks if it's a special occasion, I selected birthday but that was totally ignored when we visited. It's the first time I have left the restaurant feeling deflated and that the quality was poor to the point I would not return. Just as a side note, they are also charging £30 for a £6.75 bottle of Rose and that's retail price not what the restaurant will be buying it for. Theres putting a mark-up on alcohol and then there's taking the Michael. I know the menu was the afternoon fixed price menu but the quality of the food should still be high.

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  9. PaulineC

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the warm historic surroundings of both the bar & restaurant (even the landing of the loos! ) The service was exceptional, all of the waitresses have been taught to the highest standard. Senior staff clarified my allergies and provided a safe menu. The food was delicious, its not cheap, but you can't deliver that quality of food without paying a decent amount-rightly so. Look forward to our next visit. Huge thank you

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  10. TrevW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous we had a great time and really enjoyed the food

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  11. ConnorT

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was on the whole delicious. The pork wasn’t amazing and has some bitter flavours but everything else stunning. Service was great and the waiter friendly.

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  12. GregK

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were ignored for 20 mins. Fair play though manager admitted mistake and sorted us right out. World class food and drink. Definitely recommend xx

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  13. LisaC

    Newcastle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked this afternoon tea as part of my mams Christmas present. Was really lovely and staff welcoming. We were looked after, staff being attentive but not over the top. Nice selection of sandwiches, sausage roll, scones and cakes. Tea and coffee refills. We added the fizz which was lovely.

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  14. jillh

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We would like to thank our waiter Sky. He was amazing and made our visit 5 star. Thank you for great food, service and ambiance.

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  15. CMPtigger

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine dining in a former medieval priory near Granger Town.

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  16. ChristineS

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant throughly enjoyed the food and wine

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  17. SimonW

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb restaurant with amazing food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere.

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  18. RocioS

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktail class was fantastic. Dan, the instructor was great and good fun! Loved it!

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  19. DeanH

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great night, such a good laugh and host Dan knew his stuff and was good fun.

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  20. EleanorG

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The 'cocktail and canapes' evening was excellent. Very friendly and welcoming- the barman running it was relaxed and helpful and went through making 3 delicious cocktails- which we enjoyed drinking! We left feeling we could definitely recreate them at home. The canapés were substantial and delicious.

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  21. Jackymcd

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous evening to celebrate my daughter’s 21st before her trip to Paris, excellent start to her celebrations! Excellent food and wine, wonderful attention to detail by friendly staff, warm welcoming and enthusiastic for you to have a lovely evening, couldn’t fault it, thank you!

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  22. DavidM

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit to Blackfriers but it wont be our last. Firstly the service from all of the staff was fantastic, very helpful, friendly and there when you needed them. Secondly the food was top draw, we went for the set menu option on this occassion. The only sligh5 downside was the 8n house pale ale was not very good but the in house larger was nice. We also had a lovely bottle of Pinot to compliment our fish and chicken mains. Restaurant and ambiance were just right.

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  23. NickB

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely superb, lovely food, service and atmosphere

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  24. enzof

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent restaurant, would recommend to anyone, would have got 5 stars but wasn’t a busy night so atmosphere not as good as could be!

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  25. PamelaO

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was exceptional, a nice touch was a birthday card on my table waiting for me ! Prosecco a little expensive but was really nice Very relaxing lunch and all staff were professional, diligent and very happy to obliged Definitely recommend this amazing restaurant

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  26. CherylF

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, friendly helpful staff, busy but not too noisy restaurant. Warm and away from the noise of the City Center.

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  27. LesleyF

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual superb food and service at Blackfriars restaurant

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice room and good staff but was expecting so much more from the food which was underwhelming. .So felt expensive for what we had, a fairly basic Sunday dinner. Fatty pork belly, really disappointing single roast potato, unimaginative vegetables, poor gravy. Plate saved by really good Yorkshire pudding. Sticky toffee was delicious though.

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  29. gregoryb

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a fantastic experience all the way through, many thanks again. top notch service in an amazing environment and locally sourced food exceptionally cooked, faultless!

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  30. LinW

    Newcastle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Blackfriars for Sunday lunch. We had heard very good things about the place so we had high expectations. Unfortunately it was a bit of a disappointment for us. The starters were good and the desserts were alright but the Sunday lunch was mixed. The vegetables were delicious, especially the red cabbage. However, the Yorkshire puddings, while huge in size, were burnt on the outside so not very pleasant to eat. I had the lamb which somehow was dry and my partner had the beef. The beef was full of fatty, nervy bits and was very difficult to cut through so my partner didn’t get much meat to eat. The price of the 3 course menu was ok but we got charged £3.50 for a bottle of tap water which we thought was a bit shocking. We were quite underwhelmed by the experience and I don’t think we will go back unfortunately.

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  31. PeterJ

    Newcastle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived at 5.30 both ordered cod told none left had chicken instead. When bill came we were charged for both cod and chicken. Complained and was then told the cod had actually been available .Very disappointed

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  32. TraceyM

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blackfriars dining experience was exceptional as usual. The choice on the set menu was fantastic and the food delightful. Staff very friendly and professional as always. Love this restaurant and the setting. Must try the Hog Roast soon!

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  33. SueT

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Excellent gluten free options.

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  34. MaryW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to Blackfriars. Brilliant food. Fabulous atmospheric location steeped in history. Six of us in the party and we all enjoyed the food. Will definitely return.

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  35. RichardB

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience in every aspect of our visit (business lunch)

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  36. SimonB

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience from start to finish. Definitely recommend

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  37. LeslieT

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This really is a lovely restaurant. The service is excellent,and the food of a high quality. My only complaint is the size of the portions for the main meal. The venison pie was really nice,but the portion was very small,and I am not a big eater.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely evening for Valentine’s Day. Service was outstanding and very attentive without being too much. Didn’t like our assigned table but when we asked to live this was accommodated. Food was lovely and we had a fabulous night. Will be returning soon.

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  39. Disappointed

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed that even booking well in advance end up getting a table next to the reception and within draft arrangements of the door. Appreciate it was a heavily book night but there were plenty of other tables available while we were there and still free when we left. I should have said something but did not want to spoil the experience. Saying that if you want to eat quickly they cannot wait to serve you and get you out of the door. The food was very nice but I think I probably marked the whole experience to high I don’t think I will be going back and have been here several times in the past

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  40. MrStan

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous top notch restaurant that for top quality food is kind to the wallet. Well worth a visit for gastronomic delights.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 5987 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Blackfriars Restaurant

Friars Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4XN

Additional information

  • Area
    Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Fri, Sat 2:45 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, English
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Car park opposite
  • Public Transit
    Newcastle Central Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Chris Wardale
  • Entertainment
    Medieval Banquets Roast Suckling Pygge with all the trimmings Bread-making Workshops Kids Cookery Dinner Party Cooking Lessons Food and Wine Evenings
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • Phone number
    0191 261 5945
  • Catering
    At Blackfriars we serve a classic but gutsy traditional/historic British menu using local and seasonal ingredients. There’s an abundance of great produce all around us; mouth-watering aged beef, award-winning cheeses, really good organic vegetables, super-fresh fish and local beers. A well-priced Set Menu at lunch, a la carte menu in the evening.
  • Private party facilities
    Blackfriars offers an exciting range of events for private and corporate groups from 8- 50 people. Some ideas of what we offer: Cocktails & Canapes, Pizza and Prosecco Nights, Gin O'clock -a tasting of gins, Come Wine with Me: A beginners' guide to wine tasting, Medieval Banquets and private dining in our Cookery School, Banquet Hall & Tasting Room
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