Blackfriars Restaurant

4.8
4137 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Blackfriars was voted the best restaurant in the North East England Tourism Awards.

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 4137 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.9
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ticketyboo
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent restaurant overall. Although blankets are handed out on cold days, outside seating area could benefit from outdoor heaters.

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gmark
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent afternoon in the courtyard. Sunshine!
Really enjoyed the food and chose good wines too.
The staff dealt professionally with the only issue- meat wasn't pink as requested-

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RachaelF
Lancashire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, lovely restaurant! Would highly recommend.

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Ceideeyes
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went here for my daughter’s 30th birthday- very good choice on set menu plus catered for a dairy free guest as well. Food was excellent and service

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GillW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Blackfriars is a special place as one of the oldest eateries in the world.
Our visit was during Covid19 restrictions so we were eating outside, in the courtyard. This dud not take away from the special ambiance although it is a public park.
The food was outstanding. The wine list was most suitable for both of us with choices we both loved.

MB
MartinaB
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and it was such a treat to have it after the year in lockdown. Got it with wine pairings, which was fun. The outdoor seating is so lovely, open space, quiet, green.

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Margaret
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food excellent, service excellent. Cant wait to eat inside

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AnnaR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were friendly, courteous and very thoughtful - they brought us some fizz to celebrate our engagement! They brought us blankets to keep warm and dry when it started raining. Thoroughly recommend eating here - the food was exquisite too.

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booboo26
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food in beautiful tranquil surroundings with attentive friendly staff

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Sandy
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Have been to Blackfriers on many occasions and found the service excellent, this time under Covid restrictions they could not have been better they kept up the same quality of service under very difficult conditions, and the food was as great as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Spain
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor seating area, service was very good and the food was delicious. I will definitely be back again.

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Jackie
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Blackfriars is my long time favourite resturant and I have been keen to ensure its survival. Even buying vouchers when I couldn't go due uo covid. So was so pleased to go this Sunday.

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vipMarie
Newcastle
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and quality food as normal. Looking forward to going back when indoor dining resumes.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We wanted a different experience from your usual take away now that lock down rules eased up. Haven’t been to any good restaurants since I came to the UK in 2019. Probably because I’m more concentrated on work. So this restaurant really made a mark. Ambiance was nice, foood was good as well as the service. I’d recommend this to my friends.

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KarenG
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food. The staff were amazing and made a great recommendation for the wine to enjoy with our meal. Overall a lovely time for our 34th wedding anniversary under the Covid restrictions

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AlisonR
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual the food ( Sunday lunch) was amazing. Cooked perfectly and all so tasty. Even with outside dining in place the service was great - friendly but professional, and nothing was too much trouble for them. Good value too at £21.00 for 2 courses and £25.00 for the 3 courses. A lovely lunch.

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Lesleyb
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfect food. Staff are unobtrusive but informative. Difficult times with the weather but organisation was professional, food piping hot and so tasty. Will be back indoors or a guaranteed warm afternoon. Thankyou

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ERuth
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff was great and very welcoming. The food tasted wonderful. We sat outside on the walk way. It was a bit rainy but the parasol did pretty good at keeping us dry and we were offered blankets, which did help with the chill weather. Would definitely like to go again but hopefully with better weather or sitting inside when we're allowed.

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stephanie
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had afternoon tea for my Mum's 80th birthday outside. In advance, the team made sure that we were happy to be outside due to COVID restrictions and weather warnings. They took careful note of our dietary requirements - we are fussy eaters and this was one of few places which managed to get our order right first time!

The service was exemplary - our waitress was polite, efficient and friendly.

The afternoon tea was delicious and generous - we had to take a lot home with us and it was boxed up carefully and willingly. Excellent value for money.

What a fun afternoon we had. We will definitely return.

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ElaineS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal good service and staff
Will be returning when we can go inside
Thank you

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DawnW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous food first class service, will definately be back soon

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ClareH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely service, the staff knew their menus and drinks. Very pleased and will be back very soon!

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RedRug
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our outdoor eating experience in this lovely setting.

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DavidS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to eat out again in pleasant although chilly surroundings. Very good service from cheerful staff. Excellent cuisine.

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GarryC
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Never had a bad experience here....
Never.

Food always meets the best standards of presentation and flavour.

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ElaineL
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On a very wet and chilly afternoon our hosts made us feel very welcome and as warm as possible!! Excellent food, fantastic service and a wonderful garden setting. We would like to dine in the sunshine next time!

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eileent
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff are always polite and attentive
The food was of the usual high standard
One extra slice of lamb would have been nice
All in all we tell all our fiends this is the top restaurant in Newcastle
See you soon folks

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RickyM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing as always the gentleman who served myself and my daughter who is diabetic he catered to her dietary requirements and made her feel at ease as her was also diabetic so helped out massively.

They were all so polite friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely place looking forward to visiting agai when can dine indoors .

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PaulC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food and hospitality always of a high standard. Only negative apart from the weather was that my partner and I both had suckling pig and disappointed to not have crunchy crackling.

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AlexC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food from a set menu, sitting outside due to the current covid rules but had heaters nearby and blankets available if needed. Service was excellent with knowledgable staff and quick arrival of every course. Really lovely first meal out in 9 months, thank you Blackfriars!

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place

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KatherineP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outside meal so never ideal but the restaurant experience was not lost

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TrishD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous afternoon celebrating my birthday with lovely people in a lovely setting with lovely food and drinks. Service was excellent.

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SamanthaB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always cooked to perfection, me and my partner both got the 3 courses. We will defently be back.
Staff where also amazing!

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StephanieH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A lovely setting. Friendly staff and delicious food. The menu is just that bit different.
Will definitely return.

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Natalieoh
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wellington was amazing, blankets were a really thoughtful touch. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon

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NeillC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely place
Lovely food
Service fantastic
A bit pricey
Outside there is poor cover from the elements
A marque wood be better
Heaters were poor and a waste of time

AM
AilsaM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea in the garden, food was delicious and the staff were excellent

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blackfriars Restaurant using the Order Online button. Blackfriars Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0191 261 5945.

Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 4137 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 reservations at the moment.