Blackfriars Restaurant

4.7
4029 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4029 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. It is expensive but the price is justified by the quality!! Staff were amazing and during these crazy times it felt like a very normal, enjoyable night.
I’m pleased we chose here to celebrate the birth of our son xx

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IsseyP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm welcome, friendly and knowledgeable staff as well as some lovely food. Took my boyfriend for his birthday and we both loved it! Absolutely amazing building and a really nice chilled atmosphere could have sat there all day. Will be back when you reopen!

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Pats
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service.
Lunchtime and early evening special great value.

JS
JohnS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and such great friendly service. Blackfriars is my favourite restaurant and my go to place. Darren was so helpful and professional. Bar staff in Parlour Bar was also friendly and professional

PL
PaulineL
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very special place to eat, with exciting menu. We went for the Lunch time Special the value for money compared to run of the mill pub food is outstanding.
Can't wait for them to open again.

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Gill
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A pre lockdown treat. The staff went above and beyond to keep us safe and make us welcome. Hope to return soon.

MP
MrsP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and amazing food will definitely be going back

DF
DavidF
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice atmosphere, great staff and above all excellent food.

MG
MatthewG
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic visit to Blackfriars. The staff are doing an amazing job in difficult circumstances.

Blackfriars is our favourite restaurant in Newcastle. The staff, service, food and drink is exceptional.

We can’t wait for them to reopen so we can visit again.

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StevenW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing place for lunch book early to avoid disappointment, staff informed us of the delivery services available during the second lockdown and will be using this service asap

MD
MrsD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a long time since I dined here and I hoped it was as good as I remembered, it wasn’t it was so much better, absolutely fabulous, we had the 3 course Sunday lunch and each course was amazing, so flavoursome and delicious. Staff were friendly and courteous , and the COVID restrictions were so well tuned it did not effect our experience, we will be back as soon as lockdown allows.

MC
MargiC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely good value and well cooked Sunday lunch. Staff were very helpful and could not do more for us/

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JoanneH
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I had completely the wrong impression of the venue from the website. I was expecting a fancier affair. It was like eating in a pub.

I also expected a higher standard of food. Sunday lunch was generic. The chestnut and potato soup was awful. Tasteless.

I don’t like having gratuity added to my bill automatically.

Didn’t like it. £85 in total, for 2. Three courses, 3 glasses of wine, a cider and gratuity.

It didn’t appeal to me.

Staff were nice. Just a bit panicked by current situation.
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IAteThere
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic. the attentive staff are amazing. food is top notch.

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patrickS
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb meal, a real event! Friendly discreet service staff, first class food beautifully presented almost to pretty to eat. Certainly not style over substance the flavours were excellent. It isn't cheap but it's well worth it

J
Jethro3
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are always fantastic at Blackfriars and the food is exceptional. They have all worked hard to make the restaurant safe and have succeeded. It is a great place to go anytime and has a lovely atmosphere. The building itself is superb.

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sandrat
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous setting, superb food with excellent choices, friendly helpful staff, service was prompt and covid measures in place. Can’t wait to visit shain

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CharlotteT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fabulous food and great atmosphere, service was a little inconsistent

CS
ChrisS
Newcastle
11 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience, great service, wonderful food and a very good wine list. There was nothing we could fault even if we wanted to.

GW
GarryW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We use this restaurant quite often and are never disappointed. The staff are also friendly and helpful and the food is first class. Always an enjoyable experience.

GW
GaryW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was great with good quality veggies. The service and assistance given were excellent and the reason we will go again. This was our first visit. It will not be our last

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ALWSWALW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal and amazing service.

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minesawine
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything from entering the restaurant was spot on. Food was delicious and we ordered from the set lunch menu and was such good value.

SH
SusanH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were really friendly and efficient. Food and drinks were amazing. They were wonderful with my four year old as well and the childrens menu was perfect.

PH
PeterH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant. My wife and I got married here 7 years ago and it's as good now as it was then. Lovely food and excellent service.

IC
IanC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The jewel in the crown of Newcastle restaurants, Blackfriars is a unique location with excellent food and impeccable service.

It is our 'go to' restaurant when we want to introduce new (or old) friends to dining in Newcastle.

BP
BrianP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A safe but welcoming environment in which excellent food and wine were served in a competent and friendly manner.
For a first visit I was very impressed, and will be back.

JG
JoeG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch..... Last there two years ago.... Don't change your fabulous veg combination... 👌

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food great service good quantities excellent quality we will definitely come here again

RM
RickyM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food already looking for another date to book

PT
PaulT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb atmosphere, outstanding food with fantastic friendly service, Ellie was charming friendly and caring and attentive, made for lovely dining experience

TJ
TheJacksons
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a most enjoyable lunch.

The COVID protections were all there but not feeling in any way obtrusive. We felt very safe.

The menu choice was varied and good. The food was excellent - very tasty. The service was very attentive without being OTT.

All in all we had a really nice dinning experience which felt like a touch of normality had crept back into our lives

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service

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Dodger
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, good service with a smile, reassuring safety measures, and overall a very pleasant experience. As we don't eat meat our options were a little limited, but that was ok and the value was good. My dessert, the chocolate delice, was particularly seductive

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taghel
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent COVID prevention measures in place. The autumn menu is full of tasty treats and everything we chose was lovely. Can’t praise the service highly enough. A very pleasurable experience.

AH
AmandaH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. Quick service. Lovely surroundings. Will defo be back!!

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Robbo
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent value
Great food
Took advantage of autumn offer
Will go back soon

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Wannie
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome and safe due to the steps that had been taken regarding Covid. Nothing was rushed and the service was friendly but professional. All the food we had was delicious but the star of the show was definitely the lamb dish. It was absolutely divine. We can’t wait to return again soon

PS
PatriceS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Restaurant employees asked us a total of 11 times if we wanted drinks.

KW
KathrynW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and quality very helpful staff. Food excellent and well presented, will definitely be going back.

FAQs

Blackfriars Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0191 261 5945.

Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 4029 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.