Blackfriars Restaurant

4.8
4108 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 4108 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RedRug
Newcastle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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DavidS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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ElaineL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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PaulC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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KatherineP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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TrishD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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Natalieoh
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JM
JulesM66
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely lunchtime meal. Food and service were excellent. Only thing wrong was the weather, which isn’t the fault of the restaurant/staff. It was quite chilly and the patio heaters didn’t make much difference. Otherwise we were very impressed

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tracy
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite sitting outside the food was still hot when it arrived. The staff were attentive and courteous.
Truly wonderful afternoon
Thank you

KR
KatherineR
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Under incredibly difficult circumstances the Staff at Blackfiars cooked us a delicious 3 course meal with matching wines, served under the magestic trees in their beautiful cloisters. It will likely be one of the most memorable meals I have ever had - for all the right reasons.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff as always. Food was delicious.

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KerryB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Fabulous food and service, just freezing cold sitting outside but not restaurants fault 😀

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GillianS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy to find that there were heaters over the tables. The food was delicious, we all enjoyed our meals. All of the staff wore face coverings and made sure that we all checked in, so felt comfortable that Covid precautions were adequate. The service was friendly and efficient, we didn't have any problems finding staff to take our orders. Looking forward to being allowed meals indoors again, but great to be able to get our Blackfriars 'fix' in the courtyard!

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KevinP
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Service and food was great as usual. But the heaters under the parasols are woefully inadequate. They offer no comfort at all while sitting outside. We stood at one point directly below them to try and warm up but the heat given out was next to nothing. We left absolutely freezing.I think we'll give it a miss until either the internal seating is open or the outside temperature rises !!!

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MicheleF
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely meal here for our wedding anniversary. Food was delicious and arrived quickly. They have done well with the outside space so it wasn’t too cold sitting outside.

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JanC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were made to feel very welcome. Unfortunately it was the first day that we had rain and cold after a dry spell however they explained measures that had been taken to try to give us comfort. We had ordered afternoon tea which came very quickly and the presentation was good. Everything was really good and service was unobtrusive but there when we needed it.

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Navy
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have already submitted a review after our meal on the 27th at 1pm .
This is just an afterthought.
Everything was lovely as usual:
However one of my guests was soaked when parasol emptied on her.
Perhaps if another guest was so affected a hot coffee offered to the wet guest would have been appreciated. Thankyou
Thankyou again

LB
LindsayB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff were very friendly and accommodating! We were sitting outside due to the restrictions but it was cold and wet, as a result the staff provided us with blankets and endless cups of tea!

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annenalf
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived we received a very warm welcome. We were early but out waitress was very accommodating and sat us down immediately. She even brought us two glasses of prosseco as it was a
celebratory meal for my 70th birthday. The food was delicious and it made our first time out since lockdown 15 months ago even more memorable!

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Katie
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, exceptional service and lovely outdoor setting. A lovely treat!

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Sarah
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely to get out for a quality sunday lunch in the sunshine with friends :0)

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DawnB
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a regular at Blackfriars I have never had cause for complaint. The food and service is first class!

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Rdav3
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb meal in a lovely courtyard lawn . Very COVID aware and great service , with tasty smoked salmon and an English breakfast. Also had a tasting of 3 sparkling wines which felt treaty and came with tasting notes.

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CarolK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Food was quite nice but not cheap, and outside seating area was very cold if you weren't in the sun, heaters weren't much use am afraid.

GJ
GemmaJ
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food as always great to be back

JJ
JacquelineJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect lunch experience. Well organised,covid safe and great staff.

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Super251
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the courtyard. Already re-booked for Sunday Roast

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GemmaC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful outdoor setting, really feels like you’re abroad when the sun comes out. Fantastic service and lovely food, enjoyed the full experience.

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MaureenS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food was excellent with good quality ingredients and flavours. Nice menu and choice. Very professional and accommodating staff. Felt very safe with cover measures in place. blankets available due to eating outside and some heaters are in place.

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SueC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary with lunch at Blackfriars in their gorgeous courtyard garden, and were seated under a lovely old tree in the sunshine. Fantastic, friendly service and fabulous food and wine made this a truly wonderful and memorable experience. Highly recommended!

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Moindkeith
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting outdoors. Excellent service . Gorgeous food . Would definitely recommend.

JG
JeanG
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very friendly welcome and wonderful service. Beautiful setting. A little chilly but to be expected. The food was excellent.

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MauriceW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb food and service had a lovely time. Made our ruby wedding anniversary very special.

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DawnJ
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

First time of going here. Lovely place. Fixed price menu was good value for money. Will definitely go again

JH
JennieH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommended, food was outstanding and service was great! I’ll definitely be returning!

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Gill20
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic to be out , amazing food and service. Gorgeous venue

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 4108 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.