Hibou Blanc

4.5
93 reviews
£25 and under
British
This magical Edwardian building has been transformed to a beautiful bar, restaurant and private room where we hope to deliver to our customers an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Newcastle. Paddy Forbes leads the team and ensures each and every one of our guests feel welcome and at home. Join us in the bar for some light bites and fantastic drinks curated by a team of some of Newcastle best mixologists and bartenders. We have an elegant 60 cover brasserie which aims to serve classic dishes, including a generous Sunday lunch, using the very best ingredients with plenty of flavor but no fuss. We are proud to have one of the best and brightest kitchen brigades who deliver great quality food under head chef Neil Jefferson. Above all we want you to relax, enjoy the music and feel at home here at Hibou Blanc. We also have a beautiful Alfresco dining and drinks set up in our courtyard, with menus to compliment.

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 93 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KateB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food1Service4Ambience4

The service and drinks at Hibou were brilliant. However we booked a table at 7:45 ordered drinks and were then told that the kitchen shut at 8 and couldn't order food and that our table was just for drinks. This really wasn't obvious when we booked. The server was brilliant, sorted us out a table at the restaurant next door and was really helpful, however this wasn't clear at all when booking, we were expecting to eat and I don't think 7:45 is very late for food. I would certainly go again but I would double check what my booking was for first. I think this might be more of an issue with the booking system than the venue itself.

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Drew
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food, lovely initial service, was abit difficult to get a hold of waiters as we were at the back of seating area however service was more than polite and fast once served.

Will be back!

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CCCC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely, attentive wait staff. Lovely thick furry blankets to keep warm. Well sheltered tables

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Helen
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful oysters with the golden hour champagne!!

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RebeccaJ
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Booked for a birthday meal. Menu small but perfect for what we wanted. Quality of food fantastic. Would highly recommend the oysters! Staff were very friendly, attentive and keen to accommodate. Good shelter from the rain, heaters not great but blankets offered readily.

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BridR
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Service very poor, ignored for most of the time we were there so ended up spending a lot less than we would have. Waiter came and poured a full glass of prosecco and made us feel like we should be drinking quicker and leaving. One member of staff in a hoodie that looked unprofessional especially in comparison to other staff wearing shirts and aprons.

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NathanB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

£17 for a bowl of pasta and it was overcooked and watery
Wine list good as always

JD
JoeyD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely lunch, small lunch menu but liked the choice. Not a one for large menus and understand with current situation this ensures freshly cooked. The sun was out too so helped keep us warm. They had lovely big throws just in case. If I had to say one thing, quite a few of the tables would not benefit from the very small heaters that were attached to the main central umbrella and would not catch the sun (if it was out) so could be quite cold. However I would return as I do think as it warms up this would not be a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I took my other half there for a pre birthday dining experience. I asked for a glass of champagne on arrival, which was lovely and presented just after we sat down surprising my other half. We ordered a couple of cocktails each which were also of great quality and the espresso martini is one of the best I’ve had.

We also ordered food, the red wine steak pasta dish and the Hibou Blanc club sandwich and a small side (the menu is very small, but is to be expected at the moment). Both of our dishes were of great quality and the pasta was especially delicious and not stingy on the meat!

Overall it was a great experience and we will definitely be visiting again. The staff are also lovely and it’s a real asset to the Bigg Market.

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RnCon
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious but for the price steak and chips £18 should of included some greenery even a small amount of steamed kale just to make it a bit healthier and value. Rest of the meal was great value for money and outstanding. Resturant was a little too dark inside.

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Tanya
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant as always. Thanks for being patient with my puppy Travis Barker. Lobster Risotto was dreamy. Chefs clearly know their stuff. Floor staff attentive and sweet

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vipJojo
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The staff were very friendly and helpful. It was quiet due to the rain, but we were given blankets and the heaters were on. Enjoyed the Golden Hour!

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paulk
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

booked for 4pm, it was raining, staff sat walk ins under an umbrella before people who had booked, staff clearly judged customers and assumed they would buy more if smartly dressed which wasn't the case.
stayed for one in the end but planned for more, went elsewhere. would never return.

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Brycey
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, great oysters and champagne served. Lovely area created to allow outdoor dining. Thanks for a great afternoon!

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Tanya
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb menu, fresh oysters, expertly crafted cocktails, attentive staff. Thank you. We will return

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CraigD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Great we got a seat and a catch up but there taking 15 minute booking. I arrived at 9.45 pm to be told time at the bar is 10 pm a bit disappointed. Let’s hope things move on quickly be safe out there. I love this bar it’s the best in town . Nice staff very polite and friendly. Five stars to the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The food was okay but didn’t justify the price. There was no garnishing just meat and fries. I would have expected a little more presentation from a mid to high range restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant all round

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vipLouiseT
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Staff were fantastic, very welcoming. Al fresco Menu slightly limited but still a good selection. The golden hour oysters and champagne were amazing value, followed by some very tasty lobster and a cheeseboard. Our first day out in a while and the sun had his hat on!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience1

There wasn’t enough heat lamps, the ones that where out where far too small. It was freezing.

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wendyh
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simple menu with quality ingredients.
Professional service from the moment of booking.
Great experience

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AnnD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Didn’t have food but it looked great. The service was good and lovely friendly staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Showed up for booking was told they were closing early by manager we explained we had booked and we had also paid for a taxi to the venue he shrugged his shoulders never even checked our booking will be cancelling all future booking I have with this venue. I hope they are still this arrogant when the post lockdown hype fades

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LucyD
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a lovely experience, think they’ve done very well creating a nice atmosphere outside. Food was excellent. Service could have been a little quicker but I know it’s the first week opening back up so it might just have been that.

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NigelT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Cocktails are fantastic.

Food finishes at 5pm on Sunday and we arrived after that, but the staff were fine with us ordering from the Greek restaurant next door who also provided plates, cutlery, etc. so no big issue.

New menus look great so looking forward to when the interior restaurant is up and running.

One thing to improve, have the outdoor heaters on, it was a damn chilly night.

LB
vipLisaB
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall experience was excellent. Lovely atmosphere, we didn't eat but food being served looked delicious. Great value and lovely and clean. So well organised and staff very attentive. Everyone adhered to the guidelines and overall experience made you feel safe. Can't wait to return.

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AndreaB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

The cocktails are overpriced the pornstar martini was like it had come out of a can had to send it back was the worst I have tasted. Then ordering another drink got the order wrong and had to be sent back

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DianeC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First trip eating out after lockdown. Wasn’t actually sure about Sunday Lunch outside on Bigg Mrkt but it was great. Food up to normal delicious standard although with an understandably reduced menu. Not sure what would have happened if it had rained as the umbrella covered only a couple of tables. Found the very small table a bit restrictive for four people but added to the fun. Would have stayed longer if the table hadn’t been booked after our 2 hours, they did let us stay another 45 mins though.

JK
JoannaK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Making the most of the outside area during the pandemic. Tables dressed and ready for each customer. Staff always so polite and professional. Didn’t eat on this occasion but from previous visits would definitely recommend 100%.

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KateF
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time out from lockdown and first visit here and we can’t wait to return again and when it’s fully open in May! Good setup for al fresco dining- food was lovely, drinks are reasonably priced (it is centre of town!) and the service was great!

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vipAnneS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend eating here.

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LilyG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed outside eating , great service recommend to friends

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ToriB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb all round - food, drinks, service and ambience. Congratulations to all at Hibou

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Hollbob
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic evening back in Hibou Blanc, good food and selection of drinks

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Foody
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Only outside menu available, looking forward to trying other menus when available from 17th May.

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BethM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and cocktails. Lovely ambience as well.

JH
JasonH
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bar & despite the COVID measures, still a great place to dine out

JK
JoyK
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great atmosphere. The service of the staff is outstanding.

CM
ChrisM
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, service, surroundings and ambiance. We'll be back !

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and staff amazing

FAQs

Hibou Blanc is rated 4.5 stars by 93 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 reservations at the moment.