Originating back in 1239, Blackfriars has endured a long and turbulent history including spells as a hostel for King Henry III. Today, the restaurant occupies the former refectory giving rise to its reputation as the oldest dining room in the UK and as a former inner-city monastery in commercial use today it’s undeniably unique.
Sourcing seasonal produce from local farms and markets, the kitchen produces gutsy traditional and historic British dishes accompanied by a large award-winning wine list.
The main restaurant is perfect for large dining parties and seats up to 72 diners in total; the Banquet Hall has large communal tables and seats up to 50 diners whilst the Old Dormitory Rooms seat 16 diners.
Blackfriars was recently awarded ‘Best restaurant in the North East/Newcastle’ by readers of The Observer, Metro Newspaper, and Hi-Life Dining Club. It has also gained an AA rosette, inclusion in the Which? Good Food Guide, Hardens and Michelin Guides.
- The Restaurant Writes...
Blackfriars was voted the best restaurant in the North East England Tourism Awards held in 2013.
Originating back in 1239 when it was built as a medieval friary, the restaurant served as the refectory for the friars making it one of the oldest purpose-built dining rooms in the UK, steeped in history.
The 72 seat 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 and 12 seat Workshop running a range of courses.
Blackfriars was recently 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.
- Contact Ruth Hall at 0191 261 5945