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Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall


Blackfriars is an award winning restaurant located in a 13th-century medieval friary in the heart of Newcastle.

With its Dominican origins dating back to 1239, and a long and turbulent history that included a spell as a hostel for King Henry III, as a former inner-city monastery, Blackfriars is undeniably unique. The restaurant, which now occupies the oldest dining room in the UK, serves guests traditional-British cooking with local seasonal produce often straight from the nearby farms and markets.

Located next to the main restaurant Blackfriars’ ornate medieval Banquet Hall has been brought back to life following years of painstaking and meticulous research and restoration. The celebrated venue of King Edward III boasts authentic and bespoke banners, chandeliers, wall coverings, stained-glass windows, a large oak dining tables and matching chairs.

The hall, which also has its own kitchens, bar and toilet, accommodates 50 guests and is the perfect venue for corporate events, networking groups, functions, wine tastings, educational visits, private parties, anniversaries and weddings.

Blackfriars workshop and demonstration area, which overlooks the cloister garden, has a stunning central and bespoke granite-topped table accommodating up to 12 guests. It is the ideal space for bread-making, food and wine matching, kids’ cookery workshops, dinner party cooking and team building sessions as well as corporate and private dining.

Blackfriars is open for lunch and dinner every day (except for Sunday evenings) and throughout the week offers a fantastic Working Lunch menu.  When 6 or more people have lunch they also have free use of the ‘Old Dormitory’ Meeting Room which provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and overlooks the secluded medieval courtyard.   It accommodates up to 40 people.  At weekends, Blackfriars serves one of the best lunches in town.

Blackfriars hosts a number of other popular events throughout the year including medieval banquets, food and beer matching, whiskey dinners and chocolate dinners – see for details or to book online.


72 seats restaurant

50 seats Banquet Hall

12 seats Workshop facility

40 seats Meeting Room

40 seats outside terrace and dining area





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  • Regional and MiscellaneousTaste of North East England Silver Taste of North East England Silver 2008
  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Tourism Awards - Taste of England Award - Gold North East England Tourism Awards - Taste of England Award - Gold 2012

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Monday – Saturday Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm – late
Sunday Lunch: 12pm – 4pm
Closed on bank holidays


Dobson and Parnell, Quayside Newcastle

Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Championship Lunch
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Saturday, 15th April 2017 - Saturday, 15th April 2017

Championship Lunch
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Saturday, 22nd April 2017 - Saturday, 22nd April 2017

Championship Lunch
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Friday, 16th June 2017 - Saturday, 17th June 2017

Beer and Bread Weekender
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Saturday, 10th June 2017 - Saturday, 10th June 2017

Dinner Party Cooking
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Friday, 21st April 2017 - Friday, 21st April 2017

Beer and Food Matching
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Saturday, 29th April 2017 - Saturday, 29th April 2017

Medieval Lecture at Blackfriars
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Sunday, 30th April 2017 - Sunday, 30th April 2017

Seafood and Whisky Dinner
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Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Saturday, 13th May 2017

Cooking for Beginners
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Tuesday, 4th April 2017 - Tuesday, 4th April 2017

Ladies Lunch at Blackfriars
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Tuesday, 11th April 2017 - Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Little Monks Cookery Club
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Thursday, 13th April 2017 - Thursday, 13th April 2017

Smart Cookies Cookery Club
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Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 - Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

Ladies Lunch at Blackfriars
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Tuesday, 30th May 2017 - Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Little Monks Cookery Club
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Thursday, 1st June 2017 - Thursday, 1st June 2017

Smart Cookies Cookery Club
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Tuesday, 6th June 2017 - Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Ladies Lunch at Blackfriars
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Tuesday, 25th July 2017 - Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Little Monks Cookery Club
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Thursday, 27th July 2017 - Thursday, 27th July 2017

Smart Cookies Cookery Club
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