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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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018)

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





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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


Monday, 15th January 2018 - Sunday, 21st January 2018

NE1 Restaurant Week
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New World Wine Tasting at Blackfriars from £25.99, Newcastle upon Tyne

Monday, 26th February 2018 - Monday, 26th February 2018

New World Wine Tasting at Blackfriars from £25.99
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Friday, 23rd February 2018 - Friday, 23rd February 2018

Magnum Force Bordeaux Wine Dinner at Blackfriars Restaurant
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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Fish and Seafood Masterclass at Blackfriars Restaurant
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Friday, 2nd March 2018 - Friday, 2nd March 2018

Cocktail Making at Blackfriars Restaurant
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Saturday, 3rd March 2018 - Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Bread Making For Beginners at Blackfriars
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Friday, 9th March 2018 - Saturday, 10th March 2018

Beer and Bread Weekender at Blackfriars Restaurant
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Domestic Butchery Masterclass at Blackfriars Restaurant
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Exploring The Wine List at Blackfriars Restaurant
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