Blackfriars Restaurant

Afternoon tea, British, Modern European·
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Tucked away just behind Newcastle’s Chinatown, Blackfriars is set in an immaculate 12th-century courtyard. The building – allegedly the oldest purpose-built restaurant in the UK – originally served as a refectory for Dominican friars, though there’s nothing monastic about its current incarnation, with its homely mismatch of furniture, globally inspired menu & general buzz of 21st century life. The varied, seasonally influenced menu offers the tempting likes of potted crab or locally foraged mushrooms with fried bread and red wine reduction, followed by game casserole or North Sea pollack with flageolet beans and chorizo stew and salsa verde, all simply presented, subtly flavoured & always delicious. A different roast every Sunday (served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mash, & vegetables) forms part of a great daily lunch deal that’s £11.50/£14.50 for two/three courses. Booking ahead is essential.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, British, Modern European
Cosy, Dark and moody, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Child friendly, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating


Blackfriars is a beautiful, historical restaurant in the centre of Newcastle located in a 13th century friary. The friary was restored in the late 1970s, after having slowly fallen into disrepair over hundreds of years. The restaurant serves British food made from local ingredients, with an emphasis on wild game when it is in season. The autumn a la carte menu features hand-dived scallops, Yorkshire grouse, wild mushrooms and slow cooked duck eggs served with truffles. As well as functioning as a restaurant, Blackfriars also runs a small cookery school, which offers classes for children, teens and adults. The restaurant puts on medieval-themed events throughout the year, such as the New Years’ Medieval Banquet. At these light-hearted events, there is live music, and 13th century food such as suckling pig and pottage is served. Guests are encouraged to dress up in medieval costumes and everyone can enjoy the local Lindisfarne mead.

For a slightly less medieval - although no less traditional - British meal, Blackfriars also offers a beautiful afternoon tea. The lower tier of the tea is made up of five different finger sandwiches and a sausage roll made from wild hog and seasoned with winter truffles. For the upper tiers, Blackfriars offers a selection of lightly spiced scones, and four miniature cakes. The team at Blackfriars are happy to prepare gluten free or vegetarian afternoon teas but will need at least 48 hours notice, so please book well in advance.

Blackfriars can host a range of corporate and group events in the friary’s historic Banquet Hall. The stone Hall was used in 1334 by King Edward III during his war with Scotland to receive Edward Balliol. It is furnished with locally-made oak tables, lit by stained glass windows and decorated with recreations of medieval banners. The hall can seat up to 50 people, and is a very atmospheric location to hold a function or party.


Can you book Blackfriars Newcastle?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Blackfriars Newcastle serve vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

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Is Blackfriars Newcastle child-friendly?

Yes, children are welcome and there is a dedicated kids menu.

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Friars Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4XN

0191 261 5945 0191 261 5945


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-21:45
Tue 17:30-21:45
Wed 17:30-21:45
Thu 17:30-21:45
Fri 17:30-21:45
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 09:30-21:45
Sun 09:30-16:00


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2 Reviews 

Keith B

15 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5


19 June 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Excellent food and a friendly, attentive service.

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