Blackfriars Medieval Friary

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Blackfriars Medieval Friary

Blackfriars Medieval Friary
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Blackfriars is a former Dominican 13th Century Friary and medieval buildings established in 1239. Within the complex you will find a Parlour Bar (the oldest standing bar in Newcastle), the restaurant which is believed to be the oldest purpose-built restaurant in the UK, a Banquet hall for parties, a Cookery School and Wine, Beer and Whisky Tasting Room. This is not the listing for It is not for the Blackfriars Restaurant or Blackfriars Cookery School.
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK602 contributions
An oasis of peace
Jul 2021
Blackfriars is a hidden gem right in the heart of Newcastle City Centre. It is located behind Stowell Street in Chinatown. It is the very origin of Newcastle as aplace - the monks settled here long before anyone else. It is well laid out and you can get a real sense of how it must have been in its day. Thedre is alos a tearoom and restaurnat if you require refreshment.
It is worth seeking out as an antifdote to the retail hedonism that surrounds it!
Written July 6, 2021
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,177 contributions
Friary not Priory
Jul 2020 • Couples
I find it really intriguing that there are so many Priory monasteries, but so few Friary monasteries. It’s lovely to have the ruins of one in the centre of Newcastle, it’s now boxed in by Friars Street, Stowell Street and Dispensary Lane.

There are a number of different orders of friars including the Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians and Carmelites. This Friary was a Dominican one and originates from the 13th century. There are good information boards and easy parking on Friars St nearby.

There are some buildings still in use, the Parlour bar and Blackfriars restaurant. You don’t need to eat or drink at these to get access. You can walk through the arch from Friars St or from Dispensary Lane with runs from Stowell St to Low Friar St.
Written July 19, 2020
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DebbieA3
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK20 contributions
Wedding
Oct 2019
My husband and I got married here on Friday and had the most amazing wedding ceremony and reception in the medieval banquet hall. From the very start the staff (namely Laura) have been fantastic and gave us the wedding we wanted. Everyone commented how outstanding the food was and how helpful all of the staff were during the wedding breakfast and reception.
The venue itself is simply stunning and is really special to us. We simply could not have asked for a better day and are beyond grateful as it exceeded our expectations. If I could rate it higher I would.
Written October 22, 2019
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,111 contributions
mediaeval friary repurposed as restaurant
Jun 2019
The mediaeval cloisters of the Dominican friary survived the dissolution of the monasteries, converted at the time into head quarters for the town's trade guilds. Some of the shields of these trades can still be seen above the doorways. The buildings fell into a bad state of repair in the early 20th C and were bought and restored by the city council. Much of the remaining buildings have now been converted into a restaurant. However, you can look around the former cloisters square - which is now a small public open space - without buying a meal. Staff at the restaurant noticed us taking photographs of the architecture and asked if we would like a look inside the main hall. Everyone was very friendly so don't be put off looking around the outside you don't intend to have a meal. Its a great spot to see some of Newcastle's mediaeval past, and it is right next to the best surviving sections of town wall.
Written August 17, 2019
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Janice C
Boulmer, UK21 contributions
Dinner by Candlight
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visited here with my partner for date night, choosing the early diners 3 course special. What a treat! The restaurant was having some electrical issues but this didn't spoil our special night. If anything the candlelight just added to the ambience of our surroundings. Just want to say a special thanks to the knowledgeable staff who helped us with our selection. The food was superb, my goats cheese starter and beef Wellington main had me struggling with the want to lick my plate. I choose the orange creme brulee for dessert which was good but out shone by the bread and butter pudding. An absolute delight, we can't wait to return.
Written March 9, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,633 contributions
Blackfriars Medieval Friary
Oct 2018 • Solo
I didn't try the restaurant and only had a stroll around the grounds as it's open to the public. Once one of the largest friaries in England, the Black friars Medieval Friary is now one of the oldest building in Newcastle and obviously has a lot of history. Nowadays Friary buildings hosts a restaurant and some specialist crafts shop. There's information dotted about the grounds of the friary giving the history of the friary and what part of the grounds where used for.
Written October 14, 2018
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Hugo
Gateshead, UK105 contributions
Sunday lunch
Oct 2018 • Friends
A really good place to go in the centre of Newcastle. The Sunday menu was varied and really enjoyable. Authentic historical atmosphere with contemporary menu was great. The meat and fish options for lunch would suit most palettes and the sweets were really interesting and lovely. Not too pricey give it a go.
Written October 7, 2018
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Thegirlfrom1982
253 contributions
A wedding with a difference
Sep 2018 • Friends
We went here for one of my oldest friends wedding receptions. The place has a medieval theme and for their celebration, we were having a full medeival banquet.

The place we had our meal in was a banquet hall, seperate from the rest of the restaurant. The space was beautiful and you felt like you had walked back in time, as soon as you entered.

Across the evening, we had five courses of olde worlde dishes to nourish and cleanse our pallets. When we first arrived, a guy dressed up in medieval jester attire also played an array of old fashioned instruments including the lute.

All of our food came out in ceramic dishes and we used the same plate to eat off for every course: something that apparently was common a long time ago. All the courses were very different and offered an insight into old fashioned cooking.

My only qualms were: Although the bride and groom had made us aware of the different courses, I thought the restaurant should have re-iliterated clearly what everything was as it came out. I missed what they said a few times, as the person speaking was too far away. Therefore was just eating whatever, not always knowing what it was. I also thought it was a shame how they had the kitchen for the area set up. It was a metallic metal kitchen, which was on show to the dingy medieval banquet hall. Just confused why they didnt put up a panel that fitted in with the room or something, as anytime I saw that area, it completely destroyed the ambience of the space. We also seemed to have one waiting staff person near us who seemed in a mood, which is not cool, when its someone's special day we are celebrating.

I would be interested in going to the main restaurant and having something completely different and seeing what that was like.

We all had a really good time at the wedding and I think the Bride and Groom did too, so that is the main thing.
Written September 29, 2018
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MaryKop
Colorado Springs, CO2,421 contributions
Beautifully maintained compund
Aug 2018 • Couples
What was once the home to a large church and friary is now home to a restaurants and some craft work. The interior courtyard has some good informational signs and some of the buildings have been restored and are still in use. Interesting place.
Written September 5, 2018
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Kostas T
Eskilstuna, Sweden34 contributions
VERY GOOD
Mar 2018
Been there for a dinner after a long day at a course! Food was amazing and the service was really good!!
Written June 19, 2018
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  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
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