Blackfriars Medieval Friary

Blackfriars Medieval Friary

Blackfriars Medieval Friary
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9:30 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, UK969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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kennyr360
Kirkliston, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Wonderful Sunday lunch. A choice of roast meats either pink or well done. The venue is really special a oasis of calm in the city centre. Only one tiny comment that would have liked more gravy but I’m sure the staff would have brought more of I’d asked. We will be back
Written May 1, 2023
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Lesjeff21
Newcastle, UK72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
Made a reservation for Sunday lunch.. ordered all 3 course & waited half an hr for the starter then another half hour for main course... I ordered belly pork for main course I got 1piece which was about 3 inches if that ( I buy & cook belly pork regularly so iam aware of fat content ect) the majority of the piece was full of fat. I wouldn’t complain if I’d got more than one piece... however I did complain & we got our deserts free... the service was very poor the restaurant wasn’t full I could have understood if it wasn’t just Sunday lunches that were being served... quantity & quality of food very average. Such a shame lovely setting
Written February 25, 2018
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ozboyz
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Blackfriars was once an important 13th century friary in the heart of Newcastle. Now, little remains but what does lends to an open courtyard where you can pop yourself down and have an impromptu lunch or picnic. Some of the cloisters are still standing and house a restaurant and small art house shops. Worth a visit as the friary is also located near some of the old city wall so an area of historical interest.
Written July 26, 2014
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Thegirlfrom1982
256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kostas T
Eskilstuna, Sweden38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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X7939LPandreat
Newcastle38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Office xmas lunch, my starter of 3 scallops on cauliflower puree was amazing, first time i'd tried scallops and they were delicious even though they were only very small but it was only a starter. I had the turkey with veg and for dessert the creme brulee. All cooked very well and very tasty. I don't know what the cost was as the boss paid but I would definitely go back again.
Written April 28, 2017
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Rob O
Madison, WI4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
I liked the atmosphere very much. The food was good, but I would not go so far to say very good. Ingredients were local and everything did seem very fresh, but overall was somewhat bland to my taste. They use the history to their advantage but nothing wrong with that. The decor was stylish. Nice place to bring visitors.
Written September 2, 2014
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Tg12
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Visited for Sunday lunch....what a let down..ordered pea n mint soup, very good hubby had black pudding which lacked seasoning and must have only half teaspoon of mushroom ketchup! Not very good..but we were looking forward to main course..no beef only chicken or lamb so we chose lamb ...I love veg so really shocked to get 4 hard carrots peas and pickled red cabbage terrible The lamb although tasted ok was fatty and stringy I expect to get slices of roast meat on Sunday lunch ..terrible after looking forward to visit ..lovely waiter beautiful restaurant but we won't be back ....no choice whether to tip they add on anyway!!
Written May 6, 2013
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rach8322
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A lovely evening as a couple. Attentive staff, tasty food and a great atmosphere. Had a £40 voucher which didn’t touch the side of the bill! A little over priced but your paying for the experience too.
Written November 4, 2023
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