Blackfriars Restaurant

(11 reviews) 11 5
Friars Street Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne & Wear NE1 4XN
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About Blackfriars Restaurant

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

Blackfriars was established in 1239 as a Dominican friary and remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s medieval crown. Whilst its horseshoe of stone buildings surround a sheltered courtyard, its peaceful and tranquil location belies its hidden location right in the heart of the city. As an inner-city former friary still in commercial use today, Blackfriars is truly unique and provides the perfect picturesque backdrop for a beautiful wedding or civil partnership.
Housed within a Grade 1 Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Blackfriars Restaurant opened in 2001 and has been in the same ownership ever since. The restaurant has held an AA Rosette for almost two decades and is recommended by the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide. The restaurant has also won many awards including Taste of the North East and is now one of the most recognised and reputed restaurants in Newcastle.
The ground floor comprises the main restaurant, a stunning self-contained Banquet Hall and an ornate Parlour Bar for early arrivals and drinks receptions as well as our sheltered courtyard. On the first floor the Tasting Room is housed within one of the former guild meeting rooms, as is the state-of-the-art Cookery School and other meeting rooms. The former friary, courtyard and gardens provide the perfect picture-postcard setting for your photographs.
Blackfriars is approved by Newcastle City Council for marriages and civil partnerships so you can enjoy both your ceremony and reception in one place. We have dedicated wedding coordinators to help you plan your day and take care of all your wants and needs so you don’t have to worry. 
Blackfriars is able to accommodate most wedding formats. Just imagine the ceremony of your dreams in our ornate Banquet Hall or unique Tasting Room, followed a relaxed Champagne reception in the sheltered courtyard or historic Parlour Bar before heading back into the Banquet Hall for a delicious and memorable wedding breakfast and evening party. Blackfriars really does have it all and is the perfect venue for your big day!

• Restaurant and Banquet Hall located in a 13th century medieval friary • Dedicated wedding coordinator on hand to help you through the planning process • Every event at Blackfriars is unique to you • Perfect setting for drinks reception and photographs • Menus can be tailored to suit your need • Banquet Hall can host up to 50 guests for a ceremony and formal dining experience

Facilities at Blackfriars Restaurant

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
Other Features :
Changing Room for Guests

Blackfriars Restaurant Reviews (11)

Wonderful day
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By Jennifer Hall, on 25 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Sep 2019

We couldn't recommend Blackfriars more, we had such a wonderful day and the planning was so smooth. Laura was our main point of contact and she was great throughout, always getting back to us quickly and helping with any questions. All of the staff on the day were lovely and really made the day run smoothly. The main reason we first chose Blackfriars was the food and the look of the Banquet Hall and neither disappointed on the day. The weather was pretty bad on our day but this didn't really matter, the staff were great with lots of umbrellas and there was plenty of room indoors for everyone. It isn't the cheapest venue, on a per head basis, but in our opinion the price is totally worth it and given what we received we were happy with the overall price. Thank you so much,

Just a note to say...
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By Julie & Chris, on 20 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 26 May 2019

Just a note to say a very heartfelt thank you for everything you did to make our big day so incredibly special!

Thank you for being part of our special day
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By Mark & Dawn Bell, on 20 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Mar 2019

Thank you so much for our amazing beautiful wedding at your banquet hall! Your service is fantastic, the food amazing and your staff so friendly and helpful! We loved our wedding and had an amazing day, we will highly recommend you! From Mr and Mrs Bell.

Thank you so much
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By Robert and Catriona Cain, on 20 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Oct 2018

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding go perfectly. We had a wonderful day, and so did all our guests. Hope to return for an anniversary! From Robert & Catriona Cain

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By Heather S, on 12 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Jul 2018

My partner and I got married at Blackfriars on Monday and had an absolutely fantastic day. We had the whole day there, ceremony, breakfast and evening do and everything was perfect. The staff were amazing and looked after us and our guests so well. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was too. We really couldn't recommend this venue enough. They really make sure your special day is exactly that. Rachel helped out with every query and request on the run up and Ellie ran the day impeccably. Thank you so much for all of your hard work Blackfriars. :)

A day to remember!
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By Jill & Mick, on 06 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 12 May 2018

Dear Laura & Team, Thank you so much for a fabulous day on 12th May, it certainly was a day to remember! Love Jill & Mick xx

Thank you Blackfriars
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By Michael A, on 04 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Mar 2018

hank you Blackfriars for all your hard work for our wedding reception. The staff were friendly as accommodating; the food delicious; the banquet hall stunning. Many thanks especially to Laura Race for all the organisation and planning that she performed and helped with. The venue is perfect for a wedding reception and I would highly recommend.

Special service
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By Laura Allan, on 22 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 25 Jul 2016

All was faultless - from the planning and advice to the food and service on the day. I really can’t fault any aspect of the service we got from start to finish. Even after the event, we have returned a few times for meals, and have been remembered by the staff each time, and made to feel like special guests. It’s this special service which will keep us coming back, and recommending the venue to others.

The food and drink was excellent
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By Catherine McTernan, on 22 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 19 Jul 2014

Lee was great from the initial viewing of Blackfriars to the organisation on the day. We had full confidence in her ability to give us the relaxed day we wanted. The food and drink was excellent and all of the guests enjoyed the day.

Thank you
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By Marie Hunt, on 12 Apr 2016

We could not have asked for a better venue, meal, drinks or service. As far as we are concerned Blackfriars made our day very special. We had excellent feedback from our guests and quite a few are recommending Blackfriars as a great place to have a wedding and also as somewhere to go to enjoy a great meal and service.

A perfect day. Thank you!
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By Rachel Brown, on 22 Jan 2016

I had 100% confidence in Lee (wedding coordinator) and knew that the room would be lovely. In fact, she and the staff exceeded those expectations and for this reason, we loved the venue even more. It gave us the wedding we had both wished for as it was relaxed and friendly yet extremely professional and organised. The restaurant provided stunning food throughout the day.

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