Black Friar, Blackfriars Rd, Salford, M3 7DH – Visit Now
Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Black Friar pub is a renewed treasure for Salford. It was left unused after a fire 15 years ago but has returned bigger and better. Spearheaded by Ben Chaplin, previously of the excellent 20 Stories, their menu is rich in delights. You can find their deceptively small entrance on the corner of Blackfriars Road which will lead you into this grand space.
The Black Friar blends the floor structure of a comfortable pub with the decor of a Michelin quality restaurant. Covering three floors, the pub is split into a walk-in friendly area for those who fancy a quick drink and the impressive restaurant space, for which you’ll likely need to make a reservation.
Tucked behind all of this is the beer garden, which is arguably one of the most attractive and luxurious across all of Salford and Manchester. It’s designed so you can bask in the sun when you visit, beer in hand, enjoying those sporadic bursts of Mancunian-slash-Mediterranean weather.
Depending on which part of the pub you choose, you’ll find a perfectly suited curated menu. Classic pub grub lovers will be happy to see seasonal pie on the menu, alongside homemade burgers and small bites to go with your drink. Step into the restaurant and you will be treated to a high-end menu filled with French and British influences.
Locally sourced ingredients are given first-class treatment to create fantastic dishes like their confit chicken terrine, or the gloriously satisfying monkfish and langoustine bouillabaisse. For dessert, you’ll be able to enjoy traditional desserts like chocolate fondant and tiramisu, as well as sweet cocktails and dessert wines. Full of meticulously constructed dishes and wonderful ideas, the Black Friar’s menu is a true blessing for the city.
Back in the 19th century, architect William Ball etched the famous quote, “go further and fare far worse” into the pub exterior. It holds true to this day. Missing out on a seat at the Black Friar may mean you’ll likely have to settle for something that pales in comparison.