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Blackfriars, Friars Street, Newcastle, NE1 4XN – Visit Now

When it comes to restaurants, the atmospheric Blackfriars is well worth a visit on your trip to Newcastle, and being within walking distance of the city centre, it’s easy to get to. Blackfriars is named after the old Medieval monastery founded in 1239, when two sisters donated land to the Dominican Order, which would become known as the order of the Black Friars.

Today the monastery is mostly ruined, with a few key refurbished buildings, but it’s just a stone’s throw from St. James’s Park football stadium – where footballers today wear the black and white strip. These strips are inspired by the black and white robes of the Dominican Friars, attesting to a deep connection through time.

Blackfriars is named after the old Medieval monastery founded in 1239, when two sisters donated land to the Dominican Order

Blackfriars restaurant has gone from strength to strength. Andy and his wife, Sam, founded it in 2001 and developed it over the following years, so much so that it has come to use more and more of the old monastery buildings for baking lessons, wine tasting and cookery courses, all bookable through their website.

When it comes to the restaurant itself you will be able to enjoy your meal in the monastery’s refectory (where the monks ate) – which is said to be the oldest dining room in the UK. The food is always inspired by medieval flavours, which fits wonderfully with the stained-glass windows and décor of the building.

Produce from local farms and producers fit well with their traditional menus and bring amazing flavour and sustainability at the same time. Blackfriars is also amazingly cost-effective, with flavoursome food at a price which will leave you pleased. The restaurant was also voted Taste of England by the North East Tourism Awards, another reason to eat there.

If you would like more of an experience or have a large group to feed, their medieval-themed banquets bring together authentic food, traditional music, and entertainment in their impressive venue for an unforgettable night. They have also dabbled in Harry Potter-themed events with magical results – the golden snitch Ferrero Rocher is amazing. A trip to Blackfriars is steeped in history and flavour, making it a must on your trip to Newcastle.

  • Friars Street
  • Newcastle
  • NE1 4XN
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Tue: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Wed: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Thu: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Fri: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sun: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit