Blackfriars Medieval Friary

Blackfriars Medieval Friary

Blackfriars Medieval Friary
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12:00 PM - 4:00 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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Gissocrates3
Houston, TX160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Impeccable service. Wonderful preparation. Amazing diners to speak with. Wonderful beer made in the monastery. Truly a delight. We went in with no reservations. The host was a little taken back and explained they were fully booked. As we walked away suddenly he got a call canceling a reservation for 2. Perfect! The dishes were unique and delicious. It’s rather expensive. Dish and a side each plus 2 beers = $100. However it’s a place you should go absolutely if you can.
Written 7 March 2024
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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 4 November 2023
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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 1 May 2023
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Mike
Esentepe, Cyprus5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
The ambiance of this restored 13th century building is striking and the perfect venue for our family New Year’s get-together. The food was well presented, very taste and they cater for alleges and beliefs.
The staff were very helpful and made a nice fuss of my ageing parent’s who did not look out of place in this medieval setting 😉
All in all, great company, great food and great service. We shall be back.
Written 7 January 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I were heading to The Keel Row Pub when we passed Blackfriars Medieval Friary and what a beautiful building this is .
A Grade I listed building dating from the 13th century, its a beautiful building, we saw it on a lovely warm night ,the former friary looked amazing bathed in moonlight, now converted into a popular restaurant, its a building I highly recommend you visit if you're in the area and easy to locate along Friars Street.
Written 29 October 2021
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK971 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 6 July 2021
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK8,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 July 2020
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DebbieA3
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 October 2019
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,708 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 August 2019
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Janice C
Boulmer, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 March 2019
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