Blackfriars won the Taste of England award in the North East Tourism Awards making it a top place to eat in Newcastle.
The restaurant is steeped in medieval history and has become one of the city’s most recognised restaurants. Established in 1239 as a Dominican friary, Blackfriars has had a long and turbulent history that included a spell as a hostel to accommodate nobles and royals such as King Henry III. As a former friary in commercial use today, it is undoubtedly time-enduring and unique.
The restaurant serves a classic but gutsy traditional British menu using local and seasonal ingredients and uses an abundance of great produce all around the North East such as mouth-watering aged beef, old breeds of pork and lamb, delicious award-winning cheeses and ice creams, fragrant heather honey, organic vegetables, super-fresh fish and a host of award-winning beers. In addition to the main 72 seat restaurant, the splendour of Blackfriars ornate medieval Banquet Hall has been brought back to life following years of painstaking and meticulous research and restoration. As well as corporate functions, special occasions and weddings, the 50 seat capacity Banquet Hall also regularly plays host to authentic medieval banquets where gastronomic feasts are served on the large, candle-lit communal tables by costumed staff, with real medieval entertainment. Blackfriars also has a Workshop and demonstration kitchen for up to 12 people and holds courses for all the family including artisan bread making, food and wine matching, chocolate workshops and Little Monks Cookery School for children aged 8+. Blackfriars has won a number of awards including being voted Top Sunday Roast in Newcastle by the Independent and Best Restaurant by Metro newspaper. The restaurant is also the Sustainability Restaurant Association champion for Newcastle. To see their menus visit http://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/menus Check out their new video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG_7JkrTXik