Fareshare North East 3rd Lunchtime Banquet

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Win a date night!

Win a date night!

We're running a Facebook competition this week giving a lucky couple the chance to win a Date Night at Blackfriars!

Research by The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships* shows that couples who keep a regular 'Date Night' enjoy a happier and longer relationship than those who don't.

Relationship expert Aaron Anderson said:  "Date night allows couples to forget day-to-day tasks for a night and focus on helping their relationship improve.  Your identity as a spouse and as a couple often gets lost behind the routine chores and everyday tasks.  You forget about things like talking as grown ups and flirting with each other, so Date Night is an essential element to put into your routine as a couple"

Blackfriars Restaurant is offering one couple a Date Night with dinner for two in the Restaurant, voted Taste of England in the North East England Tourism Awards.

The winner of this competition and their date will receive a three course dinner selected from our new summer menu as well as a glass of Champagne or soft drink and coffee or tea to finish.

The deadline for entries is 15 July 2015 and the winner will be selected at random by Facebook message on that day.

The prize must be redeemed by 29 August 2015 and is available Monday-Saturday. Set menu only available.

Not available in conjunction with any other offer. This prize cannot be exchanged for cash.

To have a chance of winning simply ‘Like ' the competition post on Facebook: Blackfriars Restaurant which was posted on 29 June 2015.

Good luck !


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Fathers Day gift ideas

Fathers Day gift ideas

 It's Fathers Day coming up on Sunday 21 June and we have lots of gift ideas for the special man in your life.

Treat him to a Bread Making course, Cooking for Beginners Course, an authentic Medieval Banquet or Seafood and Whisky dinner which all take place later this year or have a look at our online shop.

Or maybe a posh lunch for two?  We have a few tables left for a fathers day lunch but please book early to avoid disappointment.

June 2015

Win a Champagne lunch for two!

Win a Champagne lunch for two!

We're running a Facebook competition where one lucky person will win a delicious Champagne lunch for two.

Whether you fancy a break from shopping, are catching up with friends or have something to celebrate, your day will be made even better with a scrumptious lunch at Blackfriars Restaurant, voted Taste of England in the North East England Tourism Awards.

The winner of this competition and a guest will receive a three course lunch selected from our new summer menu as well as a glass of Champagne or soft drink and coffee or tea to finish.

The deadline for entries is 1 June 2015 and the winner will be selected at random by Facebook message on that day.

The prize must be redeemed by 29 August 2015 (but excludes 7-15 July 2015 during Graduation Weeks) and is available Monday-Saturday lunch times only.

Not available in conjunction with any other offer. This prize cannot be exchanged for cash.

To have a chance of winning simply ‘Like' the competition post on Facebook: Blackfriars Restaurant which was posted on 19 May 2015.

Good luck!

Blackfriars is in vogue with fashionable lunch event

Blackfriars is in vogue with fashionable lunch event

We're teaming up with a top style consultant to host a chic ladies lunch event for dedicated followers of fashion.

Alana Sellers, who runs Newcastle-based Dress Up Cycle, will be visiting Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall on Tuesday, May 5, to offer personal styling advice to ladies looking for some wardrobe inspiration this spring.

At the event, which kicks off at 11am, guests will enjoy a glass of fizz, a talk from Alana, a three course lunch, wine and coffee for £25 per person.

Alana set up Dress up Cycle in 2013 and works throughout the North East and beyond to help women develop a style that they love, and to help them feel confident about their daily clothing choices.

On average, women only wear 20 per cent of what they own, and Alana’s aim is to rescue the remaining 80 per cent by helping her clients to understand which colours and shapes suit them.

At the Blackfriars event, Alana will share some insider hints and tips on dressing for your shape, will explain how important colour is for your look and your mood, and will provide practical demonstrations for tweaking outfits and combinations.

Alana said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing my love of fashion with a new group of women in the wonderful setting of Blackfriars.

“So many of the women I meet aren't happy with the state of their wardrobes, find it hard to navigate ever changing trends, and need advice on colours and shape, so I have made it my mission to help my clients develop a style that they love, and to help them feel amazing every day. I'm a big believer in style over trend!

“For me, one of the fundamental aspects of style is making it authentic to our own personalities, likes and dislikes. Every woman is different and that's the absolute joy of it, so we'll be doing some fun questionnaires to help women discover how they can inject more of their own personality into their style.

“If any ladies would like to bring along items of clothing that they don't know how to style or what to do with, I will help them figure out what to do with items that never make it out of the wardrobe.”

Lee McKinnell, events manager at Blackfriars, said: “Alana has an infectious enthusiasm for fashion and we’re delighted to welcome her to Blackfriars to share her knowledge and advice with our guests.

“We love working with inspirational local companies to host our great value ladies lunch events, and we’re sure that this theme will be particularly popular.”

Book your place here

Our ladies lunch events take place on the first Tuesday of every month. Browse our events page for further details.


Intimate weddings on the rise

Intimate weddings on the rise

Tom and Stephanie pictured on their wedding day at Blackfriars 

We're experiencing a surge of wedding bookings thanks to a demand for more intimate ceremonies with short lead times, and to celebrate we're having a Wedding Fayre in the Banquet Hall at Blackfriars on Sunday 22 Febuary 2015.

We've seen wedding ceremonies and receptions triple as more people are opting for smaller and bijoux weddings with shorter lead times of 3-6 months. We've also experienced an increase for mid-week weddings as couples turn their backs on traditional Saturday dates to save money with Thursday and Fridays being the most popular days.

Stephanie and Tom Hawks from Ryton, Tyne & Wear (pictured here) tied the knot at Blackfriars in August 2014 having only booked their wedding four months in advance. Stephanie, who is a nurse therapist in GP Practice at Northumberland Tyne and Wear Mental Health Foundation said: ”We had been thinking of getting married for a while but didn’t want to commit to the venue years in advance. Once we’d decided to get married we didn’t want to wait a long time. Blackfriars offered lots of flexibility and turned everything around for us in a few months.

“We were attracted by the history of the venue and the gorgeous originality of the building, and the wedding ceremony experience felt like we were in an intimate chapel, and afterwards was transformed into a spectacular dining banquet hall. Our priority was great food and wine and brilliant, efficient and informal but professional service which we got from Blackfriars. All the guests commented on what a special individual venue we had chosen and how relaxed it was.”

“The courtyard meant we had fantastic pictures and a beautiful space for guests to mill outside. We also reserved the downstairs of the restaurant in case the weather turned. We needed to use this whilst the room was prepared after the wedding ceremony, which meant everyone was comfortable and warm whilst they ate delicious canapés and drank fizz.”

Blackfriars is inviting brides and grooms to-be to a special Wedding Fayre on Sunday February 22, to give them plenty of ideas for hair and beauty, table and room decorations, photography and entertainment. 

The ornate Banquet Hall at Blackfriars offers a dramatic and magical backdrop for intimate wedding ceremonies or receptions with its authentic banners, chandeliers, stained glass windows and furnishing enjoyed by kings and nobles including King Edward III in medieval times. The venue also has the added benefit of a picturesque Cloister Garden which couples can use for photos and drinks receptions in the heart of Newcastle.

The event will take place from 12-3pm and admission is free. Visitors will also be treated to complimentary fizz and canapés to sample the food on offer at Blackfriars. Couples wishing to register their interest should contact Lee McKinnell, events manager at Blackfriars by email at

As well as the 50-seat Banquet Hall, guests also have the option of dining at Blackfriars Restaurant, which received the Taste of England accolade at the North East England Tourism Awards and was voted Best North East Restaurant in the Licensed Trade Awards 2014.

Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars, said: “We’re so pleased that our wedding services have proved to be so popular with those looking for a smaller, intimate celebration who don’t want to plan for years to tie the knot. We offer brides and grooms a truly unique setting in which to celebrate their big day in the heart of the city and are now staging around 30 weddings per year. The trend towards smaller weddings and mid week events is mirroring the national trend as people look for more cost effective ways to get married and a couple can enjoy a ceremony and reception from £2500 at Blackfriars. Our Wedding Fayre will showcase all we have to offer and our dedicated wedding team will be on hand to answer any questions that prospective couples may have about their special day.”

To attend the Wedding Fayre email Lee on

 Posted November 2014


Feast to raise awareness of food poverty and waste

Feast to raise awareness of food poverty and waste

We're cooking up a lunchtime feast to raise awareness of food poverty and food waste issues in our region, and to help provide training opportunities for vulnerable people ready to move on with their lives.

Staff at the restaurant have joined forces with charity Changing Lives and their social enterprise, FareShare NE, a food re-distribution company, to invite local diners to enjoy a four course lunch in Blackfriars’ medieval Banquet Hall on Sunday, September 28, with all proceeds going directly to Fareshare NE.

Blackfriars organised its first fundraising banquet for the charity last September which proved to be a sell-out success and raised more than £1000, so tickets are expected to be snapped up quickly for the 2014 event.

The Blackfriars team will once again be working with six trainee chefs from Changing Lives’ Employment Service who have all experienced homelessness and related issues at some stage, and whose lives have been touched by their involvement with the charity.

The chefs will explore cooking techniques and menu ideas to create a four course feast for guests, using delicious in-date food presented to them by Fareshare NE, which would otherwise have gone to landfill. Tickets can be booked through at £25 per person, and half price for children.

In the North East alone, FareShare has received 223 tonnes of in-date food in the last year from the food industry, 85% of which was surplus and would have otherwise gone to landfill. The good quality surplus food, donated by retailers and producers, is then re-distributed to over 70 community groups which provides food for around 2,600 vulnerable people each week.

For more information about Blackfriars Restaurant, visit or call 0191 261 5945.

Children to chill out this summer with free ice cream!

Children to chill out this summer with free ice cream!

Children are in for a treat this summer as Blackfriars is offering them free home-made ice cream when they enjoy lunch at the restaurant.

All they have to do is bring an adult with them at lunchtime from Monday to Saturday and both order a main course. The child will then be treated to a free ice cream for dessert. Meals can be eaten either in the restaurant or outside in the enclosed garden where there’s plenty of room to run about and let off some steam in the heart of Newcastle.

The summer menu includes dishes such as home made pork sausages and bubble and squeak, north sea fish and home-made chips, fresh pea and broad bean risotto and summer vegetable soup as well as desserts such as brioche summer fruit pudding and English strawberry cheesecake with sorbet.

Children with a burgeoning interest in cookery can also enjoy the Little Monks Cookery School from July 22-24 for ages 7-16. These popular sessions enable children to cook a variety of dishes as well as making their own lunch, and anything they don’t eat they bring home. The sessions cost £35 per child, £65 for two days or £89 for three days. For more information contact

Blackfriars also now hosts regular birthday parties at weekends for children where they have the option of cooking a range of dishes, as well as a number of lunch options, from ages seven and above, and can enjoy playing on the green until their food is ready.

Ruth Hall, general manager at Blackfriars, which was voted Taste of England in the North East England Tourism Awards said: “Our cloister garden is now open for lazy lunches and relaxing summer afternoons with children, enabling customers to enjoy one of the most secluded inner city green spaces in the heart of the city for some top notch al fresco dining. The restaurant is also perfectly situated next to The Gate so is ideal for lunch combined with a visit to the cinema or other attraction in town.

“Blackfriars is steeped in medieval history and is most likely the oldest purpose-built restaurant in the UK, having served as the refectory for the Dominican Friars. We work closely with schools and have also put together a fact and activity sheet about life in medieval times to keep children entertained whilst at the restaurant, and to help them to understand the history of the venue right on their doorstep.”

Share the love!

Share the love!

Summer’s here and Blackfriars Restaurant is launching a selection of sharing boards with its new seasonal menu.

The sharing boards include ‘The Fish Trencher’, which includes crispy monkfish, charred mackerel, salmon gravlax and white crab, and its ‘Medieval Meat Plate’ with duck ham, hay-smoked chicken, crispy trotter and oxtail roll, all served with a selection of breads.

The restaurant is offering a summer promotion of a sharing board for two people and two glasses of fizz for £20 at lunch times from Monday to Saturday, ideal for a light bite or lazy, relaxed afternoons.

Also on the new summer menu customers can find dishes such as potted Scottish salmon, watercress mousse, toasted tomato bread; seared lamb fillet, crispy belly, pan fried liver, cumin carrots, peas and broad beans and Hand-made truffled spätzle, wild mushrooms, Ribblesdale ‘Parmesan’. Desserts include Brioche summer fruit pudding, crème fraîche mousse, milk biscuit and dark chocolate delice, brandied cherries, white chocolate, cherry sorbet.

At lunch times and early evenings Blackfriars offers a special deal of two courses for £15 and three for £18 or customers can enjoy the full evening menu from 5.30pm when the sharing board costs £16 for two people.

The summer menu was created by Dan Duggan, head chef at Blackfriars, along with his team of chefs who received the coveted Taste of England accolade in the North East England Tourism Awards last year.

He said: “Our new menu is aimed at showcasing summer seasonal produce with an increased emphasis on smoking techniques, use of super-fresh market vegetables such as fresh peas, broad beans and fennel as well as walnuts and cherries from our very own courtyard. Blackfriars is also completely self-sufficient in fresh herbs throughout the summer months.

“We hope customers will enjoy our new selection of sharing boards for a lighter bite or as starters, and the lunch time offer is excellent value for money.

Blackfriars cloister garden is also now open for lunch, enabling customers to enjoy one of the most secluded inner-city green spaces in the heart of Newcastle for some top notch al fresco dining.

Children can also enjoy a special Blackfriars promotion this summer. When a child dines with an adult for lunch and they both enjoy a main course, the child will receive a home-made ice-cream just for them.

Children’s cookery classes are being held from 22-24 July from 10am-3pm within the workshop at Blackfriars. To book, visit

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