Blackfriars is Time Out's top restaurant in Newcastle

Wed 13th Nov

The list of best restaurants in the UK has been announced by Time Out with Blackfriars, located in a former medieval friary, being the top place to eat in Newcastle.
 

The EAT List by Time
Out, ranks the best restaurants in more than 50 cities worldwide and to compile the annual EAT Lists for cities around the UK, Time Out editors and contributing writers have crisscrossed the country to dine their way through hundreds of restaurants. The lists celebrate the very best places to eat in these cities right now, from cheap and innovative new restaurants to fine dining establishments. 

In Newcastle, the top restaurant was Blackfriars, located on Friars Street in Newcastle.  The review says:  “At Blackfriars Restaurant, diners can go full medieval-themed banquet (for large groups booking in advance) or simply enjoy fine European dining in a unique setting in a 13th-century friary. Those going all out can enjoy a whole suckling pig with all the trimmings, or simply the rare-breed pork belly, black pudding mash, leeks and apple gravy”.

Trends brought to light by The EAT List include the ever-growing appeal of plant-based restaurants for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike; the focus on provenance at a number of the top spots, with chefs regularly updating menus to work with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients; and the popularity of  small and medium plates, encouraging sharing and enjoying a meal together – though the lists in many cities still include top-notch tasting menus for celebrations and special occasion blow-outs.

Andy Hook, managing director of Blackfriars added: “We are over the moon at being selected as the only restaurant in Newcastle by Time Out during the year we are crowned the Taste of the North East in the North East England Tourism Award and Best Sunday Roast by too  This achievement is test amount to all of the hard work put in by our staff and I also think Blackfriars is unique to the city being the oldest dining room in the UK having served as a refectory for the Dominican friars since 1239, giving visitors a real taste of history”.
 
Time Out, the global media and leisure brand that has helped people go out better since 1968, today curates the best things to do in 327 cities in 58 countries. 
From A-Z by city,
Time Out’s number one restaurants around the UK are:

    AberdeenNargile
An Aberdeen institution, Nargile is home to delicious Turkish cuisine, with highlights including the meze platter, baklava and impressive vegetarian dishes – a perhaps surprising addition to the kebab-heavy menu. It is a popular spot to visit before a show at Her Majesty’s Theatre. 
  •     BathAcorn Vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike will need to book ahead for this 100% plant-based, 100% delicious restaurant’s affordable set lunch menu or the highly-Instagrammable five-course taster menu.
  •     BelfastJames St This contemporary restaurant with a focus on classic cooking is perfect for special occasions, with dedicated graduation and pre-theatre menus packed with fresh game, steaks and fish, followed by a range of dessert cocktails including a lemon meringue martini.
  •     BirminghamAdam's Michelin-starred Adam’s had humble beginnings as a pop-up in a former sandwich shop in 2013. Now it has a cult-like following, taking diners on a contemporary fine dining adventure with its eight-course menu featuring Orkney scallops and Anjou pigeon with wine pairings. 
  •     BrightonFood For Friends An award-winning vegetarian restaurant in the South Lanes specialising in dishes to be shared with the whole table, Food For Friends has become as much of a hit with meat-eaters as vegetarians. From porcini mushroom arancini and king oyster ‘scallops’ to tarka dahl and bao buns, there is something for everyone here.
  •     BristolThe Ox A go-to joint for steak and cocktails, The Ox is cosy but upmarket despite its location below a Wetherspoons. For cheaper eats, guests should visit between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Saturday to enjoy a 6oz rump steak, fries, sauce and a glass of house wine for just £15.  
  •     CambridgeTrinity This high-end venue will give visitors a taste for the high life: think champagne, oysters, meat, game and more. It is a popular spot for those celebrating their academic achievements and other special occasions.
  •     CardiffThe Clink The Clink can be found at HMP Cardiff, where prisoners training to work in the hospitality industry turn top quality local Welsh produce into fine dining dishes. Run by The Clink Charity, this isn’t just a place to eat great food, it is a place that is doing great things too. 
  •     EdinburghAizle Since opening in 2014, Chef Stuart Ralston and front-of-house Krystal Goff have been purveyors of the ‘bistronomy’ concept, showcasing a tasting menu featuring fresh local food in an informal atmosphere, where the latest ingredients Chef Ralston will be working with are detailed on the wall.
  •     GlasgowAlchemilla Local restaurateur Fergus McVicar and former Ottolenghi chef Rosie Healey set up this seriously cool Glasgow spot that looks as good as the food tastes. The Mediterranean-inspired small and medium sharing plates are ever-changing, with a menu based on what’s fresh and available, including shaved kohlrabi, fennel and herbs and sea bass carpaccio, orange and chilli.
  •     LeedsAagrah Part of a Yorkshire chain, this legendary curry house has been family-run since the late ’70s and has become a staple of the Northern dining scene. It is known for its best-in-class Kashmiri dishes, including the exceptional Hyderabadi chicken.  
  •     LiverpoolThe Art School Restaurant Housed in an old Victorian ‘home for destitute children’, The Art School Restaurant is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-cultural meal, given its proximity to both the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Everyman theatre. Its masterfully prepared British menu includes twice-baked cheese soufflé and roast breast of Scottish grouse with thyme-scented honey.
  •     LondonKiln This simple and stripped-back Soho spot serves a menu of exciting Thai barbecue dishes, with quality British-sourced meat and fish chargrilled in front of diners who brave sitting at the counter in front of the furnace. Hits include the tender, Burmese-spiced short-rib curry and the nightly specials.
  •     ManchesterWhere The Light Gets In Located in the loft of a restored Victorian coffee warehouse in Stockport, Where The Light Gets In is off Greater Manchester’s beaten track, but well worth the visit. Many ingredients featured on the outstanding seasonal tasting menu are sourced from the proprietors’ nearby farm, and everything is complemented by an impressive wine list and top-notch service.
  •     NewcastleBlackfriars Restaurant
At Blackfriars Restaurant, diners can go full medieval-themed banquet (for large groups booking in advance) or simply enjoy fine European dining in a unique setting: a 13th-century friary. Those going all out can enjoy a whole suckling pig with all the trimmings, or simply the rare-breed pork belly, black pudding mash, leeks and apple gravy.
  •     NottinghamSat Bains   Diners might not expect to find this once-in-a-lifetime seven-course tasting experience – one of the fanciest entries in this list with two Michelin stars – on the edge of an industrial estate by the River Trent. Highlight dishes include veal croquettes and Anjou pigeon.
  •     OxfordOli’s Thai It may be no surprise that the best restaurant in Oxford is also one of the hardest to get a table at, but it may shock some that it is a super-affordable suburban Thai spot taking the accolade. After booking weeks in advance, diners can enjoy hero dishes including a signature chickpea salad and duck massaman curry.
  •     SheffieldForge Bakehouse Forge Bakehouse offers a creative brunch menu, monthly supper clubs and themed evenings, cocktails and more. This humble bakery is home to some of the best bread in the city, baked fresh every day next to the cafe, which makes the best bed for its Mexican-style huevos rancheros.
  •     Southampton Dancing Man Brewery Bringing the Deep South to Hampshire, brewpub and restaurant Dancing Man serves Southern-style comfort food – pickled okra and pork crackling cornbread, cherry cola-glazed wings, succotash beans and gumbo – to accompany its hoppy, house-brewed beer.
  •     YorkSkosh   Specialising in small plates from around the world, this York restaurant invites diners to take a seat at the bar to watch chefs create dishes from Japan, the US, the Middle East and Spain. Try the buttermilk fried chicken thighs with aerated hollandaise.
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