Blackfriars voted one of the best restaurants in the North East

Tue 3rd Oct

Blackfriars has been crowned one of the top restaurants in the region after achieving a prime position in The Good Food Guide 2018.

The guide, which is published by Waitrose, is compiled by feedback from readers throughout the country, together with anonymous inspections by a group of experts and Blackfriars has been voted one of the top seven restaurants in the NE1 postcode.

Earlier this year, the team at Blackfriars completed a major restoration of several of buildings within the medieval complex and opened up a new Parlour Bar, Tasting Room and Cookery Workshop refurbished the main restaurant.

Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide editor, said: “First-time visitors to Blackfriars get a genuinely pleasant shock when they turn off the main drag in central Newcastle and stumble upon a medieval quarter complete with 13th-century Dominican friary.
“Once the refectory for the 'Black Friars', the restaurant’s authenticity is evident from the thick stone walls, wood panels and kitchen viewed through the old fireplace.
“The food is far less archaic, with locally sourced ingredients to the fore in modern dishes such as broad bean and wild garlic risotto or herb-crusted black cod with heritage potatoes, beetroot and hollandaise.”
In recently years, Blackfriars Restaurant has received the Taste of England accolade at the North East Tourism Awards and was also voted Best North East Restaurant in the Licensed Trade Awards.

Andy Hook, managing director of Blackfriars, said: “We are delighted to be listed in The Good Food Guide 2018 as one of the best restaurants in the city. It is a great reflection of the work of our dedicated, talented team. This guide is an amazing resource for any foodie, and we are very proud to be featured in the company of such brilliant restaurants right across the UK.”

It's been a busy time as the team at Blackfriars also opened Hinnies Restaurant in Whitley Bay and Dobson and Parnell on Newcastle’s Quayside in 2016 in addition to completing the refurbishement of Blackfriars.
The other six restaurants in the NE1 postcode who feature in The Good Food Guide are 21, Caffe Vivo, Cook House, House of Tides, The Broad Chare and Tyneside Bar Café.