Private Events

Blackfriars offers an exciting range of events for private and corporate groups from 8 to larger parties of up to 50 people. Below are some ideas of what we offer:

Cocktails & Canapes: Cookery school
Have some fun with a bespoke cocktail masterclass from one of our dedicated mixologists. Learn how to make three amazing cocktails from the experts and then get to drink them afterwards. You’ll enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival together with a few canapés to soak it all up. £34.50 for a cocktail masterclass, three beautiful cocktails to drink and canapes. Duration 2 hours. 8-12 guests welcome. 

Pizza and Prosecco Nights: Cookery School
Relax and have fun at your own convivial pizza-making social! Our master baker will show you just how easy it is to make blisteringly good home-made sourdough flatbreads and pizzas full of tasty artisan toppings, both super savoury and decadently sweet. £65 for a glass or two of Prosecco, pizza masterclass and about as much as you can eat. 8-16 people. Duration 3hrs.

Bao & Beer: Cookery School
Relax and have fun at our convivial evening of Chinese Bao making. Our cookery school teacher will show you just how easy it is to make home-made soft pillows of steamed buns with succulent savoury fillings and luscious sweet treats. Accompanied with a couple of Asian beers to wash it down and enough to take home to show off to family, friends and work colleagues. £65 for three bottles of Asian beer, bao masterclass and about as much as you can eat. 8-16 guests welcome. Duration 3hrs.
Tacos & Tequila: Cookery School
Relax and have fun at our convivial evening of Taco making. Our cookery school teacher will show you just how easy it is to make home-made soft corn and flour tortillas filled with succulent savoury fillings. Learn how to make both fish and meat tacos with all the toppings and have enough tacos to take home to show off to family, friends and work colleagues. You will also learn about mezcal and how it’s made being able to taste and savour three different types of tequila and mezcal. £65 for three shots of different tequilas and mezcal, taco masterclass and about as much as you can eat. 8-16 guests welcome. Duration 3hrs.

Gin O'Clock - a tasting of gins: Tasting Room
Gin and tonic has become the aperitif of choice in recent years. Hundreds of new distilleries are opening every year with us Brits are now drinking over 30 million litres of the stuff every year. And it seems we just can’t get enough of this delightful juniper-flavoured spirit. So join us for a gin masterclass and learn a little bit more about your favourite tipple! Prices start from £32.50 including a palate-cleansing fizz on arrival and 4 totally different gins - some neat and some with a choice of tonic plus some snacks. 8-28 people. Duration 2 hours. 
Ready Steady Cook: Cookery School
One of our most popular courses, this challenges teams to present two courses of the best food they can create (starter & main, or main & dessert) using a box of mystery ingredients - one for each team plus various store cupboard essentials. The best team wins!. It costs £65 per person which includes coffee, tea or fizz on arrival, all food produce for your challenge, a senior chef to facilitate and judge your end results plus a bottle of fizz for the winning team! The cost includes enough food produce (assuming you haven’t used it all up on your challenge) for you to use your experience to prepare a simple two-course meal for everyone afterwards. Alternatively, we’re very happy to book lunch or dinner in the main restaurant for you afterwards and which will need to be settled separately. 8-16 people. Duration 2-3 hours.

Chef's Table: Cookery School
Sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of fabulous food cooked right in front of you by your very own personal chef.
Six courses of the finest, local and seasonal offerings we can find and may include canapés, amuse bouche, starter, fish course, palette cleanser, meat course, pre-dessert, dessert, cheese and coffee. With an extensive wine list, selection of local beers and distilled beverages, our master sommelier carefully selects a perfect paring for each sumptuous dish. £110 per person which includes six course meal and six perfectly paired tipples. 8-12 people. Duration 3-4 hours. This is perfect for a gift, serious foodies and those who like a bit of wine & dining theatre! 

Wine & Cheese Matching:  Tasting Room
Wine & cheese go together like fish & chips! Join us for an evening of top-drawer cheeses with fabulous wines, all perfectly paired. Prices start from £34.50pp including a glass of fizz on arrival followed by 5 wine and cheese matches. 8-25 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes. Duration 2 hours. 

Whey Ale Man - A tasting of local beers:  Tasting Room
Interested in local beers and ales and not be aware of the wealth of brewing talent we have right here on our doorstep? Enjoy a tasting of some of the region's best beers and learn a few secrets of the trade. Prices from £32.50pp including 6 samples of beer. 8-28 people.  Duration 2 hours.
Come Wine with Me: A beginners' guide to wine tasting: Tasting Room
Join us for an evening of wine discovery with a selection of top-notch wine handpicked by our own sommelier. Learn how to decipher confusing labels as well as the wine’s appearance, a few secrets of the nose (aroma) and its all-important taste. Prices from £32.50pp inc a glass of fizz on arrival, 6 sample wines plus snacks. 8-28 people. Duration 2 hours.
Exploring the restaurant wine list: Tasting Room
Do you often stick with the same old wine in a restaurant worried you may not enjoy an interesting looking yet unfamiliar wine? Join us for an evening of tutored experimentation as we visit all corners of the wine list and sample your new best discoveries along the way. Prices from £32.50pp inc a glass of fizz on arrival, 6 sample wines plus snacks. 8-28 people. Duration 2 hours.
The Water of Life – An introduction to Whisky:  Tasting Room
The ‘Water of Life’ was the name given to whisky by monks in the middle ages but this introduction to Scotland’s famous export is bang up-to-date. Enjoy a selection of whiskies from both Robert the Bruce’s homeland as well as a few curveballs from far-flung distilleries around the world. Learn how to decipher a label to give you a better understanding of what’s inside the bottle, the basics of how whisky is made, Scotland’s main regions, its fascinating history and of course why your wee dram tastes the way it does! Prices from £32.50pp including a small beer on arrival and 6 samples of the golden nectar plus some snacks. 8-28 people. Duration 2 hours.  
Medieval Banquets:  Banquet Hall
Enjoy your own medieval banquet in our spectacular Banquet Hall used by kings and nobles from years gone by. We offer costumed staff and the choice of a themed 3-course meal for £40 and a five-course banquet from £75pp. 12-50 guests required. View our sample menus
Private dining: Cookery School/Banquet Hall/Tasting Room
As well as our 50-seater Medieval Banquet Hall (min 12 guests) which offers medieval banquets for corporate and private functions, we also have our ornate Cookery School dining table which seats 14 and tasting room which accommodates up to 18 guests. They are perfect for more intimate private dining. Our private dining menus start from £35.00pp. Minimum spends may apply. 

To find out how we can help you to create a memorable event email us or phone 0191 261 5945.