Tasting Room

Our unique Tasting Room is located above the restaurant in the original Tanners Guild meeting area, featuring their original antique 19th century seating,  and caters for a range of corporate and private events including wine, beer and whisky tasting and is a unique meeting space for up to 30 people.  As well as running events which can be found on our events page, we also offer bespoke events.  Below are some ideas.

Wine & Cheese Matching:
Cheese and wine nights may have started as a fad of the seventies but they’re just as popular now as they’ve ever been. Why? Because cheese and wine go together so well! it seems they were just made for each other - and so many perfect parings. Join us for an evening of top drawer cheeses and fabulous wines all perfectly paired. Progress through from lighter to the more robust whilst discussing their merits and searching for those matches made in heaven. Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by 5 wine and cheese pairings. Oh, and not a pineapple stick or vol-au-vent in sight! £32.50pp. 8-30 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes. Duration 1½-2hrs.

Whey Ale Man - A tasting of local beers:
Interested in local beers and ales and fancy quaffing a few new and unusual ones? We have such a wealth of brewing talent right here on our doorstep so why not try something new? Enjoy a tasting of some of the region's best beers with some snacks to help soak-up the alcohol and see how the beers behave in their own habitat! Going to see a man about a dog just got a whole lot more interesting! 
£29pp including 8 samples plus snacks, just to see how the beers behave in their natural habitat! 8-30 guests welcome & can be tailored to suit. Duration 1½-2hrs.
Come Wine with Me– A beginner’s guide to wine tasting:
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. £29pp inc a glass of fizz on arrival, 6 samples & snacks! Duration 1½-2 hrs. 8-30 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes.
Exploring the Restaurant Wine List:
Do you often stick with the same old wine in a restaurant worried you many 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. £29pp including a glass of fizz on arrival, 6 samples and snacks! Duration 1½-2hrs. 8-30 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes. 
The Water of Life – An introduction to Whisky:
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! £29pp inc beer on arrival plus 6 samples of the golden nectar! Duration 1½-2 hrs. 8-28 guests. 
Gin O’Clock:
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 why not join us for a gin masterclass and learn a little bit more about your favourite tipple! £29pp including a palate-cleansing fizz on arrival and 4 totally different gins - some neat and some with a choice of tonic plus some snacks. Duration 1 ½ - 2 hours.

Private dining in the Tasting room:

Our unique round tasting room table seats up to 18 guests. This is a perfect space for a more intimate private dining experience. The private dining menu is £30.00pp. 10-18 people welcome. 

If you are interested in holding an event in the Tasting Room contact us on info@blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk or call 0191 261 5945