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Blackfriars is truly unique and provides the perfect, picturesque backdrop for a beautiful wedding or civil partnership.

Blackfriars was established in 1239 as a Dominican friary and remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s medieval crown. Whilst its horseshoe of stone buildings surround a sheltered courtyard, its peaceful and tranquil location belies its hidden location right in the heart of the city. 

Housed within a Grade 1 Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Blackfriars Restaurant opened in 2001 and has been in the same ownership ever since. The restaurant has held an AA Rosette for almost two decades and is recommended by the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide. The restaurant has also won many awards including Taste of the North East and is now one of the most recognised and reputed restaurants in Newcastle.

The ground floor comprises the main restaurant, a stunning self-contained Banquet Hall and an ornate Parlour Bar for early arrivals and drinks receptions as well as our sheltered courtyard. On the first floor the Tasting Room is housed within one of the former guild meeting rooms, as is the state-of-the-art Cookery School and other meeting rooms. The former friary, courtyard and gardens provide the perfect picture-postcard setting for your photographs.

Blackfriars is approved by Newcastle City Council for marriages and civil partnerships so you can enjoy both your ceremony and reception in one place. We have dedicated wedding coordinators to help you plan your day and take care of all your wants and needs so you don’t have to worry. 
Blackfriars is able to accommodate most wedding formats. Just imagine the ceremony of your dreams in our ornate Banquet Hall or unique Tasting Room, followed a relaxed Champagne reception in the sheltered courtyard or historic Parlour Bar before heading back into the Banquet Hall for a delicious and memorable wedding breakfast and evening party. Blackfriars really does have it all and is the perfect venue for your big day!


Blackfriars has a number of spaces available for marriages and civil ceremonies.

Blackfriars medieval Banquet Hall which once played host to various visiting monarchs has now been brought back to life following years of meticulous research and restoration, boasting authentic and bespoke banners, distinctive antler chandeliers, stained glass windows and large oak dining tables and chairs designed and created by local craftsmen.

The Banquet Hall remains our most popular spaces in which to get married. Located on the ground floor, it has a capacity for 50 seated diners or 65 standing. There are a number of table arrangement options including two long tables of 25 or a top table for 6 plus two long tables of 20. The Banquet Hall has its own bar and satellite kitchen servery as well as its own set of toilets next door.

Housed within a former meeting room for one of the city’s guilds, the first floor Tasting Room is also registered for marriages and civil partnerships. It boasts a large fixed table with room for 20 attendees seated in two concentric circles of seats. It is a beautiful space that really has to be seen to be believed.

Blackfriars benefits from a sheltered courtyard available for receptions drinks throughout the day until 7pm for up to 50 guests. Please note although this is in theory a public space, visitors to the area have always respected private parties, even if they admire from afar.

It seems fitting that the room where the Dominicans used to welcome visitors to the friary is now Blackfriars ornate medieval public Parlour Bar available for reception drinks and gatherings for up to 50 guests.


Blackfriars is known for its hearty traditional British dishes using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. Refined and elegant, many of Blackfriars modern classic dishes also pay homage to its medieval and historic past.
Our popular five course wedding breakfast has been devised by our head chef and showcases the very best cuisine the North East has to offer. We offer a choice of some of the chefs’ best signature dishes together with some vegetarian alternatives and options for children. And because everything is made from scratch, we are able to cater for most dietary requirements and allergies.
We always suggest you choose one dish for each course to ensure a much smoother and easier service. A choice of dishes at each course can also be offered but will require a full pre-order and table plan in advance.
For those wanting something different, we can also offer medieval banquets, feasts and themed meals. For the evening there’s a choice of buffets and bowl food.
Blackfriars boasts an extensive wine list of award-winning wines from all corners of the globe. We also stock a wide selection of local beers and premium spirits as well as a range of soft drinks. Our mixologists are even able to create a bespoke cocktail or mocktail for your big day.


Blackfriars has a dedicated team of experienced wedding coordinators and event managers at your disposal and ready to take care of your every need and want to make sure your big day runs smoothly. Our team of specialists will help you carefully plan your big day ensuring every detail is covered including liaising with your registrars and the organisation of your flowers, musicians, table decorations, white linens, table plans, name cards and taxis. And of course, all of these can all be sourced and delivered in advance through your own wedding planner if preferred.
We will work with you to agree a package that suits your needs and budget and can provide a running total of your costs throughout the planning process. There are generally no hire charges at Blackfriars though minimum spends based on the day of the week you choose to book will apply - please ask for details.
We have a comprehensive wine list but should you wish to bring your own, corkage fees will apply. If a wedding cake is being used as a dessert there will be an additional charge. A 10% service charge is added to all food and wine bills; all tips go to the staff.

To arrange a viewing of the Banquet Hall or for further information, contact our Reservations Team on 0191 261 5945 or email here.
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We are delighted to be winners of a Silver Bridebook Wedding Awards 2019 Badge of Excellence!