Blackfriars Restaurant

£500 - £500 for Venue Hire
Up to 50
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A beautiful 13th century friary in the heart of Newcastle with heaps of character and an award winning menu.
Blackfriars Restaurant Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
The venue hire fee goes towards meeting the minimum spend.

(price per head)

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Minimum Number of Guests
We offer a choice of a stunning 3 course, 4 course or 5 course menu as well as canapes, fizz and wines from all over the globe. Tailor your day to suit your needs creating the perfect wedding for you.
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Canapés included
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

(total price)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
At Blackfriars we operate on a minimum spend basis. The minimum spend is based on the day of the week and time of day you choose to book your wedding. All package or bespoke costs go towards meeting the minimum spend figure. For example; a Monday day time only wedding holds a minimum spend of £1500 and all package or bespoke costs go towards this figure. All costs can be found in our wedding flyer - upon request.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Blackfriars Restaurant Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Pet Friendly
Outdoor Reception Space

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
Blackfriars Restaurant Full Description
Blackfriars’ ornate medieval Banquet Hall was the celebrated venue used by King Edward III to receive royal Scot, Edward Balliol, in 1334 and boasts authentic and bespoke banners, chandeliers, wall coverings, stained-glass windows, reclaimed wooden screens, large oak dining tables and matching chairs, all created by local craftsmen. 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 a 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 a 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 your day and take care of all your wants and needs. 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 by 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 it is the perfect venue for your big day!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Laura
Congratulations on your engagement! This is a special time for both of you and choosing your venue is a huge part in the journey towards your wedding day. At Blackfriars, from the outset of your enquiry, right up to the collection of your belongings the day after your wedding – we are there to ensure your wedding is truly amazing in every way. I would love to hear more about you as a couple, what you are looking for in your wedding day and show what we can offer at Blackfriars.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Mr & Mrs Irving
Happy couple married in November
November 2023
Perfect experience
From arranging our first look at the venue until our wedding day Laura has been amazing, giving us indepth information and answering any questions we had. On our wedding day Dan and the team were incredible. All of our guests were very impressed with the venue, food, drinks and service from all of Blackfriars staff. We could not have asked for more for our wedding! Absolutely perfect. Our guests said they cannot wait to return to Blackfriars and my new husband and I will be reserving a table very soon. The canapés and wedding breakfast was exceptional and we could not fault the drinks and the selection on offer.
Kellie and Jerry
Happy couple married in November
November 2023
Spectacular medieval venue
The banqueting hall at Blackfriars is a fantastic venue if you’re after something really special for your wedding. We had a truly wonderful day. Coupled with the historic building and the simply amazing food on offer prepared by really talented chefs everything was exceptional. Great staff great food and a great location.
Julie & Anthony
Happy couple married in September
October 2023
Blackfriars- The dream venue with the dream team…
We got married in Blackfriars in Sept 23 and it was perfect in every way. The venue is outstanding, very atmospheric, beautiful and a little bit different to all the other venues we had seen. Being in the centre of Newcastle made logistics so easy for the many people who travelled, but yet it felt like we were in our own world for the day. But it isn’t just the most beautiful venue you get, you also get: Amazing Food- if you have ever eaten at the restaurant you will know that the wedding menu is going to be something very special. Guests are still talking about it today, the choices offered met all types of dietary requirements and all courses were delicious. This isn’t your normal ‘chicken breast and a bit of veg’ menu to accommodate large numbers, this was what you would expect to eat at the best restaurant in town. We opted for the 5 course menu, there is a lot of food so don’t eat too much before you sit down as you don’t want to miss out on culinary delights that are served to you from the best chefs around. Best wedding planners - most couples find planning their wedding stressful, it is after all expected to be the best day of your life so the pressure is on! But I can truthfully say that Laura Race made the process of planning so easy and definitely not stressful at all. My endless questions were answered immediately, she is outstanding at her job and one of the kindest people you could meet and she led us through the process confidently and patiently. When we found out she would be on holiday on our wedding day I have to be honest, I panicked a little, I couldn’t imagine that the day would be as good without her organisation. But along came Daniel and Dan, who were equally as brilliant and with the wider team, gave us a wedding day that even exceeded our expectations. Everything was managed perfectly so we could just enjoy the day from start to finish with no stress at all. We have so many of our guests telling us it’s the best wedding they’ve been to and it’s certainly the best wedding we have been to (we may be slightly biased though!?). But I can wholeheartedly recommend Blackfriars for your wedding, you will not be disappointed, you get so much for your money but most importantly, the memories you leave with are priceless.
Leanne and Nick
Happy couple married in September
October 2023
Our wedding day.
Blackfriars Restaurant was the perfect Venue for our small and intimate ceremony. The surroundings are beautiful, the staff were fantastic and the food was amazing, thank you to everyone at Blackfriars’s for helping to make our day special.
Kotryna & Julie
Happy couple married in August
August 2023
Magical wedding day
Blackfriars is an absolute hidden gem for weddings! We had the best day here for our wedding. Laura, Daniel and the entire team were absolutely amazing throughout the planning process, supporting us with everything we needed and accommodating every and all requests. During the day they looked after us amazingly well, nothing was too much to ask and we had the absolute best time. In general, the setting is fantastic, beautifully medieval and great for photos, the team is amazing, the food (oh the gorgeous food!) was a hit with our friends and families and finally everyone loved having a dance with live music in the evening. We couldn't recommend Blackfriars highly enough for a wedding day, they absolutely made ours magical :) Thank you so much!
Mark & Katie
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
An Amazing Day From Start To Finish
From booking up, to celebrating our wedding the team who worked at Blackfriars were fantastic. They helped to support us and take us through all of the options and choices in the build-up to the day to help tailor a day which was special to us and was very personal. The day itself was fantastically well run, we had nothing to stress about from arrival all the way through to the close of the day with everything taken care of. The private room for the Bridal party to get ready on site was a fantastic option which helped to take away some of the stress of the day. The food was amazing and we have had a lot of great feedback from the guests regarding how much they enjoyed the canapes, wedding breakfast and the surroundings. We couldnt recommend Blackfriars enough; Laura, Daniel and the team were amazing.

Wedding fair

25th February 2024
Here's a great opportunity to view our ornate and romantic medieval Banquet Hall, registered for civil ceremonies.
Blackfriars Restaurant Location & Contact Details


Friars Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4XN, England

Nearest Town

Newcastle upon Tyne

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Central Station

Nearest Airport

Newcastle International

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Blackfriars Restaurant Press & Awards

Press & Awards (4)

Living North Weddings 2018

Bridebook Awards (2)

Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Blackfriars Restaurant?

Each wedding is so unique and tailored, we love all of them! We love when wedding couples instantly create a vision of the banquet hall from first look and work with our recommended florist and the Blackfriars wedding team to make it a reality!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Relax and enjoy your special day!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

We're all such dog lovers at Blackfriars so when a couple bring their pets along

Describe Blackfriars Restaurant in 5 adjectives

Historic, Traditional, Unique, Picturesque, Stunning.

Where’s the best photo spot at Blackfriars Restaurant?

The photo opportunities are endless! Our picturesque backdrop in the gardens or beautiful unique banquet hall and just a 5 minute drive from the picture perfect Newcastle Quayside.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Blackfriars Restaurant?

Hairy Bikers, Noddy Holder, Al Murray, Tim Roth, Craig Revel Horwood, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Ron Johnson.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Northumberland sausage, wholegrain mustard mash

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Suckling Pygee stottie

What is Blackfriars Restaurant most unique feature?

Medieval Banquet Hall and all the history in the building/grounds

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The full team at Blackfriars is what makes the operation come together and work so well. Everyone loves what they do and put their all into everything. The beautiful setting would be our second most proud feature of Blackfriars!

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