£500 - £500 for Venue Hire
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Spring 2023
A beautiful 13th century friary in the heart of Newcastle with heaps of character and an award winning menu.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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The venue hire fee goes towards meeting the minimum spend.

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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 £1000 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
Features & Capacity


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


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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
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
Steve and Janey
Happy couple married in October
November 2022
Fanatic food, beautiful venue and lovely staff
We had a fantastic day for our wedding at Blackfriars. All our guests were impressed both with the tremendous food and the gorgeous location. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful and catered for ask our or guests sometimes complicated dietary requirements. Even when there was a slight hiccup the staff sorted it out quickly and with a minimum of fuss. Would thoroughly recommend if you're looking for a venue for a wedding in glorious historic style
Kathryn and Stewart
Happy couple married in September
October 2022
Perfect Day
Blackfriars is not only a gorgeous venue for a wedding but the food is amazing and the staff could not have been more helpful throughout the whole process. Our day ran so smoothly and felt so cosy, romantic and personal, we could not have asked for more.
Sam Spencer
Happy couple married in August
August 2022
Our Blackfriars Wedding
Where do I start. Firstly to any perspective brides and grooms out there about making a decision about where to hold your wedding, I know how excited and scared you may be. I definitely felt that. However from the moment we made the decision to have our wedding at Blackfriars a massive amount weight was taken off our shoulders. No more googling wedding venues or confusion. Laura Race our wedding planner was out standing from start to finish. The team there have second to none customer service values. Nothing was a bother. Blackfriars was accommodating and walked us through everything. They made sure all boxes were ticked and that we had everything we needed. No question or niggle was ever to big and we wanted for nothing. The food was amazing, the atmosphere in the oldest medieval building in Newcastle was welcoming and the day with out a shadow of a doubt ran more smoothly than either of us could have ever planned for. All our guests at different points of the day were so complimentary about staff, food and atmosphere not to mention the grounds on which it stands. This just made for a better day for which we could have never hoped for. I could gush forever about them but all I will say is book them for your day if you can. We would book it again tomorrow and do the whole thing again with them. Sam and Shaun (very happy newly weds).
Dannii & Daz
Happy couple married in July
August 2022
We booked our wedding in 2020 for 30th July 2022, and have been overwhelmed with the level of support and organisation from Blackfriars. We knew the venue was beautiful and the food was great, but this was surpassed on the day. Nothing was too much trouble - not even my endless questions - and we had a medical emergency on the day which the staff handled wonderfully. Our guests are still complimenting the food and the service, and Laura especially was great with handling dietary requirements, subtly ensuring a pregnant guest was able to hide that she wasn’t drinking alcohol, and measuring doorways and tables to make sure a wheelchair using guest was able to be welcomed into Blackfriars comfortably. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue or better support and I’d fully recommend Blackfriars to any other wedding party.
Rose & Nick
Happy couple married in December
January 2020
Perfect location for a small wedding
Blackfriars were amazing from start to finish with the wedding planning. They always got back to us really quickly with any small question we had and were accommodating with all our requests. The food was incredible and there was plenty of it! The location is bang in the middle of Newcastle too which makes it easy for guests to get nearby accommodation. Thanks for all you help!
Laura & Gemma
Happy couple married in November
November 2019
Thank you so much
Dear Laura, Ellie & all the team, Thank you so much for making our wedding last month such a beautiful and memorable occasion. From our first meeting through to us collecting everything the day after the wedding you were so lovely, you made us feel so welcome and filled us with confidence that we knew we wouldn't need to worry on the day! Our friends and family had an amazing time and so many commented on what a lovely team your were. The food was fabulous and service so warm and friendly it just made our day perfect. Thank you! We're already making plans for our anniversary dinner with you!! With love, Laura & Gemma xxxx
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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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

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 your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, Traditional, Unique, Picturesque, Stunning.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

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.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Northumberland sausage, wholegrain mustard mash

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Suckling Pygee stottie

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Medieval Banquet Hall

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!