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A superbly “atmospheric” 13th-century medieval friary houses Andy Hook’s well-known local venue, which has a “low-key pub style” that draws “a proper local crowd”. Most reviewers feel its “locally sourced food” (“traditional but interesting”) really “goes the extra mile” (even if it arguably “stands in poor comparison with Dobson & Parnell” his new venue). In Spring 2017, there was a major makeover here, with expansion into the old parlour and library rooms, gaining extra seating, an open kitchen and cookery workshop.
The “aggressively local” (in a good way!) cuisine is “well-prepared” and the “ambience in particular can’t be faulted” at this romantic venue in a “lovely” 13th-century building with a cloister. As of late 2016, owner Andy Hook plans to expand this 15-year-old venture into the neighbouring space. (In fact, he also, apparently, has his eyes on the 21 Queen Street site, most recently trading as Pan Haggertys, RIP.)
“A tranquil setting in the heart of the city” (a cloistered, atmospheric ancient building dating from 1239) is the special feature of this “romantic” venue – “a champion of local produce and local ales”.
With its “lovely cloistered setting”, this city-centre restaurant can genuinely claim to have an “historic” (1239) location, and a “romantic” one too; the menu, which makes good use of “local produce”, is also hailed as “very special”… especially given the relatively “ordinary” prices!
Blackfriars Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Honest NE cookery. Always lively. Good ingredients"
Friars St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XN
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 10 pm