About Us

Blackfriars Restaurant was opened in 2001 by Andy and Sam Hook who previously set up Sidney’s in Tynemouth. They also own Dobson & Parnell on Newcastle’s Quayside and Hinnies in Whitley Bay.

Blackfriars is set within a 13th-century former Dominican friary. Established in 1239 it remains the jewel of Newcastle’s medieval past and has a fascinating history. Over the years Blackfriars has expanded from the friar’s refectory dining room to almost all the remaining claustral out-buildings and today boasts a Banquet Hall, Parlour Bar, Cookery School and Tasting Room as well as a number of function/meeting rooms.

Andy Hook managing director Blackfriars Restaurant
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Blackfriars hosts an all-year programme of cookery classeswine/whisky/beer tastings, wine dinnershog roasts and history tours as well as weddings and private/corporate functions. The award-winning restaurant is listed in Hardens, the AA and Which Good Food Guides.

Blackfriars is blessed with (in our humble opinion) the best team of dedicated staff in the world and are here to take care of your every need! We are looking forward to seeing you soon

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