Welcome to Blackfriars Restaurant, a former Dominican friary that dates back to 1239. We serve traditional historic dishes made from fresh, local and seasonal produce. Service is relaxed, informal and friendly, yet professional with consistent attention to detail. We aim to provide access to people of all abilities as far as is practicable and possible. Blackfriars is a Grade I Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument which prevents structural work being carried out.
There is a 10 space, paid car park by the restaurant as well as metered roadside parking on Friars Street and Bath Lane. Friars Street is a cobbled road and care should be taken when walking on it. The car park is 25meters to the restaurant entrance and there is a 2cm curb from the cobbles to the pavement. It is possible to drop off and collect guests at the front door should anyone prefer not to walk from and to the car park. Taxis always drop off and collect from the front door.
There is access from street level through a set of double doors which open inwards with a clear width of 145cm. The wooden floor is wheelchair friendly and the chairs and tables can be easily arranged to accommodate wheelchairs or walking aids. This area is well lit inside & out.
UPPER DINING AREA
The upper dining area is accessed by two sets of 4 steps, 90cm wide and 16-18cm high.
There is background music playing throughout the restaurant which can be adjusted. We do not have a hearing loop system. Full table service is available throughout the bar and restaurant for drinks and food. Our menus can be printed in a larger font- please ask a member of staff. We offer vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options and have full allergen information available for all our menus. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please inform a member of staff on arrival, or prior to your visit.
The main restaurant toilets are accessed from the upper dining area. There are 14 steps 90cm wide and 16cm high. The toilet cubicle doors push inwards and are 70cm wide with a small step into them 16cm high. There are 3 male toilets and 3 female toilets.
The disabled access toilet is located next to the banquet hall which is 42 meters from the main restaurant entrance. However access to the disabled toilet is restricted as there are 5 steps which are 100cm wide and 17cm high (see photos here). The toilet door is 90cm wide. Inside are baby changing facilities. The toilet height is 48cm from the floor and has a backrest, grab rails and a fold-down support bar. An assistance-required pull cord system is in operation as well as a red flashing fire alarm light within the toilet.
The entrance to the Banquet Hall is through a set of double doors 140cm wide with a small step up 15cm high. The 5 steps to the Banquet hall toilets and disabled toilet are 100cm wide and 17cm high.
The main entrance to the Parlour bar is down 2 steps which are 150cm wide and 16cm high. The entrance is a set of double doors which open towards you and are 118cm wide with a sloping stone step into the room 9cm high. There is an alternative entrance to the bar which has 2 small steps 90cm wide and 9cm high. We have a portable access ramp which can be used for wheelchairs for this entrance and the banquet hall entrance.
We welcome all dogs in our Parlour Bar and only assistance dogs in the other areas of Blackfriars. There are no facilities to charge mobility battery-powered wheelchairs. All staff are fully trained in our emergency evacuation procedure and assisting guests with a disability. If you need assistance during an evacuation please ask a member of staff.
See full access statement with accompanying photos here.