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We are proud to announce a series of food and drink experiences in Newcastle, run in conjunction with the popular Blackfriars Dominican Friary. With its stunning medieval banquet hall, private tasting room and relaxed parlour bar, Blackfriars is the perfect location for a variety of special events.

These include regular food tours and experiences, along with one-off tasting sessions for the latest gins and craft beers. As such, if you’re a foodie or drinks connoisseur looking for an authentic taste of the North, ensure you book a trip to Newcastle.

Food and Drink experiences in Newcastle

Here are just some of the food and drink experiences in Newcastle currently taking place at the Blackfriars Dominican Friary. All of which are available to book online with

Tour of Medieval Blackfriars with Lunch

We start with a fascinating food and drink tour of Blackfriars itself. Designed to give you an insight into the history of the popular Newcastle-Upon-Tyne restaurant.

Dating back to the year 1239, the former medieval refectory is believed to be the oldest dining room in Great Britain. As part of the guided tour, you will be able to explore the impressive building, which despite a recent refurbishment has maintained many of its original features.

Following the tour will be a traditional British 3-course lunch, complete with a glass of house wine or beer. All from just £27.50 per person.

Beer Tasting in Newcastle

The Parlour Bar is open all year round, however, we strongly recommend booking a beer tasting session in advance. This way, you can sample the local ale as well as a selection of those guest beers from around the world.

As well as beer and nibbles, guests can expect an introductory talk as well as a potential discount on their evening meal. Making the £29 price point a bargain. We’re currently taking bookings for “Whey Ale Man Beer Tasting” and “New World Hops and Cans”.

Gin Tasting in Newcastle 

In recent years there has been a resurgence in the gin market, with bespoke distilleries becoming increasingly popular.

As a result, Blackfriars is hosting 2 separate “Gin O’Clock” sessions. Again, much like the beer tasting, one of which will focus on local/premium gins. Meanwhile the other takes a look at gins from around the world.

3 Course Lunch at Blackfriars Restaurant

Alternatively, you may just wish to be left to your own devices. Tasting the delicious and authentic local food of Newcastle in private. A such, you can book a table in advance from just £25 per head, ready to delve into a 3-course lunch in this historic restaurant.

The deal is available most days throughout the year (excluding Sundays), albeit subject to availability. Please double-check our online booking calendar, ready to experience one of the best places to eat in Newcastle first hand.

Food and Drink Experiences in Newcastle

You can book food and drink experiences in Newcastle at the Blackfriars Dominican Friary in advance with Including beer tasting and specially organised gin events. As well as a fantastic introduction to Northern cuisine at one of Newcastle’s most popular restaurants.

Local Food to Try in Newcastle

Newcastle has many amazing restaurants, eateries, and food markets all with a food scene that is completely unique to Newcastle and the North East. Geordie cuisine is all about tasty, wholesome comfort food. Read this article Local Food to Try in Newcastle to find out more about the local food

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