Blackfriars Restaurant and Banqueting Hall is an interesting and unique wedding venue in Newcastle upon Tyne. It's a relatively new wedding venue, so I have only conducted a handful of weddings and civil partnerships there.
Blackfriars was opened in 2001 but the building was established as far back as 1239 as a Dominican friary (a roman catholic convent or monastery). When you consider that the Castle Keep, the New Castle, was only established in 1168, you can imagine how closely this building is associated with the city's history.
Today, Blackfriars is one of the city's most recognised restaurants and won a Taste of England award in the North East England Tourism Awards 2013. It is recommended by both the Michelin and Which Good Food guide.
Blackfriars claims an overall capacity of 143 people, with the main dining room holding 72 people and the Banqueting Hall 50. It is therefore more suited to smaller, intimate weddings.
As you can see from the photographs the interior of Blackfriars is all thick sandstone walls, stained glass windows and sturdy wooden furniture. There is a grassed courtyard and cloister area outside where your guests can congregate and you can have photographs taken on the day, providing it's not raining of course! The whole place reeks of history and character and that will inform every part of your wedding day.
Blackfriars is an interesting venue for photography. On the one hand it offers a unique backdrop for your wedding day pictures. The buildings ooze character and there are many period details. There is also the courtyard area suitable for group and couple photographs, so despite being in the heart of the city, you don't necessarily have to travel to get your pictures.
On the other hand, the venue does set some interesting technical challenges for your photographer, though. The ceremony room in particular is relatively small, with low ceilings and is usually dimly lit. That makes it a wonderfully moody backdrop for your ceremony but a nightmare to photograph! Your photographer will probably have to use on camera flash or off camera lights if you want photographs of the ceremony.
Blackfriars is a truly unique wedding venue location in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. The old friary oozes character and history, and together with the award winning food and wine, it makes for a top venue. The venue is small, though, so it is only suitable for smaller weddings. If the weather is poor you will be confined indoors so it will feel even smaller.
- Unique look and feel, full of history and character
- Award winning food and wine
- Convenient City Centre location
- Smaller venue, only suitable for more intimate weddings
- Ceremony room very dark for photographs
Write: Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Friars Street, Newcastle, NE1 4XN
telephone: 0191 261 5945
Photographs supplied by Blackfriars.