The UK’s oldest restaurant, Blackfriars in Newcastle, has reopened following an extensive £100k refurbishment using reclaimed parts of the city’s High Level Bridge.
Originally built as a refectory in a Dominican Monks monastery in the 13th century, Blackfriars has used oak cast-offs from the recently refurbished bridge to reinstate the restaurant’s medieval oak floor, bar and exposed beams.
Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars Restaurant said: “Spending £100k in a recession was seen by many as reckless but for us it was necessary and our duty as custodians of this magnificent ancient monument. It was important we return Blackfriars to how it would have looked in medieval times through a detailed and sensitive refurbishment using local craftsmen and artists.”
Blackfriars has also revamped its menu to reflect its traditional roots, with dishes such as Roast Lancashire Suckling Pigge plus trimmings; Northumbrian Lamb Loin with Butternut Squash, Carrot Mash, Crushed Peas and Mint Jus; and Fillet of Scottish Salmon with Wilted Hedgerow Nettles, Lemon Butter Sauce and Fennel Crisps.