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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern brasserie cooking in the old Dominican refectory

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

People have eaten well on this historic site since the 13th century, when it was the refectory for monks at the Dominican friary in the heart of medieval Newcastle. The kitchen deals in gutsy modern and classic brasserie dishes made from local ingredients. Buttered lobster and crab with home-made pasta, tomato and oyster leaf kicks things off, followed by seared venison with butternut squash purée, red cabbage and chocolate sauce. North Sea fish gets a good outing, in the shape, perhaps, of pan-fried cod with chorizo and white bean stew and tomato and dill dressing, while crowd-pleasing desserts include sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream and salted butter caramel.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Good Friday and Bank holidays
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Christopher Wardale

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern, Traditional British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 25
  • Wines over £30: 21
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • Off-site parking available: Car park next to restaurant

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

Getting here

Take only small cobbled road off Stowell St (China Town). Blackfriars 100 yards on left

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Newcastle Central Station
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