Salford’s historic Black Friar pub to reopen in July

The local favourite is set to reopen its doors after 15 years this July, with a new interior, a new team and a new menu
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A local favourite for well over a century, Salford’s historic Black Friar Pub is set to reopen its doors after 15 years with a bang this July, with a new interior, a new team and a new menu.

Both traditional pub and modern restaurant, customers can enjoy a pint and a quick bite in the pub with no pre-booking required, or opt for more of a gastronomic experience in the modern glass restaurant surrounded by greenery, created as part of the restoration, featuring an open kitchen and 70 covers. 

On the second floor there is additional room for a further 40 covers, with the third floor offering a private dining room, which will be open later in the year and can be used for special events, celebrations and corporate get togethers.

When the sun shines, customers can head out to the courtyard, which enjoys the sun all day, for just a drink or a bite to eat. 

Head Chef Ben Chaplin, who was previously at 20 Stories, has created two menus for customers to choose from, with the pub and courtyard offering a more relaxed, informal small plates to share and classic pub dishes, while the restaurant has a more elevated menu, with a twist on British classics and a focus on locally sourced food.

There is also a breakfast menu available at weekends from 9am-11.30am.

Hero dishes on the menu include a daily pie, Boddingtons battered fish and chips, and a local cheeseboard, paying homage to the pub’s local roots.

“The Black Friar has a lot of historical significance in Salford, everyone who used to frequent it has a story to tell!” says managing director Neil Burke.

“We want it to have that impact again, becoming everyone’s local but also a real destination, where you’re guaranteed really good food, a welcoming atmosphere and a place where you feel just at home nipping in for a pint as you do sitting down for a fantastic three course dinner.”  

The team are currently on the hunt for superstars to join them. Recruitment is starting now, with part-time, full-time, front and back of house positions available. If you wish to be part of this new venture, email recruitment@blackfriarsmcr.co.uk.

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