Looking for a wedding reception venue in Newcastle with plenty of character? Look to the newly restored banquet hall in medieval-themed Blackfriars Restaurant, which dates back to 1239.

The room features stone walls, stained-glass windows and rustic-chic chandeliers, while long oak tables create a sociable supper setting.

Blackfriars Restaurant can cater for an intimate celebration for 12 people up to parties for 50. Kick off with a champagne reception in the courtyard, followed by a feast in the banquet hall and dancing in the main restaurant. The banquet hall is due to be granted a marriage licence by the end of the year, so you'll be able to exchange vows then celebrate your union in one place. Prices depend on the number of guests, but you can expect to pay £32 per person for the wedding breakfast; for a party with 40-50 guests you won't pay room hire. For more information call 0191 261 5945; or visit www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk.