The Blackbird Inn

PontelandBritish, European££££
Excellent
5.3/6
281 Reviews
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About The Blackbird Inn

Historically, Ponteland and nearby Darras Hall has long been a centre for Christian worship in Northumberland; more recently it is associated with the residences of Newcastle and Tyne-and-Wear footballers and businessmen. For all and sundry, Ponteland town centre is a place of pilgrimage if you’re looking for a solid British pub, with the principal holy site being The Blackbird Inn up on North Road. Occupying the former site of Ponteland Castle, destroyed in 1388, this handsome stone tavern still houses remnants of an ancient tower and a roaring Tudor fireplace alongside – more to the point – real ales, a giddy selection of gins, and gastropub-quality European and British cuisine. And your canine companions are welconme too in the bar area – if the bar is unavailable contact the Inn directly and they’ll do their best to accommodate your beloved pup.

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Opening Times

Closed now
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Address

The Blackbird Inn
North Road, Ponteland
Ponteland NE20 9UH

Menu Highlights

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Starters

Salad of Carrots, toasted hazelnuts, crumbled Goats Cheese, brown butter powder (V)

£5.95

Our Ham Hock Terrine, Pease Pudding, Pickled Vegetables & Croutons

£5.95

Tempura King Prawns with a Sweet Chili Dip

£8.95
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More about The Blackbird Inn, Ponteland

Please note, The Blackbird Inn’s upstairs Minstrel Gallery is generally open on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtime, and is often reserved for private functions. If you’d like to dine in this exclusive area outside of these times, please contact the restaurant to check availability. You’re unlikely to find a better-looking country pub in Northumberland. The Blackbird Inn occupies baronial premises in the heart of Ponteland, a parish centre just fifteen to twenty minutes drive from Newcastle city centre that’s packed with history. The downstairs bar is laden with real ales, wines ranging from good to better and best, and one of the UK’s best selections of that most British of spirits, gin. Select a small craft gin culled from boutique domestic and global distilleries, a tonic and garnish for the ultimate custom G&T, or let the bartenders work their magic. True to their North East England locality, why not try a Geordie G&T – Jack Cains gin with Fentimans tonic water? There are usually 54 gins for your tippling pleasure.

As for food, let it be said that The Blackbird Inn’s North Road location is as much a restaurant as it is a bar or pub, with a seasonal menu that pushes the envelope when it comes to traditional pub classics, injecting five-star flair into proceedings whether you book for lunch or dinner. Fennel, quinoa, pomegranate and heritage potato salad makes a classic contemporary (and vegetarian-friendly), while the house Blackbird Inn burger and premium steaks will satiate big, carnivorous appetites. The roast hake or sea bream both have an Asian twist, the pan-fried duck breast looks to European cuisine, and the pork belly matched with crispy black pudding makes for a Newcastle and Northumberland favourite. Whether for casual dining, the famous Sunday lunch, or to book out the magisterial upstairs Minstrel Room for a private event, bookings are absolutely essential.

281 The Blackbird Inn Reviews

Excellent
5.3/6
281 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Atmosphere:Excellent
Service:Excellent
Waiting time:Very good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Food:Outstanding
New"Excellent"
6/6
Angela M.4 days ago · 2 reviews

We were made to feel very welcome - video with our silly hats on, courtesy of the Blackbird, made a lot of our friends and family smile! Food and wine were delicious...a great start to our Christmas celebrations!

New"Excellent"
6/6
Neil M.6 days ago · 1 review

Excellent food, beautiful presentation... highly recommended. We had a table in the Tunnel room which was great, the bar can get very busy on Fri Sat. Staff were attentive and helpful.

New"Excellent"
6/6
Sandra A.6 days ago · 1 review

Great food and service, all the service team were very friendly and the food was cooked and presented to perfection. Will return and also recommend to friends and family