The Black Friar's cosy 'festive tavern' is back

It's gone all The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

By Manchester's Finest | 9 November 2023

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Nothing quite says ‘Christmas is coming’ like The Black Friar’s annual transformation from a homely boozer into a winter wonderland.

The historic Salford boozer has gone full The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, turning its huge garden into a fairy story for the festive season.

It’s got brand new handmade wooden cabins to shelter in, along with open fires, rugs, furs, twinkling candles, warm boozes and medieval vibes (but everyone’s got slightly better teeth).

The Black Friar

The heated huts fit four to eight people, with slots of an hour and a half of ‘in-cabin’ service, and they’re free to book from 11 November, from 12pm each day.

It marks the kick-off of this historic pub’s festive celebrations, with new feasting menus and cocktails to toast the season’s greetings.

On the menu, there’s Cheshire turkey ballotine with pancetta stuffing, and festive sides like heady truffle fries and bowls brimming with pork chipolatas.

There are festive cocktails on offer too, like the ‘Hedgerow’ – spiced rum, mulled wine, hazelnut and lemon, and the ‘Salford Dock’ – Salford rum with vanilla liqueur, caramel syrup and a livening double espresso.

Black Friar owner Neil Burke said: “We are thrilled to unveil our Christmas Menus and  Winter Tavern for the festive period. 

“After months of meticulous planning, we are overjoyed with the result and eagerly anticipate the joyous celebrations we will host over this year’s Christmas season.”

As well as the cabins and the feasting menus, there will also be appearances from a certain rotund gentleman synonymous with the Christmas season, with dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

To book the cabins and for bigger groups indoors too, click here…