The cobbled pedestrian area outside Old Blackfriars was used to hold public executions and it is the site where people rose up against the English garrison in Aberdeen’ castle and using the password ‘Bon Accord’ began the destruction of the castle.

Today Bon Accord is the City’s motto. Across the road, the Tollbooth has been the site of civic administration since 1398. old-blackfriars-interiorThe site of pub was owned by Dominican monks, known as Blackfriars, and the stained glass and pews were taken from a local chapel and provide a suitable atmosphere for this 350 year old building. That’s why the moment you enter this atmospheric pub, it’s like stepping back in time. With its two levels, low-beamed ceiling and ecclesiastical fittings, it makes you feel as if you’re sitting alongside several centuries of drinkers.

‘the moment you enter this atmospheric pub, it’s like stepping back in time’

The pub has an extensive menu of freshly prepared food, which is available all day and is loved by locals, families, shoppers, real ale drinkers, tourists and, allegedly a ghost or two! With its no television policy, Old Blackfriars knows exactly what makes a traditional pub tick. Look out for the Tuesday quiz and the Thursday Scottish music jam sessions as well as the changing line-up of real ales and the impressive malt.

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