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Blackfriars Priory launch Medieval themed Pop-up Cocktail Bar

Scriptorium at Blackfriars Priory

For one weekend only, Blackfriars Priory will transform the ancient Scriptorium into a medieval themed cocktail bar on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June.  

Guests will be transported back to the thirteenth century with moody lighting, faux antler chandeliers and an eclectic cocktail menu brought to you by The Cocktail Service.  

Themed around the fascinating history of the site, the Scriptorium is widely considered to be the oldest standing purpose-built library in Northern Europe and is of international historical importance.   

The building was used by Dominican Friars Monks as a place to study, with carefully positioned windows for maximum light and a cool ground level for storing food.
Rarely open to the public, Blackfriars invites you to step inside its very own time capsule and sample a stunning menu of experimental and traditional cocktails. For those who prefer a simpler tipple, mocktails and a standard bar menu will also be available.
The ticket price includes a cocktail. Guests can choose from:

  • Komorebi – Chase Gin, Homemade Rose Syrup, Lychee Juice, Lemon Juice. Garnished with an edible flower and orange twist served in a coupe glass.⁠
  • Fujian Unfashioned – Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Liquid Smoke infused Orange and Vanilla Lapsang Souchong Tea. Garnished with a dehydrated orange wheel and served to the table with a smoke cloche in a rocks glass. ⁠
  • Espresso Martini – Chase Vodka, Mr Blacks Coffee Liqueur, Sugar and Espresso. Garnished with 3 coffee beans in a coupe glass. ⁠
  • Saint Fiacre – Pink Gin, Elderflower Cordial, Grapefruit Juice, Cranberry Juice, Raspberries and Soda Water. Garnished with raspberries and a sprig of rosemary in a hi-ball glass.

All can be made non-alcoholic using non-alcoholic spirits and there will be two showstoppers available on the menu once you have stepped inside Scriptorium. ⁠

Hungry guests can get their foodie fix with Openside Pizza serving up fresh orders.  

Openside Pizza is a mobile pizza company run by Gloucester’s No1 restaurant on Tripadvisor, Hooker & Eight and Gloucester Rugby’s current captain Lewis Ludlow. Hand stretched stone baked pizza cooked on the flame to order!

The bar will be open in bookable two hour sessions. Tables are available in groups of 6, barrel tables with bar stools for 2 and two comfy lounge areas for 5. Pre-booking essential.

Tickets are £10.00 per person, which includes your first cocktail.  Over 18s only.  

Session Times

Friday 18th June
18:30 – 20:30
21:00 – 23:00

Saturday 19th June
13:30 – 15:30
16:00 – 18:00
18:30 – 20:30
21:00 – 23:00

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Good to Knows:

  • Guests will be required to check in as part of Track and Trace on arrival. This can either be done manually or by scanning our QR code in the NHS app.  
  • On arrival, guests will be seated by a member of the team and pre-ordered cocktails will be brought to the table.  
  • Masks should be worn when moving around the venue.
  • A QR code linked to a drink ordering app will be available on each table.   
  • If parties are for less people than the table size, for example four guests booking a table of six, six drinks will be available for pre-order. Please add a note or contact Blackfriars to let them know how many guests will be attending if less than the allocation of the table.
  • Multiple tables can be booked but due to the nature of the ticketing system, each table must be booked individually to ensure all pre-ordered drinks are bookable.

Last orders for each session will be taken 20 minutes before the end.

Explore Gloucestershire
7 June 2021

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