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Old Blackfriars

52 Castle Street
AB11 5BB

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Opening Times


Monday10.00 am - Midnight
Tuesday10.00 am - Midnight
Wednesday10.00 am - Midnight
Thursday10.00 am - 1.00 am
Friday10.00 am - 1.00 am
Saturday10.00 am - 1.00 am
Sunday10.00 am - Midnight

Meal Times

11 - 10 Mon - Fri
10 - 10 Sat & Sun


Belhaven (Greene King)

About the Pub

On the cobbled Castlegate, in the historic centre of the city, this historic pub is situated in a pedestrian area which used to hold public executions. Opposite the Tollbooth, Old Blackfriars is an atmospheric pub having old pews and stained glass and was refurbished in Autumn 2012.

From the split-level upper area food and ales may be ordered from the lower section bar. Three rotating guest beers, often include Cairngorm Trade Winds and Inveralmond Ossian supplement the Belhaven/Greene King range and a house ale at 3.9% (believed to be Hardy & Hansons Bitter). Serves third pints as well as usual half and full pints.

The pub has a reputation for good pub food with an extensive menu served all day until 9pm. Quiz night is Tuesday, with acoustic music on Thursdays and Saturdays. Unobtrusive background music plays throughout.

Opened after latest refurbishment on 17th May 2018. The 5 handpumps are now in the centre of the bar as opposed to split up. New seating has been installed (see photos) and the door on Marischal Street can also be used as entrance/exit.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Hardys & Hansons Old Blackfriars (House Beer)

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Greene King --varies--
  • Inveralmond Ossian
  • Orkney --varies--

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% per pint on production of a CAMRA card.

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Upper level only, disabled toilet.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Tables on Castlegate pedenstrianised square, weather permitting.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Folk music Th & Fr.

  • WiFi Wifi


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Old Blackfriars

52 Castle Street
AB11 5BB

Sat Nav Reference

57.147829, -2.093338


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

(Many on Union Street)

Nearby Station (550m)


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Old Blackfriars - Aberdeen

Old Blackfriars

52 Castle Street
AB11 5BB

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Pub
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

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