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The Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
+44 1286 673604
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Ranked #8 of 99 restaurants in Caernarfon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: International, Pub, Welsh
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Black Boy Inn is a listed building which is situated in the historic town walls of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon. The Inn is within easy walking distance to the town centre, and the famous 13th-century Castle. An old Inn dating back to 1522 and with its wooden paneling, low ceilings, and thick wooden support beams generates a cosy 'Olde Worlde' Welsh atmosphere. The Black Boy is a very busy Inn; please do not expect it to be a slow laid back hotel. It is in the centre of the tourist hub of North Wales and long wait times can be norm in middle of summer. Come and visit us in the winter season for a more laid back feeling.We now also have Black Jacks, which is another renovated building in courtyard, at rear of Inn .Black Jacks is away from the hustle of the main Inn . All suites have small kitchen area.No lift in building.Some Ground floor rooms are easy access with walk in showers , 1st floor variety of rooms as is 2nd floor.we offer 24 hour staff attendance. When you stay in any country you must wish to stay in somewhere that reflects that country ,we certainly do majority of our staff are welsh speaking and so are the owners .Meal TimesSunday to Thursday: Noon until 9.00p.m. Friday and Saturday. Noon until 9.30p.m.Table reservations can be made via reception up to 6.30p.m. Table allocation after 6.30.pm. will be made on availability. Waiting times can vary and an indication of any delay will be conveyed to you. To arrange a table reservation (up to 6.30p.m.)In peak season we cannot accept table bookings at all due to the volume of trade.
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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Walk into the tavern and you will get a real taste of Wales, not just the food but the Welsh language is spoken as well by the staff and the local's. Great service despite the fact it was very busy, excellent ale. Locally caught sea food was also very good.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to sit outside and visit with locals/other travelers. Great playground within view for kids while adults have a few drinks.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Liked the style of the pub - a bit bold and brassy like the chap behind the bar, but both he and the building wore it well. Packed on both nights we were there; it had a good atmosphere. Not necessarily the spot for a quiet drink. The food we saw others eating looked tasty. Drinks were good. Bread and... More

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Good evening meal & drinks Very busy, perhaps a few other restaurants were closed on Monday night Busy bar area, plenty of staff Had meal in the restaurant, very busy, our starters were excellent I followed with their special, wild trout fillets, very good & plentiful My wife did not choose so well, had their chicken Dwynwen pie ( it... More

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback . The Dwynwen Pie is one our best sellers , but i will pass comments on the the head chef tomorrow. As regards the clearing of tables and resetting for the 90 residents we have in house .I will review that again in the morning . But i have to comment that today was one... More

Lititz, Pa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After touring the castle in Caernafon I asked a local to recommend a pub for lunch. His choice was the Black Boy Inn, about two blocks from the castle. Not only was the food terrific but the wait staff was outstanding...efficient, friendly, all you could ask for. The pub itself was charming, clean, and I think making a move to... More

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

All the staff try very hard to please , and ii would say we get it right most of the time as the reviews show. Thank you please come back soon. More

wakefield
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We enjoyed the draught guest beers, and was allowed a sample of each one before purchasing the ones we preferred. The staff were friendly and knowledgable about their stock. It was also nice to hear fluent welsh been spoken in the pub

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

I really appreciate your review as we are a real welsh Inn , not a copy .This also applies to the welsh language , it used a a live language here .We use welsh in work not as a tourist ploy ,it is used here as the majority of our staff are welsh. Therefore English is a second language for... More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were looking for somewhere different for a bite to eat and decided on this gem of a place .We walked in a were greeted straight away asked for a table and was shown to a table at the rear part of the pub the staff dealt with us straight away and when our food came OMG it looked fantastic... More

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

I gather from the review you were seated in the coach house area. We can seat up to 200 + at the Inn , although it may seem very small there are loads of different rooms .So glad you enjoyed your meal with us please come back soon. More

Cricciet
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Excellent food and brilliant service highly recommend a visit with nice view of Castle and Castle walls.

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review.please return soon More

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The food was excellent and was served quickly. Staff members were awfully friendly, and showed great enthusiasm to their job. Great experience, highly recommend!!

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

We are all keen at the Black Boy to please as we enjoy our work, please come back soon and thank you for the review. More

Abergele, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I would recommend booking a table if you plan to eat here. The Black Boy is very popular and rightly so. The restaurant has retained its original charm and features. There is a great a atmosphere. The restaurant offers a good selection of food, the portions are generous, great quality, wholesome tasty food. We are on a busy Saturday night,... More

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review ,. It is so nice to get so many great reviews at the Inn . our staff work very hard here to please. We try to please all the time which of course is not possible , but we are all human . More

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