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“Poor food, worse service & dreadful customer relations” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Black Boy Inn

The Black Boy Inn
milton, Banbury, England
01295-72-21-11
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Ranked #96 of 156 Restaurants in Banbury
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: There isn't a street address I'm afraid
UK
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38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Poor food, worse service & dreadful customer relations”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Had a meal here - staff disinterested, food cold (when it came), half the meal was forgotten - i.e. calves liver and bacon with no bacon etc. The restaurant was virtually empty but the service sloppy and slow. Definitely one to be missed - as, to be honest,was the other Marco Pierre restaurant I've been too (nr Newbury). Overpriced, VERY average food and living on the name. Avoid

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“nothing special”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The service was not good it was hard enough just to get a drink.We visited in December it was not busy so why did it take 45minutes plus for each course,and the food was poor at best this place needs new direction.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Poor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We were taken the to The Black Boy for a meal by friends , we had travelled down from Yorkshire and were really looking forward to a good meal out ... The Restaurant was nearly empty which was surprising for a Saturday night ! ..The service was very slow ..the soup I ordered was barely warm and had to be sent back .. the menu said with croutons ..there were none ... The side order of peas with the main course were barely warm the same as the sauce that arrived with the main was also cold .. The cheese and crackers at £7.50 with branston pickle in a dish are very over priced ... all in all very disappointed ..would I go back again ....no thank you.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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“such a shame”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Having lived in the next village along for 13 years we have seen many changes to the pub over that time. The latest incarnation under MPW, started off very promisingly indeed from a food perspective (leaving aside that they ripped out half the bar to make room for more tables and discourage to locals even less)

This time last year 6 of us visited for a joint birthday celebration and had a fantastic evening with great food and service. Last Friday we repeated the experience, but things had change a little. Now I can't complain about the food or the service per say but oh dear, as my wife put it, why are we here eating 'Wednesday evening at home food'. The menu was truly awful, it came printed on a A5 size piece of paper, the choice was that small. 3 of us had ham egg and chips, two had fish cakes and one had liver! Not, I hasten to add, out of choice but because that was pretty much all that was on offer, apart from steak and burgers and a few other instantly forgettable items. Now again that in itself isn't a problem other than the fact that the wine list was completely out of sync with the menu. We got charged £35 or so for a bottle of Cava and the cheapest wine on the menu was £20. We ordered a nice bottle of Stellenbosch for £28 again not a problem UNLESS you're forced to eat Ham egg and bl***y chips!!!!!

If I'd wanted ham egg and chips I would have gone to a 'ham egg and chips pub', not one owned by the youngest even chef ever to be awarded 3 Michelin stars

I appreciate it must be incredibly difficult running a village pub that wants to be a restaurant and be part of chain. The ever changing management are under constant pressure to meet targets set from head office but please decide to be one thing or another.

Now if you want to pay £13 for H A & chips in pleasant surroundings its perfectly fine, just order a pint to go with it. If you're thinking of going there for a special event there are half a dozen places within a 10 mile radius that would beat it hands down.

Last year the black boy was listed in the top 50 pubs to eat in, and as a result you couldn't move for Chelsea tractors everywhere, somehow I don't think this is an achievement that's going to be repeated in a hurry.

Ps. Its true about the cheese and jacobs cream crackers!!!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Birthday Dinner Disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We visited the Black Boy on the Saturday before Christmas and expected to find the place very busy with lots of people and a good atmosphere, however, it was very quiet and one of the dining rooms was completely empty with everyone being seated at front of the pub...
I was looking forward to it as I have been a fan of Marco Pierre White for a long time but was disappointed as the menu choice was very limited, which is not always a bad thing but what was on offer was very ordinary and not at all inspiring!
I opted for the beetroot and goats cheese salad but expected more than a plate covered in thinly sliced beetroot with a sprinkling of goats cheese crumbs. The main courses were enjoyable but nothing to shout about and only two of our party of five went for dessert...
The staff were friendly and attentive but I won't be rushing back there anytime soon as there are many other places that offer a more interesting menu selection and good food for the same price per head.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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