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“To Stay or Not to Stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Black Boys Inn

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Black Boys Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hurley B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“To Stay or Not to Stay”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Over all the facilities and staff excellent along with the beautiful surrounding countryside and walks, food outstanding - compliments to the chef/s. Stayed in a Carriage room spacious & clean. However the only down side is the room was so close to the main road which was busy though out the night. Road noise travelled through the room and a motorbike/s were up and down the road some several times ended up being shattered from lack of sleep due to the traffic noise. Not that it was a major concern the TV was small for the size of the room and not all the channels worked and no guide on how to use the TV or information explaining the limited availability of certain channels such as ITV. The young lady at check out had asked how was our stay and I explained the above (barr the TV issue) to which was meet with the response "it's not a complaint they ever had before." Light sleeper was mentioned and I stated I live not far from a rail track and I actually slept better and added it’s such a shame as everything else was so brilliant and I added may be if something could be done it would be to sound proof the room.
Due to the traffic noise issues feel the room was over priced for the location so close to the road. Would we stay again? - Only if the room was sound proofed or maybe one which is further from the roadside may be better. If this where the case we would have no hesitation in rating with 5 Stars and would consider it value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

It was my Mother-in-laws 70th birthday so as a treat we book this restaurant. Their website clearly offered the deal as per photo attached. We arrived and were a little disappointed with our table as it was 10ft away from the main A4130 and at 7.00pm it was very busy with fast moving traffic.

Just prior to placing our order we checked we had the correct menu for the offer - £27.50 for three courses - and were told it was not available and not shown on the website.

My smart phone confirmed the offer but the management would not honor the offer although the restaurant was empty. We were charged for our drinks and made to feel it was our fault.

A three course meal for £27.50 mid week is not exactly good value so for them not to honor their published offer was disgraceful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Managed to get a last minute booking during the very busy period of the Henley regatta.We took our pet dog with us as it was impossible to find anywhere to board her at the time. The staff at the Black Boys Inn were wonderful, allowing us to bring her along and offering to walk her whilst they clean our room. We thought the gesture was above and beyond what one would expect from a b&b and would once again like to thank the staff for the additional effort. Traffic can be a nightmare during regatta season and not having to rush back over lunch meant we could enjoy our day without worrying about our pet. The room was great however the light over the basin didn't work and the room required a bit more dusting, that said these small things certainly didn't detract from our stay and are easily rectifiable. We hope to return again next year! PS: breakfast was great with the eggs coming directly from the chickens kept at the inn!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank LippieM
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Surrey
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270 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Nice restaurant in fact superb food both dinner and wonderful breakfast but the stay was disappointing. The rooms are fine if they were half the price but £155 bnb for a tiny room with weeny shower and WC room with no opening window was over the top. Bed was clean but some areas were very dusty and the TV had that burning dust smell. Wardobe is minute too.
Front of house was unwelcoming; we asked her name as we like to be friendly rather than Mr and Mrs but she didnt see why we needed to know that!! We sat in the garden with the menu and were t'sked at for not being ready to order within a few minutes. We asked to remain in the garden to eat as it was a wonderful evening and the view is superb but we were told that dinner was only served inside - strange, as our accompanying friends had eaten outside only the night before. BTW we asked our young breakfast waitress her name and she was happy to give it so its not a house rule. Its a shame that such good food is let down like this.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 462 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2013

As the heading says this is a restaurant with rooms so the emphasis is on the food rather than the accommodation.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner here. Fresh quality produce, well cooked, nicely presented, good choice & appropriately priced. We could not fault the food.

However, our room was cold & one of the wardrobe shelves was broken. The inn is on a busy main road & we were disturbed by traffic nose during the night.

I would definitely recommend the restaurant & would choose to dine here again if we were in the area but I would choose to stay somewhere quieter.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank dee090
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Helen B, Owner at Black Boys Inn, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Dee090…….3/5 is certainly not the score we are trying to achieve and on reading your review, it is clear that there were some highlights and some low lights too. For these I thank you and offer my apologies for not achieving what I know we usually do well.

All your comments have been shared with the team, lest we sit back and rest on our laurels.
I am particularly pleased to read your comments about the “Lovely Diner, fresh quality produce and appropriate pricing”.

I have spoken to the manager on duty during your two night stay, and it is such a shame that some of your concerns were not raised with us at the time as we would have done our utmost to rectify the situation.

With regard to the room not being warm enough, please let me first apologise. My manager informed me that an extra room heater had been provided on your request during the second night of your stay, and when a member of staff returned to check that the room was now warm enough the heater had been turned off, thus the presumption that the problem had been solved. There was clearly a breakdown in communication for which I offer my sincere apologies.

I do hope to welcome you back when you are next in the area and showcase what I know we are good at, not just the food and wine!

Kindest regards
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 5, 2013

A charming and cosy, friendly restaurant in Hurley. Excellent menu of homemade culinary delights, with a choice to suit all tastes. We chose three delicious courses, of which I must particularly recommend the Arbroath smokies as an amazing starter. As a midweek treat, this is one of the best,and my only regret is to not be able to stay longer. The owner was extremely welcoming,and provided a faultless service, making the evening thoroughly enjoyable. If you are fortunate enough to be in the area of this lovely village, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful meal at the Black Boys Inn.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Dee H
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Helen B, Owner at Black Boys Inn, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
“Irresistible food in a delightful restaurant”….. Thank you for such kind words, I am so glad you found the service “welcoming” and “faultless” I have to agree we have a great team, and they would like to pass on their thanks for your feedback. We all look forward to seeing you soon for your next weekend stay!

Kindest Regards
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Hobart, Australia
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2013

This was our 4th stay at the Black Boys Inn and we were again extremely well looked after by Helen and Adrian. The rooms are spacious, clean and well appointed with plenty of space in the bathroom as well. The breakfasts are delightful and we recommend the spiced pears ! We had dinner at the Inn 4 nights out of 5 and the food is excellent, French in style (Michelin Guide) and reasonably priced with a matching wine list. Black Boys is easy to get to, close to Henley on Thames & Windsor, convenient to Heathrow and always our B&B of choice when seeing family and friends, visiting London or flying in or out of Heathrow. It's quite a way to come from Australia, but we will be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the two rooms in what I think was the original carriage house. Although all the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank David P
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Helen B, Owner at Black Boys Inn, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
David P……”Our 4th stay at the Black Boys Inn” Thank you for your review, we think our selves very fortunate that you think of us as your home away from home when you are on the other side of the world!!

I am so glad you find the rooms spacious, as I know space is so important when you are traveling for longer periods of time. I have passed on your kind words to all of the team and we look forward to welcoming you back time and time again!

Kindest regards
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Additional Information about Black Boys Inn

Property: Black Boys Inn
Address: Henley Road | Hurley nr Henley on Thames, Hurley, Maidenhead SL6 5NQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Windsor and Maidenhead > Maidenhead > Hurley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Hurley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the outskirts of Henley On Thames and Maidenhead overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Valley with the River Thames at the bottom of the lane.With origins in part Dating back to the 16th Century the inn is, as you would expect, full of atmosphere and charm with oak beams, nooks, crannies and wood burning stove with a style that’s in keeping with modern day living ... more   less 
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