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“Top food, big portions and friendly atmosphere”
Review of The Black Boy Inn

The Black Boy Inn
Ranked #4 of 108 Restaurants in Caernarfon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
Cuisines: International, Pub, Welsh
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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 Times Sunday to Thursday: Noon until 9.00p.m. Friday and Saturday. Noon until 9.30p.m.Table reservations can be made via our web site only. We operate a table waiting system from the door at all times to keep the dining areas full. Waiting times can vary and an indication of any delay will be conveyed to you. Book a table online please.
Reviewed March 5, 2013

We'd been out for a weekend of walking in Snowdonia, so we needed somewhere to have a slap up meal to finish our stay - The Black Boy Inn came highly recommended and didn't disappoint.

They also let us bring our own wine, a few special ones, and pay corkage on them. Always sign of a good place to eat.

Food was excellent, probably a little bit too much fat on the pork belly for some, but overall the product is locally sourced and you can tell - particularly the lamb shank.

The waitress got us to order in Welsh, which was excellent fun and helped get good banter going.

We were in the back room which has been smartly converted for larger groups.

Only complaint would be the booking system. Once you've reserved you get an email saying you need to pre-order your food, but then when you go into the system it says 'No Menu'. Emailed the pub and got an email back going "Don't worry about it" but then you get repeated emails from this new system saying "you haven't pre-ordered, if you don't pre-order" etc.

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2013

I am sure we are one of the few Inns that are able to take your food order in welsh and actually print a receipt as well 90% in welsh .We pride ourselves in the top 3 . food portions. staff friendliness & good beers.Thank you for review

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Great food and service. Menu had lots of good choices and the portions were hugh so dont eat before you go there. Make sure you book in advance though as it gets very busy.

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

We are simply old fashioned , good sized welsh portions .In a real welsh atmosphere , a truly welsh historic inn. Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We enjoyed a fabulous meal with our two year old daughter. The meals were a reaonable price, not the cheapest, but for the quality of food we were suitably impressed. The menu has a great range to suit all tastes and the drinks weren't overpriced. I Would recommend booking as people were being turned away who hadn't, happily we had.

Thank CeriGraham
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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

We do get very busy at the Inn with all aspect of the food, bars and accommodation.We are slightly a victim of our own success by making it difficult to get spaces in dining areas at night , unless you arrive early .We thank you for your review .

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great atmosphere, nicely cooked home-made food, good beers, nice staff despite and very hectic evening in the bar and the restaurant, most impressed.

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Thank you for review , we are indeed a real Inn , the bars do get hectic at times , real food and of course real staff with a heart for the business .

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

A great range of food on the Menu it was difficult to make a choice, I opted for Hake in sauce, and I wasn't disappointed with the quality. The service was excellent with staff courteous and helpful. The wide range of single malts was a great end to the meal, I didn't try them all but staff where helpful in suggesting the best ones.

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blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2013

Thank you for feedback , we do have a wide range of meals on our menu plus lots of whiskeys on offer

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