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“Great Pub/Hotel in an amazing location”
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Black Boy Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Caernarfon
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stayed and ate here on a recent trip to Wales. The staff were friendly with nothing being too much trouble for them. There was a vast selection of food available on the menu and each dish was tasty and plentyful. The rooms were extremely well kept and modern.


I would definitely recommend a stay here if you are passing.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Situated within the old walled town area of Caernarfon near the castle the Black Boy Inn was a perfect place to stay on our recent visit to North Wales.
The Inn itself, built in 1522, is a perfect example of olde world charm with its low wooden beams (watch your head) twisting narrow corridors and winding stairs but beautifully maintained. The bars are something to behold with a large range of local and international drinks. There is also an outside bar area where you can sit and watch the world go by.
The food is exceptionally good and is a favourite amongst both visitors and locals alike. The staff are also polite, friendly and efficient.
Our accommodation, an executive room on the top (2nd floor) was was large, clean and comfortable and comprised a large kingsize bed, large flat screen TV and all the required trimmings. The bathroom was also a good size with modern fittings.
Drawbacks would be the steep narrow stairs and low beams but then you can't have an authentic 16th century inn without them. The only other criticisms would be the noise coming up from the outside patrons below (if you had your windows open) but this stopped of course when the bar closed and the fact that we had to park our car a few minutes walk away in the castle car park.
There is no charge for this parking for hotel guests.
All in all we had a wonderful stay at the Black Boy Inn and would thoroughly recommend it as a great place to stay. We hope to return one day when visiting the UK again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2014

Thank you very much for this very good description of The Inn and its services.Please return soon

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Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited the Black Boy Inn from a recommendation and it was well worth the visit. We ate from the specials board- steak with welsh rarebit. I asked for both steaks to be done medium and both were done to perfection and identical! I would echo the recommendation we had, and say when in Caernarfon you must eat at the Black Boy Inn.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2014

Thank you for the review , please come back soon

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Reviewed August 3, 2014

My wife and I visited with a view to having a drink (as we've done for years) and eating elsewhere later but the food we saw coming out looked simply excellent and we indulged! We had the 'Ploughman's' and this is a dish that should be classed as a 'National Treasure'; it was magnificent and without doubt the best I've ever tasted. Please don't change it; we're back next year.
The only complaint was the volume of the -unnecessary- music: there's atmosphere in spades without it but it was turned down on request.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2014

We tend not to change anything unless it is for the betterment of the majority of our customers.So thank you very much for the review and hopefully we will be exactly the same next year.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

This is a great hotel. Our suite was spacious, the food was excellent, and it's right in the middle of town. Great water pressure! Friendly, helpful staff. The hallways were made for small people though.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2014

Thank you for the review , as you see definitely the real olde Inn here.

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Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

At the end of the alley into the walled city, BBI is not the only pub in town, but you won't go wrong eating here. The fact that they have Leffe on tap was a benefit, but the fish and chips tasted fresh and chips are better than average for the style. A ham and cheese toastie was enormous and well stuffed. All enjoyed it and went back just for a beer the next day.


Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2014

Thank you very much for your kind review.

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Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Walked into friendly pub welcome after a wander round Caernarfon and a quick Trip Advisor check. Just what it says on the box with a great pint for the hubby and divine fig and goats cheese starter for me .... Then carried on through stunning steal to good puds.

Stayed: July 2014
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2014

You are correct , we are what we say a Inn with meals .Not a fancy restaurant just plain, real food with fair pricing.Thank you so much .

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Additional Information about Black Boy Inn

Address: Northgate Street | Stryd Pedwar a Chewch, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Green Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Family Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Romantic Hotel in Caernarfon
Price Range: $84 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Boy Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 ... more   less 
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