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“Relaxed Weekend Stay”

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Black Boys Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 6 Aylsham B&B and Inns
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Relaxed Weekend Stay”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Stayed at The Blackboys in July13. Room was a little tired, but had loads of character (including the plumbing!), and cleaning faultless.

We stayed two nights and enjoyed our first meal so much we returned the following night. Portion sizes are huge, and this includes the breakfast, but not at expense of quality which was top notch. Very wide choice on the menu, and includes locally sourced produce.

Staff very friendly, beer (Woodfordes and Adnams) perfectly kept, and superb weather to boot.

We will definitely be back

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Sadly we didn't stay and there wasn't an option to see the rooms.
We had a ham hock starter salad with blue cheese croquettes which were absolutely delicious.
For main I had the pork belly, red cabbage and mash. I only wish the crackling had a bit more crackle :(. The mash hinted a little of being reheated but overall the flavours were great. My partner had liver with bacon and onion with the same veg. He loved it! Nothing left on the plate. We had a nice bottle of Finca, which wasn't quite cold enough, but was okay. The serving staff were friendly and highly professional excellent couldn't wish for better.
The website prices ( the menu listed is an example as the food is seasonal and local) is out of date and the prices were around 40% higher than advertised, which is a little disappointing.
Overall a good experience just needs a nudge of consistency. We will definitely eat there again as we found out they offer good old fish and chips to takeaway :P. if your in and around Aylsham defiantly worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came to Aylsham for May BH weekend.

We visited the Black Boys on the first night (due to reviews on TripAdvisor), but had to wait a little too long for a table. Went back on the Sat evening and got a table (we were slightly after the kitchen closed and Chef still served us).

Meal was wonderful. Service was faultless.

Recommended!!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Cambridge UK
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361 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Twelve of us called here for lunch. Food was fine with a good choice and service very friendly. Not a lot more I can say about the place. Marginally better than the average pub/hotel fare, hence four rather than three stars from me, and I would recommend it for lunch if in the area

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Aberdeenshire
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Black Boys is everything an authentic English pub should be - it dates back to the 1600's so has bags of character (I'm sure it must have a ghost or two), it looks charming and is set in the market square of Aylsham so is always busy with an eclectic mix of locals and visitors. We had booked to stay one night but wished we had stayed two.

Our double room had an imposing, huge wooden bed in it, the twin boasted a large bathroom with bath and a separate lounge area. Our room was rather warm but we opened the window and would have had a wo nderful sleep if some foul mouthed couple in the street hadn't had a domestic.....but that's not the pub's fault!

We settled in the bar about 5pm and didn't move for the remainder of the night! The staff are friendly and accommodating and the locals were great fun - we even ended up having a singsong! The food was lovely - but the portions are huge so be warned. The quality is very good though and it was the best prawn tempura that I've had.
We can't wait to return as it was the highlight of our trip!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank foxxylizzy
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Swaffham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We are local to Norfolk, and have known about the Black Boys Hotel in Aylsham, with its various landlord tenancies, for almost half a century. The place has always enjoyed a good reputation within our knowledge. Thus when our son suggested a family lunch for 6 when they were enjoying a trip on the local narrow-guage railway, we accepted with alacrity. We were not disappointed. We arrived early for lunch and found a parking space to the rear of the Hotel. We were shown to a very well situated side table in the front Bar to have apéritif drinks while we awaited our son and his family to appear. Then orders were taken, more drinks were supplied and conviviality commenced. As to the bar food, it was very well presented and certaily competently prepared and cooked. We had no adverse comment at all, apart from the fact that a little less food in the portions, particulary chips or frites, and an abadonment of the ridiculous slate platters, would be beneficial to all. It was a very happy family luncheon and the staff were so friendly and welcoming that we could not wish for a better experience. Thank you so much to the Hotel Management and Staff for making our visit so memorable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Bennett003
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I went for midday lunch with my wife,very large portions food was very good service good be careful with your order tho the portions are large the food is good I dont think they need to serve such large sizes.
W e had steak very well cooked. monk fish with mussells exellent and large puddings.Will return very soon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Black Boys Hotel & Restaurant
Address: Market Place, Aylsham NR11 6EH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Aylsham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Aylsham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Grade 2 listed Inn and Restaurant in the market town of Aylsham in Norfolk ... more   less 
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Black Boys Hotel & Restaurant Aylsham, Norfolk

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