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Black Boy, Solihull

Warwick Road
Heronfield
Postal town: Solihull
B93 0EB

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Nick Davies left this review about Black Boy

Yeah..no idea what it looks like from the canal but we must have passed it hundreds of times along the road, looking at the prominent sign and thinking, hmm, next time, let's press on to The Case Is Altered. Curiosity got to us in the end and you know what happened to the cat. It is indeed a canteen serving up those huge plates of stodge that many deem good home cooking but propel me in the direction of the nearest curry house. Just about all the tatty looking tables (complete with chairs seemingly acquired from a defunct WMC) were reserved at 5PM. They eat early round here. Plus points included a very welcome open fire on a nippy November afternoon and decent Tribute - the other choice was Butty Bach.

Now I expect my verdict would be more positive had we called on a warm sunny afternoon, thus able to enjoy the canalside setting. And I suspect many do: judging by the size of the car park it must be a popular destination for Brummies to enjoy a run out to. However on a nippy November afternoon: press on to the Case, boys, you know it makes sense.

On 7th November 2017 - rating: 3
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Thuck Phat left this review about Black Boy

Mr. Fastard paints the picture well below.
Approaching from the canal this is an appealing, traditional boaters pub. Once inside it's a cut price eating barn which has had any charm that it once possessed systematically stripped and it now feels like an atmosphereless canteen.
Beers on were London Pride, a cold but drinkable St Austell Tribute and Wye Valley Butty Bach.
A point for each of the beers on offer.

On 2nd June 2015 - rating: 3
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Black Boy

From the outside this old building dating back to 1793 looks idyllic with ivy clad walls,a large canalside garden and a name which refers to a common nickname for Charles II.However when you enter there is an abrupt shock,it's a busy family orientated feeding station with ghastly laminated flooring around the bar,cheap pine furniture and sticky menus.On my Thursday evening visit it was overrun by overwrought children and their parent(s) eating from a pubgrub menu where most mains were around £10 and sadly lacking in portion control.Childrens meals £5.
At least there was some real ale,three on my visit although my St Austell Tribute had been overchilled probably to appeal to anyone looking to switch from the popular lager brands.Unlike the food ,the ale wasnt cheap at £3.50 pp.
Had there been no real ale,I would have walked straight out.However this was a visit that wont be repeated.

On 15th May 2015 - rating: 4
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Ian Mapp left this review about Black Boy

Wasn't sure what to expect here. It is the start of a leg on the Millennium Way (Long Distance Footpath) and appears on the map to be in the middle of nowhere and not next to any road. This proves true - its in its own postcode, down a long drive, with a sentry box and a sign saying "Coaches by Appointment".

Its also been here since 1793, must have been built for the canals.

Another pub designed for food (in fact they have two tills - 1 for the drinks order and 1 for the food order). The food is unpretentious and aimed at families. Huge Menu of reasonably priced grub.

Three beers on. I went for a London Pride and it was in absolutely top nick.

On 31st December 2014 - rating: 7
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