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Black Boy, Winchester

Wharf Hill
Winchester
SO23 9NQ
Phone: 01962861754
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Black Boy

This was our first pub to visit on our crawl around Winchester and what a good place to start. You could spend hours in here spotting different paraphernalia around the place. We called in here early, which gave good opportunity for a nose round. I came across a Warthog under the table football game in the far right lounge, which seemed to be hiding there. Five handpumps, with four in use serving Hopback Summer Lightning, Hopback Pickled Santa, Flowerpots Bitter and Alfred's Brewery Saxon Bronze. The barman along with the couple of locals were friendly and chatty and gave us good directions to the Queen Inn.

On 11th December 2023 - rating: 9
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Quinno _ left this review about Black Boy

Remains a beguiling place. Sadly on a hot day my choice of Flack Manor Gold was flabby and lacklustre (NBSS 2). Worth a visit for the interior but not somewhere that truly excels when the going gets tough on the cask. 8.5

February 2017
This eclectic place trundles on much as it ever has done. My visit found Saxon Brewery Alfred (barrel-end), Itchin Valley Russian Winter (good), some old tosh from Cotleigh, Flowerpots Pale and Hop Back Summer Lightning. Always a must-visit in the city. Rated 9

July 2011
An eccentric freehouse with a cosy atmosphere, sporting a good selection of five interesting ales on my last visit (Summer Lightning, Andwell King John, Dark Star Saison, Cheriton Flowerpots and Ringwood Best), with a real cider too if I remember right. All the samples came out well. The teenage female barmaids were, well, teenage in their approach and the piped music rather suited their tastes, unfortunately. As mentioned extensively elsewhere, there are a number of different rooms to explore with more stuffed animals than Ray Mears' shed, more tat than David Dickenson’s attic and more worn rugs than Terry Wogan's dressing room. No fruit machines or TVs to annoy you either. Board games and table football available. The owner also operates a restaurant (Black Rat) and wine bar (Black Bottle). Ten to fifteen minutes’ walk along the river Itchin from the centre of town and well-worth it. One of Winchester’s best places and a well-kept secret from the tourists. Rated 9

On 9th August 2022 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about Black Boy

Very much as described by others below, this wonderfully eclectic and eccentric throwback to the days of individuality and interest was a fantastic inclusion on a town crawl. Has anyone previously mentioned that the ceiling in the vaulted area in the middle was lined with old doors - very Lewis Carol, which along with the serpentine feel of the layout and the stuffed animals (by which I mean the taxidermy, not my drinking companions) made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Ales on were Alfred's Saxon Bronze, Flack Manor's Romsey Gold, Flower Pots's Bitter and Summer Lightning, plus there was one dry pump. The beer was in excellent condition, though a bit overpriced for the area. There was also a cider on draft. I need to come back and wander around again, especially as their beer quality is so good, but also because there's more to see.

On 24th July 2022 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by dan bert
Winchester, 1.16 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Shawford, 2.92 miles, 56 min walk (show)
Chandlers Ford, 6.89 miles, 2 hr 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Black Boy, Winchester
11th Dec 2023, 18:11
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray
 
9th Aug 2022, 21:56
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - First Mon - last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 August 2022 by Quinno _
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