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Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon

Northgate Street
Caernarfon
LL55 1RW
Phone: 01286673604
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Quinno _ left this review about Black Boy Inn

Looks the part from the outside and having seen the general praise elsewhere I was keen to do this one. Thanks to Mrs Quinno dragging her heels in the B&B we were slightly later than I wanted and we ended-up in a queue to get in for dinner. A pub (quite literally) of two halves – the original main building is really cosy, traditional and atmospheric, a wonderful place to imbibe but sadly we were directed to the first COVID-sorted table which was in the rear barn (the buggers behind us in the queue got a main bar space and I hated them for it). The barn room is accessed via a courtyard and is set for dining. They’d done a good job in here though with a high vaulted ceiling, and walls painted with Welsh landscapes, myths and legends. Determinedly un-PC in this age (see the pub sign as well as a few other bits and pieces) which I was happy to see and I hope they stick with it. Four pumps with three ales on in the main bar; Purple Moose Glaslyn, Bass (superb – NBSS 4.5) and Cwrw Llyn Porth Neigwl (4). Noted via the receipt an unjustifiably huge mark-up on half pints (£3.85 vs £2.30!). The food was relatively expensive but good quality – plus they made sure there were enough staff to cope with the demand so if that pays their wages then fair enough. It's a lovely place with great beer and I really enjoyed my visit (the halves mark-up notwithstanding). 8.5.

On 5th September 2020 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Black Boy Inn

Very attractive old inn, with bars at the front and on the left-hand side and a dining room to the right. Very traditionally furnished and decorated, with a good deal of character all round. Also has tables out front for the better weather. The restaurant menu isn't exactly cheap, but some cheaper options are available in the bars. Five real ales from handpumps on the two counters, including an excellent Honey Porter, one of a pair of Conwy beers. Well worth seeking out.

On 22nd January 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about Black Boy Inn

A sign outside this pub in the attractive surrounds of Caernarfon's historic centre, proclaimed it to be the 'Welshest Pub in the World', which was enough to convince me to check the place out. This turned out to be a wise choice as this is a very pleasant and atmospheric pub dating back to the 17th Century with a three room layout. We entered to the right hand side where a passageway leads left into the front bar and right into the dining room. The dining area is a sizable carpeted space with lots of hefty dark wood beams and a big inglenook fireplace opposite the door with images of Caernarfon Castle and the town walls painted inside it. A stove was lit in the fireplace, creating a warm, cosy feel in the room as the rain poured down outside, and some bellows and a couple of ceramic dogs flanked a large Whitbread sign above the mantle. There is a similar fireplace at the far end of the room, this time with an anchor and a black boy figurine inside and various horse brasses and other bits of brassware dotted around. Pew and chair seating has been arranged down either side of the room, which is ideal for diners, and the walls are decorated with some nice paintings of the pub and various nautical scenes. Another nice touch was the light shades which were made from miniature ship's wheels. The front bar is the best preserved room of the three and has a chunky wooden bar counter to the right, lots more dark wood beams and some functional bench and chair seating in a smartly carpeted space which was also full of diners. The Public Bar is on the left hand side of the pub and was by far the liveliest spot. This room is bare boarded but surprisingly cosy with more bench and chair seating in limited supply. The servery is to the right and has some pleasant dark wood fittings whilst the walls are lined with pump clips, old enamel signs and various collections of bank notes. Two more inglenook fireplaces can be found round here with lots more decorative bits surrounding them. A corridor around the back of the pub links the two sides and passes a patio garden with a large buoy as a centrepiece, whilst more benches can be found on the pedestrianised street to the front of the pub.
A couple of blackboards in each bar listed the ale range which on this visit comprised Bragdy Lleu Blodeuwedd, Draught Bass, Bragdy Twt Lol Tŵti Ffrŵti, Cwrw Llyn Cwrw Glyndwr and Big Bog Stog Milk Stout plus one real cider. I gave the Stog Milk Stout a try and it was a fantastic pint in top condition. The staff were very friendly, greeting and bidding farewell to everyone in Welsh and English, which along with the beer selection and locally sourced food, was the full extent of the pub's 'Welshest' credentials as far as I could see. We ended up having lunch here and the food was reasonably priced and very good quality.
This is a cracking old pub that worked well as somewhere to stop and enjoy good food in a smart, well presented dining room, but also offered a very distinctly separate dedicated drinking area in which to sample some great local beer in a lively environment. I thought this was a homely, welcoming pub and would be surprised if there is anywhere that can better it in town.

On 2nd June 2017 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Bangor (Gwynedd), 8.79 miles, 2 hr 49 min walk (show)
Llanfairpwll, 10.19 miles, 3 hr 16 min walk (show)
Bodorgan, 20.83 miles, 6 hr 42 min walk (show)
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4th Jan 2021, 19:08
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28th Dec 2020, 18:25
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Patio at front and some mid-section seating between the two buildings - last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - They do have their own loyalty scheme though. - last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No - There is a board but it is completely obstructed. - last updated 17 April 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - TV was off. - last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 January 2021 by Quinno _
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