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The Black Boy Inn

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Northgate Street, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
+44 1286 673604
07:00 - 23:00
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked through Expedia, which advertised free parking included - but the hotel car park was £5 a night extra. We booked one of the Executive rooms - the room was large, but poorly laid out (coffee making things in an awkward corner behind an uplighter (which was too dim to be counted as a light)). The bathroom was also... More 

Thank ianwarks
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear you did find the inn to your liking .As regards the car parking in Caernarfon we do have free areas which are few in the town.But the car park next to the Inn is chargeable .Expedia states this in the notes as car parking nearby not next to the Inn. More 

Saltaire, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was looking for somewhere to eat good fish and the menu looked great, booked a table for 6:15 on a Friday night arrived and was glad i did the place was full. Ordered sharing fish platter, the special fish stew and their version of fish pie but with a crumb topping. Sharing platter a spoon of defrosted small prawns, some... More 

Thank Kredac
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

You are correct that the Inn gets very busy and this points to the fact that we get everything correct the majority of the time.Sorry that you where not happy with the meal you received.As regards the prawns it is not possible for us to serve fresh as we cannot get a daily supply. More 

Rhyl, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent all round! Wonderfully appointed room in annexe to the rear of the main Inn, great food, amazing range of beers & extremely friendly staff!

blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

The Black Boy is typical of an old Inn, different buildings cobbled together which all work well.Thank you for the review. More 

Ellesmere shropshire
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56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an impromptu visit to Conway and upon arrival looked for the first place we could find to eat. What a wonderful surprise. My partner had haddock chips and peas , crisp batter and fresh tasty haddock. I had fish crumble which had chunks of fish and a breadcrumb and cheese topping, it was all delicious. The staff were... More 

Thank Joanne C
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

The Black Boy is a surprise to any one has not found us before.It is a traditional Inn that brings back memories of what an Inn should be like and was .Thank for the review. More 

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always excels with service and that personal touch. I have never been disappointed and have been staying here regularly for last 2 years. Unusual to find somewhere that excels in service, food and accommodation but they continually achieve.

Thank swoolley41
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review and comments .We do try to please the majority of our customers all the time. More 

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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Black Boy Inn annex last year and had dinner in the main pub which is a very cosy olde worlde place with excellent real ales and a hearty dinner menu. The atmosphere is relaxed with lovely soft music which is not too loud so just very pleasant all round. Being vegetarian it can be a bit... More 

Thank Dani U
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

I will pass your comments on the Marius the head chef , he will be so pleased with your comments thank you. More 

Leigh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived here without reservation but they said they could accommodate us. We got a drink but found no were to stand let alone sit. It's a very small pub bursting with character but little room to move. The weather prevented standing outside. To be fair the wait wasn't to long and when seated the service was excellent. The food... More 

Thank 625murphyj
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

We are a very busy Inn as you state.So pleased our staff where able to provide you with somewhere to eat .We are aware that the popularity of the Inn can cause issues with space for customers , but also it adds to the character of the Black Boy Thank you for the review. More 

Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with friends one Friday evening. Busy restaurant saving a variety of food, all good portions and well presented

Thank Alwynne
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

It does get very busy here at the Black Boy , so pleased you enjoyed.Thank you for the review. More 

Hamburg, Germany
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a late lunch in the public bar. The traditional lobscouse that I had found on their Internet menu wasn't on the menu on display there but I could order it anyway and it was pretty good. I wasn't so enamoured of the background music and would have preferred something quieter myself.

Thank mizinamo
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the meal at the Inn.The public bar has a juke box so we have no control over the choices.But the gain in the black boy is there are other areas if you wish .Thank you for the review. More 

stoke on trent
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited the Black boy numerous times when in the area for lunch (normally sunday lunch) and the quality of the food and service is always excellent.If this restaurant was closer I would visit every week!. It is a unique olde world inn and that adds to its charm and character. Its position within the castle walls is lovely... More 

Thank thejameos
blackboy673604, Owner at The Black Boy Inn, responded to this review

We are situated within the town walls and this is lovely, but of course can cause issues with parking.Thank you for the review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Bar, British, Pub, Welsh, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Northgate Street, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  North Wales  >  Gwynedd  >  Caernarfon
  • Phone Number: +44 1286 673604
  • This restaurant is at Black Boy Inn
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.)

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