We recently booked a two night stay in the Black Boy Inn, which was a good location for access to Snowdonia National Park but left feeling slightly duped and underwhelmed by the consistently positive ratings recorded by other guests on tripadvisor
We stayed in the Black Jacks suite (having initially been given a room number which didn't exist to try and find), but the apartment offered us good sized, relatively quiet and comfortable accommodation with good sized bed and bath. Most disappointingly though was the dining experience on both nights, again relative to the previous feedback and in-house promotional literature which promised an "eat fresh not fast" philosophy with freshly sourced local produce, overseen by a "highly skilled and experienced chef".
In reality, our first night (Valentines evening) in the restaurant was one of the most rushed and unwelcoming eating out experiences I have encountered. We were asked for our order before we'd even settled at the table to open the menu, each order was taken and arrived within minutes with a heated up, rather than freshly cooked feel and plates were cleared whilst consuming the final mouthful by the hovering waitress team.
Eating in the bar on the second night felt less rushed but I am absolutely certain that my meal was NOT freshly prepared or cooked to order again. Instead, it had all the hallmarks of a Farm Foods (other stores are available) frozen or pre-prepared packet meal given the bland taste and uniform nature of the Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and the driest cuts of beef that even my pet Labrador would struggle with. Drinks were expensive too on both nights.
Caernarfon town centre too (castle and dockyard aside) felt a bit scruffy and run down in places and offered little by the way of alternative places to enjoy a drink an evening meal.
Neither a town or a restaurant I would recommend or return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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.)In peak season we cannot accept table bookings at all due to the volume of trade ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Boy Hotel Caernarfon
- Black Boy Inn Caernarfon, Wales