Although our family did not stay at the black boy we have visited a few times in the past two months for different reasons. If we are looking for a top-class meal it is the best in the UK, when the younger, shorter chef is working, the food is full of flavour and no matter what dish you ask for it is perfect and exquisite, however when the taller chef is cooking we find that it is something you'd expect from a 'marston's' or 'wetherspoon's' as it has no spice, flavour or pizazz, that makes the food satisfactory but not enjoyable. It is a very welcoming pub, the bar manager, Jo is always helpful and friendly, and consistently shows us absolutely perfect decorum and seems to be working or cleaning around the pub at all times which can only enhance our visits. I, personally, am a very big fan of the Golden Glow ale that was on a few weeks ago and would like to see it return! Also, it looked worrying to me that the tall, long-haired boy who sometimes works behind the bar seems to help himself to drinks when not working, it looks awful to customers. Great ideas involved in the Royal Wedding weekend, extremely fun, with pimms and lemonade for the adults and face painting for the kids, it was like a breath of fresh air!! I'd like to see some more cocktails on the menu, maybe pimms and lemonade, rum and pineapple, amaretto and cranberry, gin and orange juice? The only other flaw is that it's not got such a 'modern look' and looks like it was decorated 50 years ago and kept the same (with the carpet almost wasting away in some places!), maybe a little renovation is needed, and seems that there is always your boring 'jazz nights' and live bands that are very old style, maybe an open mic night or something, these ideas would only draw in a younger 'clientele', rather than the 'same old faces'. However these are only suggestions, there's just so much potential in this pub, with the perfect food that is guaranteed when the younger chef is on and the warm welcoming that you will consistently receive, one of the best restaurants in the area, I'd just hate for it to go to waste as a 'hidden gem'!!
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