The Black Boys Hotel is a pub on the main square in Aylsham, North Norfolk. Aylsham is a small town with a few shops (including one selling products from black sheep, interestingly). It is just up the road from the beautiful Blickling Hall, and within driving distance of both Norwich and the North Norfolk coast.
Arriving at the Black Boys is an experience - you enter through the bar, and as I dragged a trolley case in it felt rather like one of those Western movies where someone enters and everyone in the saloon stops talking and turns to look. I would advise leaving any cases in the car (there's a car park at the back) and checking in first so cases can be taken directly up from the car park entrance.
Our room was nicely furnished but small - there was nowhere to put a pair of glasses at the side of the bed, for example. We found the accommodation pleasant and quiet at night (we overlooked the car park at the back). The bathroom had clearly recently been refurbished, and there was a good shower.
We booked on a £120 'dinner, bed and breakfast for two people' deal - superb value given the quality of the food in the restaurant, with an unlimited choice from the menu. The service was friendly, and the food was well prepared. We ate rather late, but the staff were very accommodating.
Breakfast the next morning was cooked to order and served in the bar - we needed an early breakfast, but this was no problem. .
There's an interesting poster inside the door giving the history of the pub - well worth a read.
Footnote: the car park entrance door is self closing. When we were leaving in the morning I took a bag out without carrying the room key and found myself locked out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Grade 2 listed Inn and Restaurant in the market town of Aylsham in Norfolk ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Boys Hotel & Restaurant Aylsham, Norfolk