Since April 2008 Mike and I have had the pleasure of owning the lease at the Black Boy. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here; we are so proud of our achievements and the difference we have made to this establishment over the years. We have been lucky enough to have met some wonderful people and have had many great & memorable experiences.

 Now the time has come for us to move on and start the next chapter in our lives.

We have decided to sell the lease at The Black Boy and we are selling it to Baron’s Pub Company Ltd. We know the Black Boy will be in good hands under the ownership of Company Director, Clive Price and the Company’s operations Director Helen Pillinger. They have many exciting plans for the Black Boy and we are looking forward to seeing the changes are they will make, we hope all of you will be excited too and join us in wishing them every success here.

We are closing the business from Sunday 8th January at 5pm. Until the 8th of January the business will remain as normal. Baron’s Pub Company will be taking over on Monday 16th January but the business will remain closed until the make over is complete. Please continue to check the page for updates from the Baron’s team! For more information, bookings, general enquiries or job vacancies email info@baronspubs.com or visit the website www.baronspubs.com.

We would like to thank our customers, suppliers, team members past and present and everyone who has supported us in our journey at The Black Boy.
We wish you all the very best for the future.

Claire & Mike

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Under Head Chef Cornel Riciu, the Black Boy prides itself on a fusion of tradition and innovation - something for everyone.

We serve traditional and seasonal dishes every day along with daily specials, rotating specialty beers, and an extensive wine list.


The holiday season is fast approaching! Have a look at our wonderful set menus with something for everyone.