Within the castle walls of Caernarfon, you will find this little gem of a pub. Van and I stopped for a bite in this pub before we made our trek back home from Wales. After a long day of "castling" we were in need of a substantial meal and a pint. And boy did we pick the right spot.
As soon as we walked into the pub, it felt so cozy and warm. We found a nice little spot to sit in the original pub space, which dates back to the 1500s. The room exuded character. From the low ceilings with exposed beams, to the beautiful bronze fireplace on the back wall, it was gorgeous. This is what I most love about the United Kingdom, your dining experience can also be a history lesson!
Caernarfon is located in a part of Wales where the majority of residents speak the Welsh language. The pub was no exception. There was not a single person speaking English in their conversations at the tables close by us.
Around the pub, and even engraved on my chosen seat, was the word "Croeso" which means "welcome" in Welsh. After just spending a day in Wales, we found the Welsh people to be exactly that; welcoming. There was a sweet couple in the pub that recognized our accents and came over to our table and wanted to know all about us. They explained some Welsh words to us and made us feel very welcome!
We perused the menu, which was listed in Welsh first with the English translation underneath. Being extremely close to the Irish Sea, we decided we absolutely had to have some fish. We ordered our Snowdonia Ale pints and 2 fish and chips from the bartender. I thought the pricing to be a little high to be honest when we ordered the fish, but then again I hadn't seen it yet! (£11.50 per person). The cook brought the plates out and I kid you not, it was like everyone in the pub was watching to see our reaction! And the cook was very proud as he sat it down in front of us.
It was the biggest fish and chip plate I had ever seen. And it smelled A.MAZING! I looked at Van and said "I am eating every bite of this. It's a challenge". The fish was listed as Snowdonia Ale battered Haddock and came with their own special tartar sauce. Van asked for the recipe and they graciously declined. Oh well, couldn't hurt to try.
Yum, I can taste it now. Well, I lost the challenge but I was very content with my effort. I would give anything to have that pub in my town and if we ever return to North Wales you better believe we would go back!
This pub was built circa 1522 and is one of the oldest pubs in North Wales. It was built within the castle wales and is just a few yards away from the wall. And to keep up with current pubs, there is a playground for your children to play on right next to the 700 year old wall! If you are planning a trip to Caernarfon Castle or any of the others near by, stop and have a pint or some food at the Black Boy Inn, you will not be disappointed. See what others are saying about it here on Tripadvisor.