The Black Boy Inn | Dining Review

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.



Travel Tuesday


-Jamie

18 comments

  1. I was just in Wales this weekend! What a coincidence! x

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    1. Don't you just love Wales? I want to go back soon :)

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  2. We loved the Welsh ales we tried in Snowdonia when we went last year. The fish and chips look amazing! x

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    1. Omg they were sooo good! I keep begging my husband to take another trip back to Wales...he says we have to go see Scotland first. So the ales and fish will have to wait!

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  3. Yum! That fish looks amazing! I found a wonderful pub in London that also had a delicious fish and chips dish! :D

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    1. There is nothing better than a good fish and chips spot in the UK ;)

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  4. Yum, it looks so good! It seems like the perfect spot and meal to finish the day with.

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    1. You are right...it was absolute perfection :)

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  5. I'm not a huge fish and chips fan, but this looks pretty good! I'd always be willing to give it a try to see if this is THE ONE to change it all for me! ;)

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    1. This one would be the one! It was so light and mild but super delicious!

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  6. I'd love to make it to Wales soon.

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    1. You must! It has been my favorite place in the UK so far! I wasn't expecting it to be so different from England but it was :)

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  7. Sounds like the quintessential British food experience! :) The Pub definitely looks cozy!

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    1. It was the coziest pub I have been to so far! And the patrons were so friendly :)

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  8. Since leaving the UK I don't miss much ... except a decent plate of fish and chips. That'll be on the menu when I go back in May!

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    1. For sure! Luckliy you don't have to search too far for one once you return :)

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  9. Wow that looks incredible! I would love to visit that pub :)

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    1. I want to go back! It still is my favorite pub so far :)

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