Review on The Black Boy

The Black Boy is a smart gastro-pub built in the 1930's, sited on the corner of Old High Street and Barton Lane in a residential area of Headington village, a short drive from Oxford city. This award-winning venture is owned by Chris Bentham and Abigail Rose who met while working for Raymond Blanc, he mans the stoves while she adeptly manages front of house. The dining room is a stylish affair with contemporary wallpaper, tables laid with crisp white linen set against black leather chairs on a modern dark wood flooring. The enterprising Black Boy also holds fortnightly jazz nights on Thursdays, a Kids Kitchen on Sundays, as well as a monthly Adults Kitchen.

Chris showcases a menu of fresh and flavourful choices that relies on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Kick off with Clonakilty black pudding with a soft poached egg, pancetta and micro herbs or fish fans might opt for the Blue swimmer crab cakes with tomato, chilli and coriander salsa, herb salad. Main courses on offer could be prosciutto wrapped cod loin with a mild curry sauce and Spring vegetables or slow roast pork belly, garlic and thyme mash, seasonal greens and cider jus. To finish expect sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream or dark chocolate and Grand Marnier tart with orange tuille and vanilla ice cream.

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Gastro pub / British


Christopher Bentham

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.00 - 11.30am (8.30 - 11.30am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 though until
Dinner: 9.30pm (8.30pm Sun)

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Facilities at The Black Boy

  • Alfresco dining
  • 74 covers


Accomodation is available, (5 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Black Boy
91 Old High Street

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