The Black Boy Inn, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 4HH.

The Black Boy Inn, Milton is a gem of an English country pub, where they can promise you sensational food in stylish surroundings at prices that will encourage you back again.
Owned by the small, private pub company, Merchant Inns Plc, this gorgeous 16th Century pub is nestled on the edge of the village of Milton, next to the church yet set well back from the Milton Road which runs between Bloxham and Adderbury.

A recently completed refurbishment programme has resulted in a stunning interior entirely in keeping with the 400 year old building and you can be assured that none of the charm or country inn feel has been compromised. The long room has a real woodstove at one end and a comfortable dining room at the other. These are brought together by the bar, crafted locally in the traditional style. Solid pine furniture adds to the warm and welcoming décor. A new, conservatory-style dining room with a magnificent wall-hanging rug extends from the bar, and overlooks a gravelled courtyard. Outside there is patio seating and half an acre of landscaped gardens.

Whilst most definitely a pub with a thriving bar trade (dogs welcome) you will feel more than at home here whether popping in for a pint and a quick bar snack or lingering over a mouth watering meal with family and friends. With a serious focus on top quality food, their resident chef, Kevin Hodgkiss, offers imaginative modern British cuisine including a selection of classic pub dishes. You will find their menus changing with the seasons and taking significant advantage of local produce.

With the refurbishment, comes a new team at the helm, who are intent on ensuring that the Black Boy not only remains as an integral part of the local Milton community but also offers an unrivalled welcome to visitors from further afield. With such a fantastic setting and flexible eating space, the Black Boy Inn also makes the perfect venue for small weddings and private parties.

Their team look forward to welcoming you to the Black Boy Inn.

History of The Black Boy Inn

Over the years at the Black Boy Inn, there has been much debate as to how this lovely country inn came to gain its name. Built in the mid 16th Century, history leads them to believe that it may have been named after King Charles II who was born with a very dark complexion and was, during the civil war, sometimes referred to as ‘the black boy’. The following extract is taken from English Monarchs, The House of Stuart.

“Charles' appearance was anything but English, with his sensuous curling mouth, swarthy complexion, black hair and dark eyes, he much resembled his Italian maternal grandmother, Marie de Medici's side of the family. During his escape after the Battle of Worcester, he was referred to as 'a tall, black man' in the parliamentary wanted posters. One of the nick-names he acquired was 'the black boy'.”

However there are other stories too. Reflecting the early slave trade, there is the story of the young black boy found hiding in the cellar and also that of the local village woman who purportedly gave birth rather unexpectedly to a dark coloured child. Turning to the archives, the Banbury Museum on the other hand tells them that prior to being an inn, the Black Boy may have been a tobacconist as they used to be called Black Boys around this time.

If you have any thoughts or ideas, do let them know. The same applies to their resident ghost. None of the current team has met with her yet!

The Black Boy Inn
Banbury, Oxon, OX15 4HH.