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The Black Boy

#126 of 470 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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91 Old High Street | OX3 9HT, Oxford OX3 9HT, England
+44 1865 741137
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having checked the menu online before booking, we were delighted to see such an array of veggie and fish dishes. We thought 'At last! Someone who takes veggie seriously.' Sadly, while there were quite a few options, the halloumi burger was extremely average and the fish and chips were served on a too small board (yawn) and the fish was... More 

Thank Kizzmette
Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a long week, we hoped for a peaceful and relaxing night out with good food, drink and service. The Black Boy delivered on all of these objectives. Perfect setting for those seeking a romantic night out and good value for money. One of the best kept secrets in Oxford.

1 Thank John G
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked for Valentines Day but could not get there until later as had doctor's appointment, so reserved a table for 9. Arrived at 9:17, no one on reception, place fairly quiet for Valetine's Day and no apparent atmosphere. Unsmiling manager came out and told us we were too late as the kitchen closed at 9:15. I thought he must be... More 

1 Thank ascender2
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193 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was familiar to our family and we were impressed on our first visit. The service was very friendly and efficient and we loved the food, which was just that little bit different from what is normally offered at this kind of establishment. It was a cold evening and we would have preferred it if the restaurant were a... More 

1 Thank TiffanyBeaconsfield
Oxford, United Kingdom
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261 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We last ate here about 4 years ago and had a delicious meal so we were looking forward to a return visit. Sadly, we were very disappointed by our most recent visit. Bizarrely, one of our party had his food served on a cold plate which the waiter brought to our table using a cloth, remarking "be careful, it's hot".... More 

Thank chocolocomama
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We recently had our works annual Christmas lunch at the Black Boy. Extremely disappointed! It cost us all £26 each plus service charge for the most lack lustre meal I have ever had. Apart from taking for ever (which on a lunchtime you would think places are geared up to serve you promptly knowing you are a work party)the food... More 

2 Thank TK S
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Always packed, book ahead to avoid disappointment. The best, freshest, fattest mussels I have ever had in my life in a moules frites (so much better than Cote). The menu changes frequently, make yourself a regular!

Thank Bourdain_ftw
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The staff and service were fab! The waiting staff were attentive, polite and helpful. The food was really good and very reasonably priced. Will definitely be going back, especially to sample more of the delicious desert menu!

1 Thank Poppy B
Mouresi, Greece
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Amazing pub to have a dinner or lunch .It's really well decorated and very friendly staff ! The food is really amazing and delicious .worth te visit to this pub !

Thank Efthymios T
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I came for dinner with my friend, it was amazing food, quick service and the waiters/waitresses were so friendly and welcoming, they made the experience great! The food came out quickly too! Lots of varieties and food, drinks and desserts! Would extremely recommend! 😊

Thank Chloe D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91 Old High Street | OX3 9HT, Oxford OX3 9HT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 741137

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?