Address: 1 Wharf Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NQ
Telephone: 01962 861754
Sprawling, but cosy pub on the south-eastern side of the city centre. In my view the Black Boy is the best pub in Winchester.
It has been extended a couple of times since I first started coming here in the early 1990s and it now has many different rooms in which to find your little space to relax with friends and a drink. Each room is full of interesting bits and pieces – from stuffed animals to old bus signs, and there are many board games available at the bar. Outside there is a newer patio garden too which gets busy on sunny days.
There are a good selection of well-kept real ales on offer – some from local breweries. Expect to see beers from Flowerpots Brewery, Andwells, Itchen Valley, etc.
Food is available too, but not on Mondays. The menu may be limited but the food is very good.
The staff are very friendly and helpful – and they’ll happily call you a taxi back to the station if you need one. Some years ago they were happy for us to bring our baby daughter in and warm up her food for us. The pub now opens all day, something that didn’t used to happen.
There’s a popular table football machine in one of the bar areas, but watch out if you take on the guys who play for Hampshire – you won’t stay on very long.
Last visited: July 2013
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