For years I have driven through the cross roads in Headington, never giving thought as to what may lie down the road to my right as I headed towards town, until one day I was told that The Black Boy was a great place to eat in Oxford. Intrigued, I investigated.
Old Headington is a leafy backwater in Oxford that is off the beaten track, and also home to the Black Boy gastro-pub. Upon entry to this pub, what greets you is modern decor and a vibrant atmosphere.
In terms of food, the menu is well thought out and full of enticing options. I opted for the crayfish risotto to start from the specials board, which came as a perfect entrée sized portion and tasted as nice as it looked.
Despite the more glamorous offerings on the menu I opted for the beer battered fish and chips. Maybe it’s just me (it probably is) but I always think a pub menu should pay homage to fish and chips, and the Black Boy does so with style with the pea and mint purée offering a modern twist on this classic dish.
On top of all this, the majority of the main courses are priced under £10 – great value for money proving stylish food, in stylish surroundings doesn’t need to be pricey.
All in all, a definite must-check out Pub in Oxford.
Food of the Ox rating 9/10