Black Boys Inn Review

  • Address: Henley Road
  • Town and County: Hurley , Berkshire
  • Country: England

The Black Boys Inn at Hurley is a charming 16th Century refurbished Inn with eight en-suite rooms of individual character with Original Beams, and water from our own well. Recently refurbished as a dining pub. Just a stone’s throw away is a towpath along an attractive stretch of the river Thames. The Black Boys Inn has evolved into an outstanding Michelin / A.A recognised restaurant with elegant but uncomplicated food. AA 2 rosettes. Main courses might include:- Roasted Rack of local Venison, Autumn Vegetables, Rowanberry sauce, Fresh Pan roast Skate wing with Caper & Orange Fondue, Slow Cooked Rump of Lamb with Chestnut Honey & Confit of Garlic and Slow Roast Tamworth Pig Belly with Cider Gravy. Brakespeares ales. Garden. Good walks nearby.

In one of the most beautiful parts of the Chilterns, the Black Boys Inn specialises in French home cooking as evolved by women chefs, the famous ‘Mères de Lyons’, over the past two centuries: simple – and simply delicious – dishes prepared with passion and great generosity of spirit.

The restaurant is in a charming 16th century coaching inn on land once owned by Hurley Abbey. In the 17th century its name became the Black Boy Inn to commemorate the secret visit of Prince Charles, later Charles II, fleeing from the Roundheads after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651; ‘Black Boy’ because Charles inherited a swarthy complexion from his Medici grandmother; and was always toasted as such by his Royalist supporters for the rest of the Civil War.

While nearby Henley was Parliamentarian, the villages of Hurley and Hambleden were staunchly Royalist so the prince knew he could count on them for temporary asylum.

Whether visiting the area for a day out, staying for a short break or business meeting, you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. The many picturesque villages, historic towns, country walks, bustling market towns and warm Chiltern hospitality make it a place that visitors will want to return to again and again.