The Black Boy Hotel
Sudbury is a gateway to Stour Valley, a bustling market town filled with the historic architectural relics of a prolific silk and textile trade. Used as a location for television dramas and surrounded by beautiful countryside that inspired Constable’s paintings, it provides an ideal base for walking holidays. A welcome addition to central Sudbury, The Black Boy Hotel is a stylish establishment offering quality accommodation and a chic modern eatery.
The venue has served the market town as a traditional tavern for decades, and its central location has ensured a steady stream of custom. Today, the timbered building has undergone a modern refurbishment that has drawn a fresh clientele looking to eat, drink and be merry in style. Six real ales and six draught beers are available at the bar, from traditional English bitters to hoppy and characterful craft IPAs. The incredibly extensive, award-winning wine list demonstrates the care taken to source quality brands from around the globe. Traditional ciders are served from the tap, and a large selection of premium spirits is available, some so exclusive they are kept in a special cabinet. The list of cocktails is imaginative, and includes The Black Boy’s Bloody Mary, made with home-infused chilli and garlic vodka.
The food menu features all the classic pub favourites transformed by innovative ingredients and delicious additions. You could warm up your appetite with the moreish starter of nachos, made with Tyrrell’s chilli and jalapeño chips, melted cheese, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. The beer-battered fish is a winning main course, served with chunky chips, pea purée, and homemade tartare sauce that has become the talk of the town. Elsewhere, the slow-braised barbecue ribs with corn and coleslaw, and the lamb’s liver with bacon and mash are sure to appeal. Make sure you look to the dessert menu for the likes of sticky toffee pudding with custard, and sugary churros served with hot dipping chocolate.
Overnight guests are well catered for by the small and passionate team who manage seven letting rooms. The characterful and quirky rooms are perfectly sized, and the comfortable doubles have slick en-suite shower rooms. State of the art coffee machines, big fluffy white towels, and rooms with views of the bustling High Street are some of the little extras that make for a memorable stay.