The Black Boy was the first venture from hospitality entrepreneur, David Nicholson. Inspired by his thirst for great drinking spots and knowledge of the industry, he opened The Black Boy in 1995. In the 22 years since, The Black Boy has proved time and time again that you can’t beat a traditional British pub. The pub is brilliantly positioned on Wharf Hill, tucked away from the bustling High Street, but close enough to all of Winchester’s main attractions. It’s within walking distance of the famous Winchester College and the historically renowned medieval Wolvesey Castle.
Featuring four or five home-cooked meals, the daily changing menu showcases a tasty range of British pub fare like the classic beefburger. Alongside the daily specials, you can choose from a selection of classic sandwiches made using wholemeal or white freshly baked bread, which is delivered daily from the local bakery. Packed to the brim with delicious fillings such as fish fingers and Coronation chicken, the sandwiches are served with a choice of chips or homemade soup. The traditional Sunday roasts are probably what The Black Boy is best known for. The pub doesn’t take bookings, so we would recommend arriving early before they sell out. The team offers a choice of lamb, chicken and beef and there’s always a tempting vegetarian option available.
The bar offers five real ales on tap, which are sourced locally from Hampshire breweries wherever possible. The bijoux wine selection is expertly chosen, but The Black Boy’s separate gin bar, featuring over 70 different gins, sets it apart from other local pubs. The friendly staff are always on-hand to help you choose. Anyone who has been to The Black Boy will enthuse about the decor of this quirky and eccentric pub; the walls are adorned with stuffed animals, model aeroplanes, books and firemen’s buckets. There’s a cloistered, heated garden, and dogs are welcome inside and out. This charming pub is the perfect place to visit throughout the year, regardless of the weather.