Once a literary hub frequented by the likes of CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Lewis Carrol in the 1930s, The Black Boy Pub and Restaurant , has long been known for a quirky and honest approach to food and hospitality.
Now, the landmark is further enhanced with the launch of five en-suite bedrooms that encapsulate the signature quirk and history of the building.
Abigail Rose and Chris Bentham took over the iconic 1930’s Black Boy pub in 2008, giving it a new lease of life.
Each room is superbly equipped along with essential amenities (tea and coffee making facilities), along with those little extras that enhance a stay; luxurious beds, fluffy bathrobes and an honesty bar.
Abigail and Chris have worked on the project for over a year and wanted to nod to the building’s rich history in their design.
It is all about the detail; from hand-made mosaic key tags and matching room numbers to contemporary, abstract art by local artists.
Branded coat hangers, seasonal fruit placed in hand-crafted concrete vessels and up cycled furniture in each room. The bedrooms consist of four king-size beds and one double all with en-suite bathrooms.
The Black Boy is located in old Headington, a conservation area 2.5 miles from Oxford’s city centre, and sits well placed for the A40; the gateway to the Cotswolds.
Abigail and Chris have wowed customers, journalists and foodies alike with their superb gastro pub food, top-notch service and award-winning garden over the years and are now excited to extend the indulgent experience they offer through launching their luxury bedrooms.
They have both worked with top chefs Raymond Blanc and Paul Heathcote and still describe
Monsieur Blanc as their mentor and he regularly visits. On his last visit in June where the couple showed him around the bedrooms, he firmly gave his seal of approval and said he couldn’t wait to come and stay.
Over the years the pub has built up a fantastic reputation both locally and nationally for providing high quality gastro pub food at affordable prices whilst providing outstanding service.
Abigail said: “We now feel that we are a destination venue – we offer the whole luxury experience: gastro food, superb service, beautiful rooms and relaxing surroundings in a district of historic Oxford.
“Chris and I have wanted to add bedrooms to our offering since we took the pub over in 2008 and we have finally done it.
“We want to appeal to everyone, the business market during the week, parents who visit children at the university, relatives visiting family at the JR Hospital and of course tourists who want to explore beautiful Oxford and the surrounding area.”