Ye Olde Black Boy, Hull

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FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
One of England's most geographically isolated cities, Hull is full of excellent and (to most of the rest of the country) undiscovered pubs, with "three-pinters" two-a-penny. However, the Black Boy is a little gem, despite (or perhaps because of) its wonderful shabbiness - not to mention the great choice of guest beer and several recent CAMRA recommendations. Licensed in the 1720s and Grade II listed, it is the definitive old-style English boozer, but with a hint of exoticism - as the name suggests - and danger. The building dates from 1331 and has served variously as a fishmonger's, a corn merchant's and a brothel in its time. Yes, it's dank and dimly lit, allegedly haunted, a former smuggling den (we are told that it is still connected to the nearby River Hull by underground passages) with limited facilities and somewhat perfunctory catering - which latter two points we feel for the moment preclude a five-pint rating. What's more, it is a trove of antiquity of the like we have rarely seen before, although it is a pity that some display items including authentic weapons and slave-trade artefacts (not that we condone such practices, it is understood) have recently been removed. But that is a minor gripe at what is otherwise a splendid pub. If you are in Hull, we suggest you visit this one - make sure you check out the "Smoking Room" and, when it's reopened, the upstairs area.
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150 High Street, Hull, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1PS
01482 326516
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Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun 11:00-22:30
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