Located within Caernarfon's historic town walls, this fine 16th-century inn has low ceilings,…
Black Boy Inn
“A beer lover's dream within Caernarfon's historic walls”
Character oozes from the very fabric of this ancient gabled inn, built around 1522, making it one of the oldest in Wales. Its fire-warmed, low-ceilinged rooms remain in place thanks to beams and struts rescued from old ships. In the largely Welsh-speaking bar, 20 taps feature cask and keg beers from some of the leading independent breweries, favourites being Camden Town and Flying Dog, the far more local Purple Moose in Porthmadog, and Llandudno's Great Orme. Meat and other products are generally locally sourced, and dishes from the long menu might include deep-fried fishcake; chef's special lamb pie; mozzarella and sundried tomato chicken breast; and slow-cooked blade of beef. The well-proportioned bedrooms are ideal for those wishing to stay and explore Mount Snowdon, the Lleyn Peninsula or ride on the Welsh Highland Railway.
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About the area
The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.
Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.
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