The Black Boy, Oving

The Black Boy, Oving

Situated in the heart of rural Buckinghamshire, 5 miles north of Aylesbury, The Black Boy was built circa 1524. The original building is still standing. The front door, bar area with beams, kitchen and living accommodation can still be seen. Various extensions and outbuildings were added in the 20th Century.

The Hossle or village pond, situated at the bottom of the pub gardens, was the only source of clean running spring water in the area during drought. Farmers with sheep, cattle or horses would walk their animals from miles away to the spring, which is still as abundant today. It is rumoured that Oliver Cromwell and his New Model Army camped in the pub garden and hossle after sacking nearby Bolebec Castle at Whitchurch.

Why the name Black Boy? There are a number of similarly named pubs across the UK but the origins of the name is not clear cut. The most common belief is from when Charles II (1660-1685) was in exile his dark complexion earned him the nickname The Black Boy.

Building on the reputation that The Black Boy has been offering true hospitality for centuries, Paul Mitchell and his team are delighted to continue supporting the local community by providing a fantastic place to meet, relax and enjoy a drink and fantastic fresh, seasonal food.

Are we open?

Yes, Open as normal

Current Opening Details

It’s OFFICIAL! We’ll be reopening on July 4th! Table service only for all customers so pre-booking is highly recommended. Our staff will be available to take calls from July 1st. In the meantime, you can email us to make a reservation enquiry at Really excited to welcome back our wonderful customers!

Contact Details

Phone: 01296 641258

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