Photo of Black Boy

grid reference TL 873 413

opened 18th century

owner Greene King

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(Times last updated 23/05/2016)

regular real ales

GK Abbot, IPA, other changing GK beers

listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Sudbury is Babergh

CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.

last updated 21/01/2020

Sudbury Black Boy

previously known as: Bull Inn

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

7 Market Hill, CO10 2EA

01787 379046

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A historic building that has been refurbished and changes have been made to make the most of what The Black Boy has to offer, such as extending the bar so that it can now cater for the seven real ales and craft ciders that are on draught.

Though it’s newly refurbished, The Black Boy still has a traditional inn feel.

“With two log burners we plan on keeping you warm and cosy for the rest of the winter. Sink in to a sofa, sample some ale, have a glass of wine or a great cup of coffee and sample some of our traditional pub fayre.”

A real ale loyalty card, open to all, is being launched that will take 40p a pint off the full retail price on a Wednesday all day. Camra members can have a 20p per pint discount off the full retail price on real ales at all times on production of a membership card.

The Black Boy has a tasty menu of pub classics using local produce. The menu includes relaxed meals that will definitely fill a hole, such as The Black Boy cheese and bacon burger, king prawn and chorizo linguine and Slow braised bbq ribs, served with coleslaw, corn on the cob and skinny fries. It's also open for breakfast daily from 9-11am.

Seven en-suite letting rooms are available and there is a large outside courtyard seating area.

A Victorian brewery was located on this site.

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 0.3 mile away Railway station about 0.3 mile away (see public transport tab for details)

payable WiFi WiFi available (a charge may apply)

parking parking

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Although such signs of a black boy usually today portray a quaint picture of a sweep in Dickensian costume - in the 17th cent. the fashion for negro servants e.g. pageboys was also quite common for the wealthy.