Nestled in rural Buckinghamshire just north of Aylesbury is the small village of Oving. It’s about an hour’s drive from HP10 and can be reached either by driving along the picturesque A413 from Amersham through Aylesbury, or take the M40 to J7 (adds another 10 miles to the journey but can be quicker) then follow the very scenic country lanes to Oving.
There are so many pretty villages in the heart of Buckinghamshire but Oving caught our eye because of the Black Boy pub, which has great reviews, so we thought we would check it out for ourselves. We booked a table for 12 noon on a Saturday and expected this quaint 16 th century pub to be empty but, in fact, it was full, so if you visit we would definitely recommend booking a table first.
The pub is situated in Church Road next to All Saints church which has been serving the parish for over 700 years. Displayed inside this quaint church are beautiful kneelers which have been lovingly made by the parishioners; they really brighten up the inside of the church. Church Road is also the home of many typically English olde-worlde cottages, some with thatched roofs, with their quintessential roses around the door.
There are many footpath walks in this area, with one beginning from the pub’s car park. Of course, being Summer 2016, it had been raining and was very muddy, so we didn’t walk this particular day but plan on returning soon.
There are plenty of things to see and do around Oving and the village of Quainton is just a few miles away. Here you will find the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre which is a working steam train museum and often the home of Thomas the Tank Engine. Another attraction is Waddesdon Manor (National Trust), which has almost daily events for the whole family in August.
The Black Boy pub is independently owned and managed by the friendly and welcoming Paul and Sarah Mitchell. The view from the large pub garden is spectacular, and there are plenty of tables to choose from to admire the scenery.
We were tempted by the warm pork crackling & apple sauce which was delicious. If you love pork scratchings this will be right up your street. The menu is varied with a deli board where you can create your own sharing platters, baguettes, pub classics and pizzas such as BBQ beef & red onion or spinach & feta (gluten free options are available).
We opted for the frito misto and fishcake, followed by a 9oz steak burger and ham, egg & chips. All were really well presented and very tasty. We shouldn’t have had dessert but how could we resist the crumble with rhubarb & custard ice cream; superb!
There’s a 10% discount scheme for those of you working for the emergency services, armed forces, teaching, caring, nursing etc. Paintings by local artists grace the walls (available to purchase) and the pub host regular quiz nights, plus you can hire out the Black Boy for private functions. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and can highly recommend visiting this lovely pub in our beautiful bucks.