I hadn't experienced the Blacks Head Inn before and from the sounds of reviews it was a lucky escape. However, now under new management since October 2012, new life has been breathed into this 18th century village pub in Bletchingdon. If you're looking for the Blacks Head Inn in Bletchington, you're still in the right place. Some signs to the village have one name and some have another. Don means hill and Ton means village and this old argument on the correct name for the village is an unusual quirk.
The Blacks Head Inn is situated directly opposite the village green and has a decent sized carpark and beer garden for a sunny day. Inside, it was pretty quiet for a Friday lunchtime but it was mid January. As soon as I arrived with toddler, baby and my parents, the wood burning open fire was quickly lit. The crackle and pop of the fire and welcoming warmth immediately created the right kind of atmosphere.
For lunch we chose sausages and chips from their children's menu as well as a three cheese panini and Brie and bacon paninis for my parents. The sausages were of good quality and quickly gobbled up by my son. I was really impressed with my panini. The cheddar, Roquefort and Brie had all melted but still retained their individual layers and the fresh salad and a few crisps on the side were an ideal accompaniment. My parents have eaten here previously and recommended the soup of the day. The food on offer is definitely a step above standard pub grub without being a gastro pub.
The Blacks Head Inn is still very much a local village pub where you would be comfortable to pop in for a pint or a game of pool but at the same time you would be equally comfortable grabbing a bit to eat.