WE'VE looked at what real diners have to say about their experience at The Black Boy in Headington, after a large party sent threats of bad reviews after they managed to book a table despite the restaurant being closed.

On TripAdvisor, one of the world’s most visited travel websites, the eatery has racked up an average of four-bubbles review score.

IT COMES AFTER: The Black Boy in Headington blackmailed with bad reviews

Dozens have given the owners a big thumbs up, praising the foodie favourites, excellent service and friendly staff.

One reveller, going by the name of Phillip, wrote: “Clean, cosy, great good, mulled cider was very good. Good location, friendly atmosphere. Reasonably prices food, good choice of menu for all pallets. The rustic furniture in need of some attention, overall good place to visit.”

Sending the review on behalf of a seven-year-old, another diner praised the menu’s tempting treats which were perfect for those with some extra requirements.

He wrote: “Every time I come here there is always something gluten free new on the menu. Their chips are the best in Oxford. Solly, age 7.”

When the pub was first re-opened back in 2008, an Oxford Mail review praised the hidden gem.

The inside was hailed as a gastro pub clean and clinical interior, rather than a spit-and-sawdust boozer.

However, not all diners have been in such high spirits after leaving the award-winning restaurant.

Leaving three bubbles, the anonymous diner ranted about his visit back in November.

The disgruntled reveller wrote: “Seven of us ate here. Was really looking forward to it as the food before has been amazing. Wasn’t that busy, however the Sunday lunch we had wasn’t very good. Three meals had to be sent back because they were cold. Another was just edible and veg was hard. The lunch was very bland in flavour. The dessert was flavourless. I will always go back, Just a disappointment today.”

In 2017, the gastropub secured another year in the highly-coveted Michelin Guide.

Abigail Wyatt-Rose is the owner and runs the pub with her business partner Chris Bentham, who have both been mentored by one of Britain’s most respected chefs, Raymond Blanc, the owner of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton.

The pub in Old High Street, which opened its hotel in July this year, bills itself as providing well-priced homemade food with artisan bread and traditional pub fayre including homemade pork scratchings.

Inside the pub, managers decided to support artists and craftspeople with space to sell their art work, at zero per cent commission.