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“My brother Colin & I would like to thank Peter & his team for making the Wake for our Mother Pamela Joiner a very quiet and respectful time. The finger Buffet was excellent just right, with a good selection of tasty morsels and the correct amount for our gather for family and friends.. Your friendly and welcoming approach helped in the sad passing of our Mother.
Many Thanks again

Mike Joiner



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Mike Joiner, Amersham, Buckinghamshire 08 Dec 2017

“Dear Peter,
I cannot thank you and your team enough for the Funeral Wake today for Maureen Price.
Both family and close friends were so pleased and delighted with the lovely spread you provided. It was lovely to have hot food on what seemed such a chilly day.
In addition to this the atmosphere was absolutely perfect. It was lovely that the family could move around to talk to all those that attended afterwards quite freely.
I would highly recommend this venue to anyone in the future. You and your team do go the "Extra Mile" and it was very much appreciated.
Thank you once again for a lovely afternoon. It made the day some what lighter.
With Many Thanks
Moira ”

Moira Tonge, Croxley Green 27 Nov 2017

“Hi Peter
Just to say how much we appreciate your fantastic place.
Dads wake on the 14th November 2017 was well attended at your great place, I'm so pleased we had it at the Black Boy, you and your staff were fantastic on a difficult day for me
Every felt so comfortable there I think the word cozy and homely come to mind !!!!!!

It was nice to return last Thurs eve for a nice social on my own for a hour or so , love the Bud Light !!!!!
I cannot believe I have lived in Garston since 1989 and never ventured to the BB
Will definitely be my " Local " from now

Hope to see you this week

All the best

Tony B ”

Tony Bourke, Garston , Kingswood 26 Nov 2017

“Thank you Peter and staff for looking after us so well following my dad's funeral yesterday. The buffet was really good and plentiful and the bar staff were very friendly and efficient. Many thanks. ”

Sue 03 Nov 2017

“A big Thank You to Peter and all he's staff for looking after us at Mums funeral wake yesterday.
Very grateful for you hosting us on a Friday and at 5pm ( realise this can be a busy time for you normally)
The set up out the back on the decking area was superb, food was plentiful, and everybody that attended said it was a wonderful set up for a gathering like this.
Please pass on my thanks to the ladies behind the bar Peter. There service was polite and professional and always with a smile.😊

Thanks again
Nick Champion. ”

Nick Champion, Fleet, Hants 15 Jul 2017

“I hadn't drank in this Pub since i was a teenager and as i was near and fancied a beer i thought why not try an old haunt of mine in the past. I found it to be a pleasant place to have a pint.
The Staff were welcoming and polite and chatty which made the fact that i was on my own easier. There was a good variety of beers to be had and they all tasted good.
Next time i am in the area i will definitely add this to my list ”

Ralph Ainsworth, Portsmouth Hants 24 Jun 2017

“My Mum and I would like to say a big thank you to Pete and staff for opening early for our family and friends to gather after Henry Nichols's Funeral on Tuesday 6th June.

The buffet provided was very good, plentiful and reasonably priced and the friendly service was exceptional. The gathering was made even more special with family photos showing on the big screen and music playing which were all my Dad's favourites.

Thank you so much to all at The Black Boy. ”

Cathy, Rickmansworth 11 Jun 2017

“We mainly chose The Black Boy as a venue as it was not far from Watford crematorium. With family and friends coming from different parts of the country it made sense to keep the traveling to a minimum.
The Black Boy is an old traditional pub with a county feel, it’s spotless and has a warm ambiance. We ordered food for 35 people which was well presented, variable and tasty. The landlord and staff were charming and the service exceptional.
In addition the locals accepted us and were friendly and polite.
I have no hesitation in recommending The Black Boy as a venue or as place to drop in for a pint, and thank the landlord for his hospitality. ”

John Fountain, St. Albans 05 Jun 2017

“Thank you to all the staff at The Black Boy for the efficient and friendly service for the wake of Amber Payne on 24th May 2017. There was plenty of buffet style food to cater for our 50 guests and I would recommend The Black Boy to others. ”

Wendy Purcell, Luton, Bedfordshire 30 May 2017

“I wish to thank all the staff for the sympathetic and wonderful way in which they organised the wake for Maureen Monahan on the 4th. April. The food was perfect and the atmosphere was just right. Although a sad occasion for all family and friends the staff helped turn the wake into a joyous occasion celebrating Maureen's life.
My thanks again. and I have no hesitation in recommending your venue ”

Derrick Monahan, South Oxhey Watford 05 Apr 2017

“Thanks you to everyone at the Black Boy especially Peter for the efficient and friendly service in providing food and drink for my father's wake yesterday. The food was good and as mentioned by others the choice of music when we arrived really settled us in. Thanks again Steve ”

Steve, Edlesborough 18 Jan 2017

“Dear Peter

Thank you very much for your help with the wake after Rudy Seeliger's funeral. In the run up to the event you kept in touch with us so we knew you were on the ball, and you dealt very well with our piecemeal arrival at the Black Boy. You were very welcoming and we're all very grateful.

Many thanks
The Seeliger Family ”

The Seeliger Family 14 Sep 2016

“Many thanks to Peter and his friendly staff for providing a good spread of food and excellent service for my wife's uncle's wake on August 24. It is an excellent venue, very easy to reach from the West Herts Crematorium and nice beer too. The dedicated playlist was a nice touch as well. Many thanks. ”

Jim Sweetman, Bury St Edmunds 25 Aug 2016

“Many thanks to Peter and his staff for arranging my husbands wake at The Black Boy on 24th June 2016. the location was recommended to us and is ideal for anyone using the West Herts Crematorium. There was plenty of buffet style food to cater for our 50 guests and we would not hesitate to use the Black Boy again, hopefully for a happier occasion.

Thank you Peter

regards Denise & Karen
Garston ”

Denise, Garston 11 Jul 2016

“Dear Peter
Thank you so much for the wake ,you provided for my wifes funeral last tuesday,the buffet was plentiful and everyone loved the surroundings and the ambience of your lovely oldy worldy pub,hopefully i shall visit you again under more happier circumstances.

many thanks

steve ”

Steve Eliott, Rickmansworth 11 Jul 2016

“A big thank you to peter and his staff,for the wake they provided for my fathers funeral.
They opened early for us,as our funeral was at 10.30am and laid on a traditional buffet and even had a playlist of our requested music to greet us on our arrival.a very big thank you.

joanne ”

Joanne Aliss, Dartmouth 11 Jul 2016

“Our thanks to Peter and his staff at the Black Boy, where we recently held our mothers wake. Peter and his pub were recommended locally. He and his staff were very warm and welcoming, and couldn't do enough for us. The buffet they supplied suited all our tastes , was lovely and well presented. We couldn't have asked for anything more. We would definitely recommend Peter and the Black Boy for any occasion .
Many thanks again. ”

Paul Lombard, Kent 14 Jun 2016

“A belated but sincere thank you to Peter and his team for providing a huge buffet and a warm welcome for my mothers wake last December. It was a really lovely environment and we were really happy with everything they did for us. I would recommend them to anyone. ”

Jenny Lopez, Harpenden 27 Feb 2016

“Thank you to Peter and all the staff for helping us arrange and hold the wake for my Mums passing. The location is great, the pub is warm and welcoming, the staff friendly and the food superb. The garden outside is well maintained and well equipped for those wishing to smoke or to have 5 minutes private time. Peter couldnt do enough for us and ensured that all was running smoothly. Thanks all for making a hard and difficult day a little better.”

Sara Marioni, Buckinghamshire 24 Feb 2016

“Yesterday Peter and his staff opened their doors to us at 11oclock and provided us with hot sandwiches, cakes,coffee and a welcoming smile. These special arrangements were made for my family who were traveling from different parts of the country to meet prior to attending our uncles funeral. I cant thank Peter enough.”

Diane, Wakefield West Yorkshire 10 Jun 2015

“Many thanks to Peter and his staff for the excellent way in which they managed my wifes funeral reception on the 21st May. There was over 100 people at the wake with plenty of food on offer which was excellent value for money. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Les Moody, Hemel Hempstead 24 May 2015

“Booked a funeral wake here - they were able to accommodate us at short notice, and also for an early arrival at 10am. Buffet food was lovely and well presented. Peter also had the facilities for us to bring an ipod and plug this into the pubs music system so we could listen to my Mums favourite tunes. Would definately recommend this place and thank you for the great service!”

Jasmine Abbey, United Kingdom 21 May 2015

“The Black Boy recently catered for refreshments, at short notice, after a funeral at West Herts Crematorium. Food was very good in quality and quantity. Service and surroundings equally good. Cost was extremely reasonable. Thanks to Peter and his staff. Highly recommended.”

Michael Clay, Chorleywood, Herts 25 Jan 2015

“We recently had our friends funeral gathering at The Black Boy after her committal at Garston Crematorium. It was an ideal venue. We were met by Peter and his team who were very friendly and welcoming and we were very well catered for. There was a good selection of snacks and plenty to go round. Part of the bar area was set aside especially for our group which made it quite personal. We would highly recommend the Black Boy.”

Joe & Kath Clague, Park Street 15 Jan 2015

“A good location for a gathering after attending West Herts crematorium. We were very well looked after by the team, the food was excellent and the space reserved for our group was just right.”

304PW, London 29 Oct 2013

“We had a reception after a funeral ceremony at the BB recently. It was great value, but more that that, Peter and his staff could not have been more helpful. As far as one can, we all enjoyed the time at the BB. Many thanks.”

Dr Clive Grace, Abergavenny 15 Sep 2013

“My dad used to own the grocery shop at the Bricket Wood Parade from 1972-1982, and during which time I had very fond memories of growing up in this small town. Since 1982 we have lived in San Francisco and recently I visited The Black Boy with my 9 year old son, and it brought back so many wonderful memories. So many things have changed at the Bricket Wood Parade, but I was please to see the Pub was still there. Thank you for memories....CHEERS!”

Vijay Patel, San Francisco 07 Aug 2013

“Dear Landlord, on 7th July 2013 several of us Leighton Buzzard lads came over for the Sunday afternoon music session with Maxwell,Hammer & Smith.We had a weeks long celebration for my 65th and rounded it up at your wonderful premises. All of us couldnt believe what a lovely pub and gardens you have. The afternoon was amazing. Your staff, the service, the bar-b-q, the beer and the band all truly superb. A credit to you all. Needless to say, WE WILL BE BACK! Regards Nick”

Nick Hartwig, Leighton Buzzard 25 Jul 2013

“Many thanks to Peter and his staff for the excellent way in which they managed my fathers funeral reception on 18th December. There was plenty of food and it was excellent value for money. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Dawn Beaumont, dawnbeaumont@ntlworld.com 28 Dec 2012

“We recently held a wake at the Black Boy. This was a difficult time for us but Peter and his staff were really super. Very helpful, sympathetic and efficient. Excellent buffet and reasonable prices. Well done and Thankyou. We would definately recommend the Black Boy.”

Brian Saunders, Garston 10 Nov 2012

“I used the Black Boy for my fathers wake. I would like to thank Peter and all those at the Black Boy for their hospitality and understanding. The relaxed atmosphere, high quality buffet and pleasant surroundings were all very welcome at this sad time. Highly recommended.”

James Hudson, South Oxhey 24 Oct 2012

“A mega thank you to Peter and everyone at the Black Boy who arranged the wake for my neighbour Sybil yesterday. Its not often that absolutely everyone who attends the wake comes and tells you how nice it was and what a wonderful spread it was too, but they did this time, every single person. So many thanks Peter for the great job you did and for the usual smiles and helpfulness from all your people :-)”

Beverley, Bricket Wood 20 Oct 2012

“On behalf of everyone who attended my fathers funeral last Thursday I would like to thank Peter and staff for arranging an excellent buffet and for being so very helpful and welcoming.I would certainly recommend The Black Boy.”

Louise Cook, Hertfordshire 10 Sep 2012

“Thank you for your lovley hospitality after my fathers funeral on the 16th May. The food and drink was fantastic. Well done to the excellent staff (Peter and Julie). Well recommended. Thank you again David Dunn”

David Dunn 22 May 2012

“Thanks to all at the Black Boy for calm and reassuring hospitality following my brothers funeral at nearby West Herts crematorium. Very efficient, good spread especially tea and coffee given the weather conditions, and pub setting just right for occasion. Nice people and excellent value. If the Black Boy was my local, I would be a very happy man.”

John Francis, Hemel Hempstead/St Albans 10 Feb 2012

“Greetings from good reminder to the owners and guests of the Black Boy. I was with my friend Kevin liked there to have a beer. If I am once again in Watford, Im certainly over - hopefully. All the best Hans-Peter Bludau from Lünen near Dortmund / Germany”

Hans-Peter Bludau 10 Jan 2012

“Thanks very much for helping us out at such short notice for my Dads funeral last Tuesday 29th November ! Im so happy you accepted me making the sandwiches and bringing them in, and for clearing up after us ! That was brilliant. I look forward to coming to have a drink at the Black Boy during the summer, Ill bring my mum with me, well drink to my Dads health again when we go to visit the grounds across the road. Cheers”

Marion Tomsett, Watford 02 Dec 2011

“Always a pleasure to try out your real ales as I am a CAMRA member. The Black Boy has a great happy atmosphere, and the staff are friendly and helpful.”

Sally Sutton, watford 21 Oct 2011

“after returning to Bricket Wood, since when I attended Mt Pleasant Lane School, 1946-49, when we lived at 39 Bucknalls Drive ( Hamilton fam. ), I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the landlord / lady at the Black Boy, who made my nostalgic journey so pleasant, with good ale and food, although the TV sets were not in situ when I ast used the pub in 1959 just before I completed my indentured appren. with odhams Press, Lon. offices.The lane seemed to be much as it was then when as a schoolboy aged 6 - 9, I used to walk along it to nearby woods and footpaths. Long may it remain as also the Old Bricket. Well done with the war signage which I still await details of. Yours respectfully, Geoffrey Hamilton ( all the then generation of Hamiltons are now sadly deceased. I am 72, but not fading, just yet ) Good Luck !! ”

GEOFFREY EDWARD DIXON-HAMILTON, northampton, england 17 Jul 2011

“thank you peter and his staff for the wonderful,reception we recieved at the black boy after the funeral of my brother on the 26th october, it really did impress myself and the members of my family.what a wonderful place to celebrate brians life,"THANK YOU VERY MUCH" Jackie Bartlett”

jackie bartlett 01 Dec 2010

“Tuesday 17 August 2010 Thanks very much to Peter and his staff for treating us so well after my brothers funerial. The food, service and location where perfect for this sad occasion. Many thanks again June & Roger Norman”

June Norman, Abbots Langley 24 Aug 2010

“thank you so much to pete & his staff for the way you treated us following my fathers funeral on 8th June. the food was perfect and the hospitality was second to none - you made a difficult day easier to deal with, hopefully well see you again under better circumstances, thanks once again, sharon & paul seamons”

sharon & paul seamons 18 Jul 2010

“peter and his staff Thank you so much for the way you treated us all after the funeral of my father,the food laid on was superb and the service you provided was second to none,it made our lives a lot easier during what was a very sad time for us,i do hope we can visit you again but under much happier circumstances,once again thank you for your kindness and hospitality. joan and derek blackley”

joan blackley 16 May 2010

“On the 13th May we brought family and friends to the Blackboy after a funeral at the West Herts Crematorium. There were about 30 of us altogether and we were overwhelmed at the location itself. but especially the welcome we received from Peter and his staff. Some of us were locals, but many were over from Ireland so it was especially nice to be able to show just how good our local hospitality is! The food was excellent and plentiful and the service second to none.We wouldnt hesitate to recommend the Blackboy. Thankyou Peter ”

Pat Medlin and Greg Marsh 14 May 2010

“Following the recent funeral service of our daughter at the nearby crematorium we held a buffet lunch at The Black Boy in Brickett Wood. We cannot praise highly enough the kindness and empathy shown by the landlord Pete. All of our guests commented on the charm of this old inn and in particular the excellent buffet lunch provided for us. Once again Pete many thanks for your kindness and warm hospitality Best Wishes David & Jean Faulkner”

David Faulkner, Bedford 05 May 2010

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