Blacks Hotel in Ophir has reinvented itself.
On August 1, an enthusiastic quartet took over the hotel and they soon became the talk of the town.
An executive chef, an interior designer, an entrepreneur and a Naked Scotsman now own this iconic art deco country hotel, restaurant and pub. Their goal was to make Blacks a destination for the community. Three months in and the changes are to be applauded. Suddenly, life has been pumped into the building. Customers are greeted with a smile and often a guided tour of the newly refurbished rooms. Rail-trailers are treated to cool towels and a complimentary welcome drink on arrival.
The newly decorated bedrooms all have en-suite facilities and each room has its own theme. Choose a night in Hot Jock or the Gamekeeper’s rooms. Each and every room will bring a smile to your face and word is certainly getting around.
“A week ago, a party of six called from Australia and requested the rooms by name,” said Sam Stoddart, the interior designer of the Blacks proprietors team. “They had been recommended the hotel by some Australian rail-trailers who had experienced Blacks the previous week.”
And that’s it – Blacks is an experience; beautifully presented meals by executive chef Jocelyn Dixon paired with local wines and beers. Salads and herbs plucked from the garden and local produce in abundance.
Gardens have appeared for you to sit in and relax. Soak up the beauty and the atmosphere of Ophir. A huge shaded deck area with shades of lavender and thyme complement Central Otago’s changing colours in the surrounding hills.