About Us


Meet the team Sandy Stoddart AKA THE NAKED SCOTSMAN. Sam Stoddart bookings and accommodation. Miles Dixon sales and marketing and last but by no means least Jocelyn Dixon our executive chef.

Some TripAdvisor reviews of the Blacks Hotel:

“Great little country pub offering terrific food”
The night we stayed in Ophir we had no choice for a meal- it was Blacks or nothing. So we didn't have high expectations- but what a great place. We were warmly welcomed by the new (12 weeks) owner and settled into a comfortable and beautifully decorated (for Christmas) room and then had simply great food- the green chicken curry which closer to a laksa in style was so good and spicy, with crunchy fresh vegetables and fried shallots- yum! And the salmon with the deconstructed Ni├žoise salad went down to applause from my partner. Unfortunately we were unable to fit in sweets, but we saw them go past looking great. Yes, do go there if you are on the Otago Rail Trail, or if you are lucky enough to live in the area go often!

“Greeted with a wet towel and a revitalising cold lemon squash”
After a tough day on the Otago Rail Trail our spirits were immediately lifted when we arrived to stay the night at Blacks Hotel - our host plied us with complimentary cold squash and wet towels. Such a positive welcome was indicative of the establishment - quirky but great fun and warm hospitality. We all really enjoyed our stay.

“comfortable rooms, delicious food”
This art deco gem has well-priced rooms and serves delicious food. Each bedroom is decorated in a different theme. The menu is small, but the portions are huge and great value for money. Local wines are available by the glass. The new owners and their staff are to be congratulated !

“Best meal on the rail trail”
We had dinner at Blacks Hotel on Wednesday 14th December and it was fantastic. New owners who have been there only 16 weeks but doing lots of renovations, etc and were very friendly. We were not staying there but had a look a the accommodation and the rooms were very clean and fresh looking with different themes. They picked us up from Omakau where we were staying and gave us a little tour of Ophir. The food was the best we had on the rail trail - steak with mushroom sauce and the fish and chips. We definitely recommend to anyone and will return again.

“Superb hospitality off the beaten track!”
Our hosts were super friendly and accommodating in their cosy hotel. All rooms were clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Their chef is excellent and I highly recommend the ribeye! Thanks Sandy and Sam for a memorable stay.

“Art Deco and then some!!”
We were staying at Hawk Rock a few miles down the road and decided to go out for a meal. The pub in Oturehua was nearest but was fully booked so we went down the road to Blacks. What a good decision that was as we got the full tour of the premises to see what an excellent job they are making of the establishment. The new owners had only been in 14 weeks but have completely turned the place around and concentrated on the Art Deco theme with individual themes to each of the rooms. The haggis is to die for and the belly pork is great also. All the other dishes that we saw going past looked delicious which is not surprising when you talk to the chef, who really knows her stuff. Well done them and may they continue to do well.

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