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The Hinds Head

High Street, BRAY, Maidenhead, SL6 2AB

Heston Blumenthal's younger sibling to his eponymous Fat Duck restaurant has, not surprisingly, become a gastronomic destination, yet the striking 15th-century building remains very much a village local. Its origins are a little obscure, with some saying it was used as a royal hunting lodge and others as a guest house for the local Abbot of Cirencester. What is known is that Queen Elizabeth II dined with European royalty at the pub in 1963. Expect an informal atmosphere in the traditional bar, with its beams, sturdy oak panelling, log fires, leather chairs, and pints of Rebellion available at the bar. On the ground floor is the main restaurant, while upstairs are two further dining areas, the Vicars Room, and the larger Royal Room. Having worked alongside the team in the Tudor kitchens at Hampton Court Palace, Heston rediscovered the origins of British cuisine, and has reintroduced some classic recipes that echo the pub's Tudor roots. Top-notch ingredients are used in gutsy dishes that are cooked simply and delivered in an unfussy manner by head chef Kevin Love. Take bar snacks or starters like devils on horseback; or soused mackerel and grapefruit dressing, with main courses taking in fish pie with 'sand and sea'; or duck fillet, beetroot, barley, turnips and duck sauce. Room should be left for a memorable pudding, perhaps Quaking pudding, or chocolate wine 'slush' with millionnaire shortbread. Well selected, widely sourced wines complete the picture. The two- and three-course set menus are good value. Booking for meals is recommended. Dogs are welcome in the bar area.

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Tel: 01628 626151
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Principal beers

Rebellion IPA & Seasonal ales, Windsor & Eton Seasonal ale

Open

All week
11.30-11 (Sun 12-7)

Closed

25 Dec

Facilities

Children welcome.
Dog friendly.
Coach parties catered.

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M4 junct 8/9 take Maidenhead Central exit. Next rdbt take Bray/Windsor exit. 0.5m, B3028 to Bray

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