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Hinds Head

High Street, BRAY, SL6 2AB

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Heston Blumenthal's vision of an English pub is not as out-there as you might imagine. It's most definitely a pub for a start, with 15th-century beams, open fires and a smart, rustic finish, and there's an honesty and integrity to the food that really fits the bill. That's not to say this is standard pub food - not by a long way - this is Heston after all. The antiquity of the building inspires the menu with historic dishes and classy versions of pub classics peppering the menu. Chef Kevin Love delivers well-crafted dishes that can be as simple as snacks (devils on horseback or a Scotch egg, say) or a starter of beautifully flavoured scallop tartare with a white chocolate and white pepper velouté, chocolate foam, pickled lemon and walnut oil that might sound a little like it comes from the Fat Duck opposite (it is rather on the sophisticated side), but you might go for the more homely sounding pea and ham soup. Everything is presented with a touch of rustic flair and flavours are bang on. Main-course fillet of duck with beetroot, turnips, barley and duck sauce has a stellar piece of meat at the heart of it all, or you could opt for a rib-eye of prime Hereford beef with bone marrow sauce and the famed triple-cooked chips. For dessert, Quaking pudding comes with a little card describing its origins - it's rather like a coarse, correctly wobbly pannacotta flavoured with apple and cinnamon and served hot - or you might take refuge in the retro comforts of a rhubarb trifle or treacle tart with milk ice cream. Naturally, the wine list goes way, way beyond the sort of offerings you'd expect in a pub, offering impeccably sourced bottles from small châteaux as well as gilt-edged vintages from around the globe.

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Tel: 01628 626151
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Open/closed

Dates closed: 25-26 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: 1 Jan, BHs, Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: British
Chef: Kevin Love
Number of seats: 100
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £17.50
3 Course lunch from: £21.50
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £14.95
Sunday lunch: £35.40-£45.75
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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M4 junct 8/9, at rdbt take exit to Maidenhead Central, next rdbt take exit Bray & Windsor, after 0.5m take B3028 to Bray
Nearest station: Maidenhead

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