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Hinds Head

High Street, BRAY, SL6 2AB

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When Heston Blumenthal took over Bray's village boozer in 2004 the intention was never to turn it into another branch of the Fat Duck, touting molecular fireworks along the lines of pork pie custard with real ale nitrogen vapour, but rather to offer traditional true-Brit cooking in keeping with the building's 15th-century heritage. Perhaps inevitably, mission creep has taken hold and the place has become a dining destination in itself. That said, you could just pop in for a pint of real ale from a local micro-brewery in the beamed bar, although the majority are clearly here for the menu of historic English tavern fare produced by Heston's research into the UK's culinary history (hash of snails, anyone?) and classy versions of gastro pub classics. Chef Janos Veres delivers well-crafted dishes that can be as simple as snacks (Devils on horseback or a Scotch egg, say) or an immaculate starter of hand-dived scallops with black pudding and curried cauliflower. Everything is presented with a touch of rustic flair and flavours are spot on. Main-course fillet of stone bass with crushed Jerusalem artichokes, cider butter sauce and mussels has a first-rate piece of fish at its heart, or you could opt for a heritage dish of oxtail and kidney pudding. To finish, 'wassailing' is a revived pudding of caramelised butter loaf with apple in a multitude of textures - or you might take refuge in the comforts of warm chocolate pudding with orange marmalade ice cream. Naturally, the wine list goes way, way beyond the sort of offerings you'd expect in a pub, with impeccably sourced bottles from small châteaux as well as gilt-edged vintages from around the globe.

Further information

Tel: 01628 626151
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Dates closed: 25 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: 1 Jan, BHs, Sun

Restaurant information

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


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £19.25
Sunday lunch: £20.95-£25.50
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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