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AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Heston's modern take on old-English fare with bang-on flavours

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Heston Blumenthal never intended to emulate the nearby Fat Duck’s culinary pyrotechnics in Bray’s village boozer, but rather to offer traditional true-Brit cooking in tune with the building's 15th-century heritage, although the place is clearly packed with diners looking for a glimpse of that Blumenthal wizardry. A refurb in 2017 introduces a clubby lounge bar upstairs with eccentric touches in its funky decor – stained glass windows, off-the-wall taxidermy, and Persian rugs – as a backdrop to an on-trend listing of cocktails, artisan gins and no-nonsense bar snacks, while the drill in the main restaurant is a trio of monthly-changing set menus offering well-crafted versions of robust British dishes. Starters can be as simple as pea and ham soup, presented with a touch of rustic flair and full-on flavours, or a trencherman’s terrine of ham hock, pork tenderloin and leek. Main-courses might bring the comforting familiarity of chicken, ham and leek pie with wholegrain mustard and mash, or you could opt for prime protein in the form of a rib-eye of Hereford beef served with heritage Reform sauce and those legendary triple-cooked chips. To finish, there could be the nursery comfort of treacle tart with milk ice cream, or white chocolate and lemon cheesecake with biscuit ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Closed for dinner: 1 January, Bank holidays and Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Janos Veres

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 65
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 88
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 88
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18

Getting here

M4 junction 8/9, at roundabout take exit to Maidenhead Central, next roundabout take exit Bray and Windsor, after 0.5 miles take B3028 to Bray

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