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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

A beamed ceiling, panelled walls, a brick fireplace and plain wooden furniture are all in place, as expected in a 15th-century inn at the heart of this well-manicured village. It might be under the aegis of Heston Blumenthal, but don't expect this to be an adjunct of his Fat Duck with its culinary pyrotechnics. The intention here is to offer traditional British fare in keeping with the building's style, and Heston has worked closely with the Tudor kitchen at Hampton Court Palace to re-introduce historical dishes like snail hash and oxtail and kidney suet pudding. It's possible to pop in for a glass of wine or a pint with a snack like a Scotch egg, but most people are here for a meal. The kitchen marries solid techniques with a British larder, producing commendable results. Start with the earthy flavours of venison carpaccio with horseradish and turnips and a shallot and caper dressing, or voguish-sounding pan-fried scallops with celery, walnuts, monk's beard, compressed apple and langoustine oil. Main courses include familiar chicken, ham and leek pie with mustard cream and mash, and the stimulating combination of plaice fillet with chard, confit fennel, salmon roe and cidery butter sauce. Like everything else, desserts are exemplary: try rhubarb trifle or quaking pudding.

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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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