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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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Country-pub dining, Heston-style

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The nearby Fat Duck’s culinary pyrotechnics aren’t for everyone’s tastes or budget, so for a glimpse of that Blumenthal wizardry consider what was once Bray’s village boozer, where Heston offers true-Brit cooking in tune with the building's 15th-century heritage. The space is split between a clubby lounge bar upstairs with eccentric hunting-lodge touches in its funky decor, while the main ground-floor restaurant offers a carte, a five-course taster or a budget-friendly set-lunch menu, all offering well-crafted versions of robust British dishes. Layers of clear flavours are key to a modern take on Waldorf salad, with caramelised scallops highlighted by celery gel and flowers, pickled and candied walnuts, sea vegetables and dill oil. Technically astute cooking produces a delightful main course of chicken and Alsace bacon with grilled lettuce, broad beans, pea purée and mint oil. Pudding is so simple but so good: zingy lemon tart helped along by racy raspberry and verbena sorbet.

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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
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Peter Gray

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 79
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from: £11.50
  • Main course from £24.50
  • Dessert from: £10.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £25
  • 3-course lunch from: £29.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

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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