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With the Fat Duck & the Hinds Head already under his wing, Heston Blumenthal has shored up his position as the baron of Bray by taking over the nearby Crown. This 16th-century boozer has kept its local feel, low beams, open fires & vine-draped alfresco courtyard, but the food has been given some trademark, HB-style British tweaking. Expect a gutsy run through the likes of London-cure smoked salmon with capers, parsley & rye bread, char-grilled Angus sirloin with marrow bone sauce, suet-crusted steak & ale pie or lemon sole with potted shrimps, cucumber & dill. You can also get ploughman’s & sarnies at lunchtime, while desserts could take in anything from sticky toffee pudding to banana Eton mess with lime & hazelnuts. To drink, there’s a regularly changing roster of real ales plus a snappy list of well-chosen global wines.

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Heston Blumenthal

Former debt collector and karate black belt Heston Blumenthal has enjoyed an unpredictable career that’s taken him from Bray to Australia, from poster boy of ‘molecular gastronomy’ to the face of a national supermarket chain. The self-taught chef’s best known venture remains The Fat Duck (on sabbatical in Melbourne until autumn 2015), with Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hot on its heels; he is also behind The Crown and Hind's Head in Bray, as well as the Perfectionists’ Café at Heathrow.

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  • Address: High Street, Bray, Maidenhead SL6 2AH
  • Telephone: 01628 621936
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 12N-10.30pm

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