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30 July 2014
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Hind’s Head

High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB

£34.00 British Berkshire

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  • Wine: £13.00
  • Champagne: £35.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-9.30pm Sun 12N-4pm

Square Meal Review of Hind’s Head ?

Heston Blumenthal’s first pub venture, directly opposite The Fat Duck, offers fuss-free decor and expanses of dark wood alongside a straightforward menu of gutsy Brit-themed food “with fun Heston twists”. The oxtail and kidney pudding is a must, likewise the snail hash, veal sirloin with soused onions and prime Herefordshire rib-eye with bone-marrow sauce. Other dishes are viewed through a contemporary lens – perhaps smoked guinea fowl and foie gras terrine or fillet of Cornish plaice with samphire, pickled cucumber, grapes and horseradish cream. As for dessert, the banana-and-custard ‘quaking pudding’ comes highly recommended. “Little things” such as individual gravy boats also mean a lot here. Prices may be high for a pub, but ever-helpful, chilled-out staff ensure this is a destination for every occasion. Real ales and decent wines by the glass help fuel the buzzy atmosphere in the bar.

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  1. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Jo W.

    Birthday sunday lunch

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  2. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Nelly Pride.
      Silver Reviewer  (11)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  3. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Kevin P.
        (5)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 3

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  4. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Trevor T.
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    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 1

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  5. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Food fiend
      Gold Reviewer  (71)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  6. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Foodess
      Platinum Reviewer  (101)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  7. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    Freddie K.
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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  8. Hind’s Head

    High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB
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    R.R.Gill
      Gold Reviewer  (53)
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  1. I was still on holiday, albeit not actually still abroad. There were cupboards to organise, so obviously my thoughts turned to food. And the sun was shining. A country pub, I was thinking, by the river perhaps. And when I say pub I was thinking beer-serving establishment only in the loosest possible sense. A sort of Hand and Flowers-style pub perhaps. I never bother even trying to get in there anymore. It’s a bit talk to the Hand at the moment and I believe that they are taking bookings for October. I can’t wait that long. Not a million miles away from The Hand and a few minutes away from The Fat Duck (no, I haven’t)the The Hinds Head is said to be owned by Heston himself. Having done a little digging around last year at Companies House for a piece on restaurant ownership, it seemed at the time that the “Heston” restaurants were owned by a company called SL6, which appeared to be owned by something known as the Lowenthal Corporation. Heston’s name doesn’t actually appear anywhere. Make of that what you will...
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  2. I was still on holiday, albeit not actually still abroad. There were cupboards to organise, so obviously my thoughts turned to food. And the sun was shining. A country pub, I was thinking, by the river perhaps. And when I say pub I was thinking beer-serving establishment only in the loosest possible sense. A sort of Hand and Flowers-style pub perhaps. I never bother even trying to get in there anymore. It’s a bit talk to the Hand at the moment and I believe that they are taking bookings for October. I can’t wait that long. Not a million miles away from The Hand and a few minutes away from The Fat Duck (no, I haven’t)the The Hinds Head is said to be owned by Heston himself. Having done a little digging around last year at Companies House for a piece on restaurant ownership, it seemed at the time that the “Heston” restaurants were owned by a company called SL6, which appeared to be owned by something known as the Lowenthal Corporation. Heston’s name doesn’t actually appear anywhere. Make of that what you will...
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  3. Published : Tuesday, 17th December 2013

    Nomface :: The Hinds Head, Bray

    The Hinds Head is a 1 Michelin star picturesque gastropub set in the heart of the Village of Bray near Maidenhead. Owned by Heston Blumenthal whose flagship restaurant, The Fat Duck is only a hundred yards away. We parked in the village car park and walked past at half seven to see lots of empty tables, we were tempted to pop in to chance our luck. However we decided against it and went on towards The Hinds Head where we had a booking. On our return to the car we noted that every table was occupied so we stopped ourselves looking foolish! The decor of the pub retains its traditional interior and has a 'ye olde' feel with a mixture of timbers and whitewash walls. Having decided on the Hereford Prime ribeye for main I knew it would be filling so we settled on sharing a selection of starters. We couldn't look past the famous scotch egg made with soft boiled quail egg wrapped in sausage meat and fried in panko breadcrumbs. The egg oozed magnificently when cut in half. This was without doubt the best scotch egg I have ever tasted...
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