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|Address:||High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2AH|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £18.25||Champagne: £46.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 12N-10.30pm|
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Having visited the Crown in Bray pre Heston Blumenthal I can confirm that rumours of its demise from ‘lovely country pub’ to soulless chain pub is utter nonsense. Farewell laminated menus and spaghetti bolognaises and hello mini Hinds Head. I can sympathise with the locals whose village is plagued with foodies making the pilgrimage to 7-star village which is why I understand, publicity behind Heston’s second pub has been mute.
This is a pub, primarily designed for the locals, so if you have discovered this review, count yourself lucky.
The menu is part predictable high quality fayre with some ingenious additions – the Chilli Con Carne for two with Jalapeño butter, sour cream and spongy corn muffins was an absolute delight. A couple enjoyed Cheese Fondue at the adjoining table whilst the regulars tucked into their puddings and roasts. The Wine list topped out at around £50 which is clearly deliberate.
For me, the Crown is a terrific pub. On the face of it an arm’s length acquisition for HB but the level of care, attention and the quality of service has HB stamped all over it.