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High Street, Bray
“Slightly more accessible” than the neighbouring Fat Duck, this reconfigured 15th-century coaching inn promises “the quality that you'd expect from Heston Blumenthal, but without the bells and whistles”. Refreshed and dolled up in 2017, the ground-floor dining room retains its ancient pubby feel via reclaimed panelling, rich red leather banquettes and antique beams, while the newly minted ‘Royal Lounge’ upstairs comes draped in quirky Heston-isms including a 3D-printed cockatrice and a blunderbuss chandelier. Food-wise, the old carte has been replaced by three regularly changing set menus named after English queens. The three-course ‘Mary’ version might yield a chicken, leek and ham pie pot pie with mash followed by a ‘quaking pudding’ (cinnamon, nutmeg and compressed apple), although dishes from the four-course ‘Aleyn’ also show customary Blumenthal precision (seared scallops Waldorf with celery, walnut dressing, sea vegetables and dill oil, for example). Elsewhere, the fabled Scotch egg comes with mustard mayo, while other classics such as lapsang souchong-cured salmon also put in an appearance. Service is chirpy and relaxed, and there are some “great G&Ts” alongside the serious wine list. “A place to remember.”
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High Street, Bray
Maidenhead Station 1km
Taplow Station 2km
Braywick Golf Club 988m
Maidenhead Golf Club 1km
Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-9.30pm Sun 12N-4pm
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Food + drink: 5
Every time I eat at The Hinds Head I am wowed. They continue to produce excellent innovative food that makes me clear me plate.
Had some particularly scrumptious, unusual English cheeses that inspired me to go and find them for myself to enjoy at home.
Every time I go to the Hind's Head, not only am I glad that I came, I wonder why I don't come more often. Everything about the Hind's Head, from the atmosphere and ambience, the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff to the outstanding quality of the food shows a culture of excellence.
Not to be missed.
Food + drink: 3
I have eaten at this place several times and the one consistent factor is the friendly but inefficient service.
This is just a money machine hiding behind an excellant chef but gives little regard to its customers. But more fool us we keep going ther to tell everyone that we ate at Hestons pub.
This time the food was good but I have also eaten badly before again inconsistent.
Overall it really is hit or miss and therefore do not believe all the press hype… it can be excellant and it can be terrible but what it always is is inconsistent
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