The Crown at Bray

Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

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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££££ - £50 - £79
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Location for The Crown at Bray

High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2AH

01628 621936


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 12N-10.30pm

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Christopher J

16 February 2012  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
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.
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