The Hind's Head

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Gastropub, British

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“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 Food-wise, the old carte has been replaced by three regularly changing set menus named after English queens.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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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Gastropub, British

Location for The Hind's Head

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

Opening Times of The Hind's Head

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-9.30pm Sun 12N-4pm

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19 May 2016

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.

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24 May 2015

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.

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19 October 2010

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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06 May 2010

You need to manage your expectations for the Hind's Head – it's not Blummenthal's culinary genius (you need to go 50 yards down the road, get on the one month waiting list, and pay £150 a head for that) but it's decent pub grub in a traditional country pub setting. Service was very polite and friendly when we visited but painfully slow (about an hour between starter and mains). All the food we had was good, some very good, but none great. The oxtail and kidney pudding was a winner and the whole lemon sole was far too good for your average pub. Starters of onion tart and mussels were slightly disappointing but then onion tart and mussels are never going to set the culinary world on fire. A pleasant meal, I wouldn't hurry back, but a word of warning – these are not pub grub prices – £20 for oxtail and kidney pudding and chips is nothing short of outrageous.

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