The Crown at Bray
“Cosy, Thames-side village inn” - AA Inspector
This lovely white-painted, half-timbered Tudor building is a well-preserved reminder of days long gone, with heavy beams, open fires, plenty of gleaming brass and copper and all the trimmings. It’s been an inn for several centuries; its name possibly derives from regular visits made by King Charles II when visiting Nell Gwynn nearby. Assignations today are firmly rooted in the desire to enjoy the dishes that have gained this pub two AA Rosettes for the distinctly traditional English menu. Diners (restaurant bookings essential, but not for bar meals) may commence with a starter such as Cornish mussels with garlic, apple, cider and parsley; or crispy pig’s cheek with piccalilli, setting the standard for mains like chargrilled Hereford sirloin steak with marrowbone sauce; or herb crusted pollock with mashed potato and parsley sauce; finishing with apple and plum crumble with vanilla ice cream, or sticky toffee pudding. There are monthly cocktail specials (March 2020 was a rhubarb royale) to get your meal off to an elegant start. The enclosed courtyard is sheltered and the garden and outdoor kitchen are open from April each year.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About The area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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