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The nearby Fat Duck’s culinary pyrotechnics aren’t for everyone’s tastes or budget, so for a glimpse of that Blumenthal wizardry consider what was once Bray’s village boozer, where Heston offers true-Brit cooking in tune with the building's 15th-century heritage. The space is split between a clubby lounge bar upstairs with eccentric hunting-lodge touches in its funky decor, while the main ground-floor restaurant offers a carte, a five-course taster or a budget-friendly set-lunch menu, all offering well-crafted versions of robust British dishes. Layers of clear flavours are key to a modern take on Waldorf salad, with caramelised scallops highlighted by celery gel and flowers, pickled and candied walnuts, sea vegetables and dill oil. Technically astute cooking produces a delightful main course of chicken and Alsace bacon with grilled lettuce, broad beans, pea purée and mint oil. Pudding is so simple but so good: zingy lemon tart is helped along by racy raspberry and verbena sorbet.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

Country-pub dining, Heston-style

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- AA Inspector
The Hind's Head
High Street, BRAY, SL6 2AB
Phone : 01628 626151

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: British

About The area

Discover Berkshire

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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