The Crown at Bray, Maidenhead
Take an historic pub in a famous foodie village and what do you get? Gastropub heaven. It can only be The Crown at Bray – a family friendly, laidback local.
The foodie village of Bray is awash with Michelin stars, but there are places to eat that live up to the location’s culinary credentials but are more every day and, well, humble. The Crown at Bray is a traditional 16th Century pub serving wonderful British pub food in a warm and relaxed environment. The vibe is friendly, laidback, loved by locals popping in for a pint, with a excellent reputation for food that attracts destination diners.
The Crown, just a few miles down the road from Windsor Castle, has a rich history as a hostelry and apparently King Charles II used to stop off for a beer, on route to see his mistress Nell Gwynn. That sense of history remains today. The decor is deliberately traditional and deliciously ‘pubby’ – low ceilings, dark oak beams, higgledy-piggledy flow and open fires. There are several eating ‘areas’ that kind of flow into each other in the pub, keeping the feel intimate and buzzy.
Right now, it’s all about outdoor dining and the team here have really made and effort to ensure it is as buzzy as eating indoors. The Garden Marquee has a menu of seasonal dishes, whereas the Lower Garden menu offers small plates and Crown classics for drop-in guests. Head chef Shannon Pay and her team work tirelessly to create crowd-pleasing, seasonal gastropub dishes. The Sunday lunches are legendary and a simple kids menu will appeal to parents fearing the inevitable food fight when dining out.
The Crown, High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2AH
Monday: 12pm – 9pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 9pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 9pm
Thursday: 12pm – 9pm
Friday: 12pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6.30pm
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