The Hind’s Head, Bray
Swap poncey for an elegant but quirky dining experience that works for all the family. It can only be Heston Michelin star Hind's Head in Bray.
Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred gastropub The Hind’s Head in Bray dives into the history books and gives old dishes a little culinary craftsmanship. This is a place where flavour and presentation is everything but without the starchiness of fine dining.
Reflecting its hunting lodge and coaching inn past, the vibe is quirky with a nod to the many royal connections. Upstairs you’ll find the The Royal Lounge – essentially a cocktail bar, with tweed and velvet furnishings, taxidermy and dim lighting. Think cool gentlemen’s club without the overflowing testosterone.
You’ll also find the dramatic private dining room on this floor – The Vicar’s Room, painted deep red with teasing, tongue-in-cheek references to the building’s association with Simon Alleyn, the infamous Vicar of Bray. A dining table created from a single trunk of oak dominates the room, under a pair of parlour chandeliers depicting the heads of Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I. If you’re a big group book in, no room hire, no minimum spend, but a really special place to dine.
Regular diners drift downstairs after a couple of craft beers or Emily’s Earl Grey Tea Sours, to enjoy the eclectic British style of cooking. It’s relaxed – no crisp white linens – but the staff are attentive (you don’t get a Michelin star without top notch service).
Oh, and the brilliant bit is there’s a kids and Sunday lunch menu available too. So you can enjoy a special family meal without having a ‘my kids only eat fish fingers’ panic.
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