The Hinds Head Bray, Berkshire
The Hinds Head in Bray is owned by renowned chef, Heston Blumenthal, famous for his historic British gastronomy. This oak-pannelled Tudor inn is the place to come for Michelin-starred pub food and a host of special themed evenings.
Heston Blumenthal’s pub The Hinds Head in Bray. Photo: G. Malcolm
Dining at The Hinds Head in the foodie village of Bray is an alternative and sociable way to dip into British food and drink history. It’s also a more affordable way to appreciate the creativity of Heston Blumenthal, one of Britain’s much-loved chefs.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Dine in a Tudor Inn
- Go for cocktails and bar snacks
- Enjoy the foodie village of Bray
- Dine at The Fat Duck next door
- Visit nearby Windsor
Dine in a Tudor Inn
The menu at The Hinds Head offers traditional British cuisine and is ideal for Foodie Travellers wanting a taste of the past. In keeping with the history of the building, Heston Blumenthal has been working closely with the Tudor kitchen at Hampton Court Palace in a bid to re-introduce historic British dishes like Hash of Snails and Oxtail and Kidney Pudding made with real suet pastry. For dessert, we like the sound of rhubarb trifle and Quaking pudding. If you don’t want to sit down for a meal, lighter bar snacks are also available.
Drink a Cocktail at The Monkey Spoon Club
The Hinds Head has its own regular cocktail club called the Monkey Spoon Club which meets monthly. It’s an informal affair where members are taken on a fun journey through the cocktail world based around a specific theme. On arrival, guests are welcomed with a Monkey Shoulder whisky-based cocktail followed by a twist on two other cocktails. Add olives and crisps and a large dose of this Michelin-starred 15th century pub’s unique atmosphere and your conversation is sure to be sparkling.
Have a Spirited Evening
The pub also invites drinks industry ambassadors to host light-hearted but informative Masterclasses where, throughout the evening, you experience a range of different spirits at their various stages, from the raw product to the final beverage. The drinks are paired with traditional snacks which complement the spirit such as Scotch Eggs and Devils On Horseback.
- Check the Hinds Head website for the latest programme of events as they’re subject to change
- Visit the Tudor Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace during the day and then drive out to Bray for a Tudor-inspired supper
- Michelin-starred places to stay nearby include The Waterside Inn in Bray for Alain Roux’s traditional French cuisine and rooms with a river view and The Hand & Flowers Pub in nearby Marlow for Tom Kerridge’s traditional British cuisine and a pub that combines cosy rooms with relaxing spa treatments
WHERE TO STAY NEAR WINDSOR
The Winning Post
An 18th-century pub with wonderful original features, a creative restaurant and leafy gardens.
Rooms from £84 a night.
Hotel du Vin
This historic former brewery boasts light and elegant rooms with original features and its own bistro.
Rooms from £119 a night.
They tell me that I’m very welcome in the bar.