I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful little village of Bray. Standing proudly on the banks of the River Thames this peaceful village is certainly worth a visit in itself for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Yet it is also notable for the fact that its quaint and pretty streets also hold host to two of the UK's four, three starred Michelin Restaurants, The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn. Alongside these fine dining lovelies you can also find the very friendly and extremely tasty one Michelin starred pub The Hinds Head.
It's the Hinds Head that I want to talk about today having eaten there very recently with friends for the second time and having had a great experience on both occasions. This picturesque 15th Century building is well worth a visit if you get the chance. The staff are always accommodating and friendly and boy is the food delicious!
As you may know the pub is owned by renowned chef Heston Blumenthal who also owns The Fat Duck and was bought in 2004 to offer an alternative experience to his fine dining restaurant. The food is divine and while being more relaxed and perhaps more traditional pub food in it's style, the genius of Heston still shines through.
To start as a snack you have the option of a delightful warm scotch egg or the incredibly edible devils on horseback which no-one in our group were quite sure about but we all tucked in to without a second breath!
For 'official' starters choose from a selection of classics with a twist versus a couple of very original selections. Tea smoked salmon with sour-cream butter and soda bread was my choice and went down a treat. For my husband Dan it had to be the hash of snails - and you know what I tried it and it was sooo good! I was lucky to also get a nibble of the raw highland venison and yep that was pretty special too.
Following on and as you begin to get quite full make sure you have room to try the delicious mains and dessert. From tender chicken with chargrilled lettuce (wow) to the most melt in your mouth of steaks you shouldn't fail to find something to tickle your tastebuds and suit your foodie preferences. This time around we couldn't quite squeeze in a dessert each instead opting to share of the little beauty above washing it down with coffee - oh and a little espresso martini may have found its way in there too!
Now it is of course a little pricier than your average pub lunch but then nothing about the experience is average. It's well worth the treat if you get the chance and will provide you with a relaxed afternoon of very decent dining. The staff are always fantastic and we've always felt very relaxed, never rushed so it certainly is a great place to while away a couple of hours in this historic little parish on the Thames. It would also make a lovely location for a special event with work colleagues or to entertain and welcome your associates. I advise booking ahead - bookings can be made online here.
Happy eating all and have a wonderful week!