Although only consisting of two small cottages, this is one of Britain's best restaurants, especially for those seeking a sense of adventure. The modest exterior hides a comfortable dining room with crisp napery. On the food front,chef/proprietor, Heston Blumenthal, produces the most unlikely combinations, many created in his experimental 'laboratory'. The restaurant is a 'Once in a Lifetime' - must visit, for serious food lovers.
Many changes took place here during 2016, after a long period of refurbishment, and the new menu now has many delights which we have yet to sample. All reports indicate that the extremely high standard has been maintained, if not surpassed!
Booking is through a 'rolling system' through their website - se we suggest you look there first. The dishes listed below only show the general style - but cannot really show the theatricality of the entire event.
The constantly-changing menu might offer the likes of 'Cauliflower risotto with Cauliflower carpaccio and Chocolate jelly' or 'Crab millefeuille with roasted Foie Gras' as starters. While a tasting menu might offer 'Snail Porridge'.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Salt-crusted Veal Sweetbreads', 'Grilled Scallops with Cauliflower Purée and small cubes of Oloroso Sherry Jelly and a Marinated Cep' or 'Pot-roast Pork, with truffled Macaroni'.
Desserts are dishes you'd never make at home - 'Bacon and Egg Ice Cream'; 'Macerated Strawberries are dusted with grated Cheese and come with Black Olive and Leather Purée and 'Space-dust in a Chocolate pudding', are good examples. Friendly, but knowledgeable and professional service. The whole thing is an experience not to be missed, even if it means a special journey - and a bit of saving!
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun, 12.00-14.00 (14.30 Sun) Menu from £255
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 19.00-21.30; Menu from £255
- Seats: 40
- Wine: An enormous wine list is almost bedtime reading, but not on the bargain side - kicking off at around £40. There are, however, over 20 offered by the glass - but even these will set you back by about £11.
- Children's portions: Yes, whenever possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Maidenhead Rail
- Directions: leave the M4 at junction 8/9 (signposted Maidenhead), take the A308 towards Windsor, then turn left into Bray. The pub is in the centre of the village. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Car parks in the village
- Closed: All Mon, D Sun, about 2 weeks at Christmas
- Air conditioned