This Tudor village inn, with it's splendid beamed hall, is now under the wing of Heston Blumenthal, of the neighbouring Fat Duck (q.v.) and offers traditional British pub food - cooked to a high standard. Many of the dishes have been created with the help of food historians working at Hampton Court - so are versions of Tudor recipes.
The kitchen is headed by Kevin Love, who shares Heston's love of detail.
Expect clear, defined flavours, with no unnecessary garnishings.
Perhaps the likes of 'Pea and Ham Soup'; 'Hind's Head Tea-Smoked Salmon'; 'Potted Shrimps' and 'Soused Herrings with Beetroot and Horseradish' amongst the starters.
'Oxtail and Kidney Pudding'; 'Lancashire Hotpot'; 'Skate Wing with Capers, Lemon & Parsley'; 'Poached Cod with Celeriac, Beetroot, Smoked Fennel and Brown Shrimps' and 'Old Spot Pork Chop with Pease Pudding' among the mains.
Desserts consist of trifles, treacle tart and the like - 'Quaking Pudding' is a particular favourite. They also offer well-kept British cheeses, served with Quince Paste.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; mains about £18 to £35; Choice Menu £47 (13 guests or more); set L £47.50 (3 courses)); Sun L Roasts from about £21 + normal a la carte
- Dinner: Mon-Sat; mains about £18 to £35; set D Mon-Sat £47.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 90
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list, kicks off in the low £20's, and a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible; plus interesting Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Maidenhead Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page; or 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.
- Parking: Village Car Parks
- Closed: Sun D; Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned