The Hinds Head - Bray
The Hinds Head - Bray

The Hinds Head - Bray

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hindsheadbray.com/
  • Phone: 01628626151
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm
    Sunday: 12.00pm-4.00pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Love
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Hinds Head is the perfect venue to host your special occasion – whether it be a lavish wedding breakfast or an intimate dinner for two. We will guarantee a cosy and intimate setting and help in every way to give you and your guests a wonderful time. Our welcoming team, celebrated food and attention to detail will help make your day truly memorable.
    With its Tudor heritage and beautiful timber interiors, The Hinds Head has timeless appeal, with its original oak panelling, large open fires and traditional furnishings creating a cosy and comfortable setting.
    We are easily accessible by road or rail. Our picturesque setting near the River Thames offers the added enjoyment of a riverside stroll.
  • Private Party Contact: Reservations 01628626151

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Trains from London Paddington to Maidenhead
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Our carpark is located on the opposite side of the road to us.
A word from The Hinds Head - Bray
We’re located in a listed 15th-century building nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Bray, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. Our ambience is that of a local village pub, offering you a warm welcome, exceptional, friendly service and outstanding food.
Our restaurant menus offer a combination of traditional seasonal cuisine and historic British dishes, all designed by our owner, chef Heston Blumenthal. Heston's quest for excellence in taste and flavour is combined with Head Chef Kevin Love's respect and love of fresh seasonal produce, to create a menu of British favourites in harmony with the building's Tudor origins.
Our bar area is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a light snack, accompanied by locally sourced guest ales and a carefully selected wine list.
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The Hinds Head - Bray reviews from OpenTable diners
707 reviews since 6 May 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.8
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (466)fit for foodies (429)sunday lunch (268)romance (216)business meals (179)group bookings (88)child friendly (68)brunch (54)outstanding value (45)good vegetarian options (39)afternoon tea (17)disabled access (7)pre/post theatre (5)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Outstanding
    Barney
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Exceptional , the service was outstanding, attention to detail and the food was amazing
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great But...,
    Twek1
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Great food but prices have gone up big time and the menu hasn't change since we started going about 18 months ago. As a regular and booking months in advance would have expected a better table. We were wedged up against a pillar and asked to be moved but got the impression it was too difficult for them. Nevertheless new diners will love it
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype!
    Shelly
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We love the relaxed atmosphere and the equally adventurous food. Thought the starters and dessert were the most outstanding. Had alot of fun trying out the chocolate wine slush. It's a must try!. We were lucky that the triple cooked chips were back on the menu - they're fantastic parred with my fish with mussel broth. Heavenly. Looking forward to going back again! Next time we'll bring the sprog too- children's menu looks yummy!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • ozzies
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    wonderful service by staff, they were more than helpful. Food was delicious!
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunch BH Monday
    Foodlover
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    It was pouring with rain but our day was made extremely special by having a wonderful lunch at the Hind's Head Bray. We arrived early and were lucky to have been allocated a wonderful table which was an added bonus as it was a meal to celebrate my husbands birthday. The service was good with friendly and attentive staff. The food was beautifully presented and the flavour combinations on many if our dishes were wonderful. We felt although service charges are the usual 12.5% the meal still represented very good value for money on the dishes selected. I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Sunday Lunch
    Maria
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Good food, nice and attentive service. Deserts quite expensive in relation to their size. Nice ambience and the the taste of food and presentation won't disappoint.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • fantastic!
    zinnia
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    This was our first visit to the Hinds Head and the food was outstanding.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food but not service
    Kerry
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    I recently went to the hinds heads for a traditional Sunday lunch, once sat and the waitress came to take our order we were only then told they have sold out of roast beef therefore had to choose quickly another main, it was no problem as all courses were amazing however the staff preferred to stand chatting rather than clear our dirty plates away for our next course so we ended up with a collection of dirty dishes, we never got asked if everything was ok, I was dying for a drink but never got asked and everytime I tried to get someone's attention they just looked away,I waited 25 for an expresso at the end and to be honest I was quite fed up of waiting by then, fantastic food but the front of house was a massive let down, prob never again
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Cocktails
    Shaw82
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Ambience excellent, food excellent, service excellent say no more everything at The Hinds Head was superb and rage children were all made more than welcome even cocktails for them. I however would recommend the White Fizz cocktail something a little different and a bit of a surprise when served
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    child friendly, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Child friendly lunch
    garthview
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    A wonderful celebration meal was had by all. The food was great and the staff wonderfully helpful and welcoming.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food here is outstanding we enjoyed it very much. This was a treat for me and my husband, we made a weekend of it and ate at The Crown at Bray the previous night. Both were very good indeed but the Hind's Head was outstanding, thank you for a lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Awesome English gastro pub!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food here is fantastic, set inside a cute old English pub and with great, friendly and helpful service! The oxtail and kidney pudding was the best - so rich, tasty and anything you'd ever wish for in a pub! The quaking pudding dessert so soo yummy. We also learnt a bit about food history, as is typical in a Heston Blumenthal establishment! Would definitely go back again.
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Five Star Pub food
    food4me
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I specifically booked dinner with my friends and husband to celebrate my birthday. The staff were exellent and the service was exceptional. The quality of the food was superb with fantastic flavours without being rich (I don't like rich food). The menu was varied enough to suit all tastes. More importantly, we came away feeling we had enough to eat so did not resent paying the quite high price for our meals. My husband mentioned it was my birthday as we were about to pamy our bill and I was given a card signed by the head chef and manager which was a nice touch. The pub was busy with a friendly atmosphere and I would definitely go again.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fiona
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was unfortunate that we were sat next to a family with a child who screamed the whole way through our meal and the staff did nothing about it.
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  • Excellent food, service patchy
    Melana
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was excellent as ever. Imaginative, meticulously prepared and flavoursome. Service at the table was very good. My only gripe is the attitude of Maitre'd who let us wait for half an hour and only after 2 enquires showed us to our table without explanation or apology. Spoiled the evening somewhat.
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    fit for foodies, romance
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  • Special Sunday Lunch
    LZJo
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I took 3 friends to lunch to celebrate their birthdays. One of our party was a 3 year old. They were wonderful in accommodating the child and had great food selections for him. But the meal went on for 3 hours which was a bit too long for kids to handle. The wait staff are professionals, very pleasant and accommodating. The food was delicious and worth the high prices you pay for it. I'd definitely recommend this upscale pub for a special occasion.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • The big Birthday
    Pizzalover
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    An excellent venue to celebrate a birthday. The staff supplied birthday cards and a signed menu for the people with birthdays and also asked if we needed a taxi arranging to get us home. The soused mackerel and venison starters were delicious, and the choice of main courses catered for every-one. The wild mushroom maccaroni was so good we all wished we had chosen this. Cocktails made for a great way to start the celebrations, and the desserts left every-one feel comfortably full. We are looking for a reason to return as soon as possible.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5th VISIT
    Captainsam40
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Excellent greeting by Virag Assistant Manager. Orders taken by Virag but long delay before being delivered warm. 3 x Hash of snails (compared to previous visits half quantity of snails - VERY POOR VALUE FOR MONEY this time) 1 x Smoked Guinea Fowl and Foie Gras (OK) Main Courses 3 x Hereford Prime Ribeye, Totally EXCELLENT however my wife specially asked for NO FRIES to be substituted by Greens without extra charge. Virag stated NO PROBLEM however when BILL PRESENTED charged as extra item? During Main course ordered extra bottle Sparking Mineral Water BUT NEVER BROUGHT TO TABLE. Complained to server brought during Desserts much too late but charged for. Poor service and NO DEDUCTIONS on BILL Certainly NOT IMPRESSED ON THIS VISIT.
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  • Amazing food and amazing service!
    Lisac
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Absolutely beautiful food with such detail and finess. I had a cocktail which the drinks waiter spent ages telling me the history of before pouring a rum cloud into it! Best tasting food I've had in a while highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Tiggi
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    This meal was a treat for my nephew and the Hinds Head at Bray delivered. The staff are extremely professional and very knowledgeable about the menu. Service was of a very high standard and nothing was too much trouble. The food was absolutely scrumptious and served in a timely manner despite this being an incredibly busy Sunday lunchtime. Would highly recommend!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • worth every penny
    cloudstreet
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    We went for an Anniversary Lunch. We expected the meal to be quite expensive - especially when compared to a traditional Sunday Pub Lunch.We had predinner cocktails, three Courses and a bottle of wine and were very pleased with the quality of all elements. Whilst not being cheap, we could not fault the food and the service was impeccable. - courteous and friendly. I consider this to be value for money on a special occasion and would definitely return and recommend to others
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • signature dishes
    biffy
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    well the signature dishes did not disappoint the whole evening was enhanced by friendly staff who were knowledgable but not intrusive
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Simply wonderful food and people
    somethingfishy
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Heston's 'other place' is a brilliant combination of food and service that is 'fine dining' in the real sense of customer-orientated superb ingredients and cooking, full of taste and interest but without any pretensions or faux spectacle. I had extremes of an unctuous 'suet pudding' main and a fascinating 'foam' dessert - equally clever and delicious. Our party ranged for 8 to 80 - and all treated warmly and carefully. No fuss, great attention.
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    child friendly, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Good choices/selection Disappointing fish choices, especially for the price
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    group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • perfectly executed
    geordiefoodie
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised to get a reservation with only a couple of days notice, the builing itself is amazing, simply oozing history & charm. The staff were fantastic and as for the food my starter of tea smoked salmon was perfectly set off by the soured cream butter and my daughter pronounced her venison starter perfect. For mains my wife had rib-eye which incredible the only downside was the chipe as triple cooked were off the menu. My mcaroni with wild mushrooms and a slow cooked hens egg tasted was better than expected, a side order of carrots cooked in earl grey tea was an unexpected winner, we rounded off with cocktails in the bar, another winner as were the bartenders
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another memorable evening and meal
    orswelles
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    Superb service and food as always. Its become a tradition for my new business partner and I to end my trips to the EU with dinner at the Hind's Head. This time we had a client join us and they were as charmed by the place as I have been on my previous two trips. Looking forward to bringing my wife here in September.
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  • Alternative to the Fat Duck!
    Foodietrollydolly
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    My friend has always wanted to go to The Fat Duck but I knew I'd never get a table at such short notice. I saw that The Hind Head had been awarded a Micheline star so knew the food was bound to be good. We had a lovely time, the staff were really friendly, the ambience in the pub was very relaxed, we'd got a bit dressed up but people were dressed very casually there. The food was delicious, I had a ribeye steak that just melted in the mouth. The desserts were classic Heston, delicious with a touch of weirdness!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Different from the Crown
    MacDSteve
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    We have eaten at the Crown - Heston's other pub in Bray and expected the Hinds Head to be similar. In fact it was less of a pub and more of a restaurant. The food was, of course, excellent but it slightly lacked the buzz and the atmosphere of the Crown. Perhaps this was because it was mid-week and not busy. A memorable meal nevertheless. Two and a half courses for two were about £80 plus drinks and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but been better!
    Tomwycombe
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    I love this place, and have visited many times. It has been consistently fabulous for me recently, so it's no big surprise that eventually it didn't quite reach my sky high expectations. Food was good, but not amazing. I had a rib eye steak which was fattier than usual and not very tender (tasted amazing though). Service was enthusiastic and informative, but not very quick. The prices too seem to have gone up (could be my imagination) meaning the value is less impressive. Would definitely still go back for Sunday lunch rather than a mid week dinner - definitely better value.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent from start to finish
    Jaynethepain44
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Wonderful staff serving wonderful food. Wish we lived nearer!
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  • Fabulous meal, lovely surroundings
    Fido
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    4 of us went out for a special occasion meal, the whole evening was lovely. The food was exceptional, the surroundings were lovely, we ate upstairs in the eaves, with exposed beams and very welcome air conditioning. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. All in all it was a lovely evening and good value as well.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Christmas!!!
    Rolycat
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    This was an amazing, if late, Christmas present. The first chance the family could get together. The champagne cocktails were great. The whole meal was exceptionally good. The staff were very friendly and helpful. One "complaint"! They only had two bottles of the lovely Austrian wine we were drinking! However, the Riesling was a good substitute! We were the last to leave but at no time did we feel pressurised to hurry. An interesting building, more suited to the shorter people. You six footers, be warned! If you haven't been to the Hind's Head, do put it on your things to do list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for me but my wife enjoyed it
    Woodawoo
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    I expected more for a restaurant owned by such a fantastic chef. I'm not a good cook but my wife isn't bad and I felt that she could have cooked everything we ordered. I took her there for her birthday and wouldn't spend £200 on a dinner without very good reason but if I do then I expect something that blows me away. The Hinds Head failed to meet the mark for me, I would go as far as saying the stake could have been served in my local Weatherspoons. That said the staff where lovely and the cocktails fantastic.
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  • Excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    This was our second visit and it was just as good as the first. Staff are very well trained and passionate about everything they do. Food was superb, couldn't fault anything. Its not cheap but somethings are worth paying for. Will be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing food, slight service hiccup
    APrimus
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was stupendous. Moreover, the prices were quite cheap for what they are serving. The only problem was at the end of the meal with service. I'd informed our waitress that we needed to be out the door within 15 minutes before ordering dessert. She assured us that would not be a problem, and hurried back immediately with dessert menus. We ordered instantly, and she ran off to the put the orders in. We didn't even get the desserts for 18 minutes, and when I asked for the check at the time of dessert delivery, it took an additional 6 minutes for the check to appear -- without the credit card machine. All told, the "definitely out the door in 15 minutes" turned into 27. This forced me to miss a meeting that afternoon.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Brilliant service
    Indy
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food was good and the service was amazing. A bit pricey, so would recommend for special occassions. Defiantly worth while visiting.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Treat
    Hannahlovesfood33
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I took my husband to the Hinds Head to celebrate his 40th birthday. We were impressed with every little detail - from the lovely welcome by the front of house (which included an invitation for my husband to sample the ales before he chose one), to our friendly and knowledgeable waiter and, of course, the food itself. Each course was perfect and exactly as described. My dessert, the 'quaking' banana and custard, was one of the nicest and most moreish things that I have ever eaten and I loved the little touch of giving me a card that explained the origins of the method for making it. The food was excellent value, considering the quality, portion size and beautiful presentation. It may have been a 'pub' lunch, but it was a pretty special one.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • forestparkfats
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The sunday lunch was perfect. Was kept waiting for a few minutes when entering the pub, but once we had been seated the service was impeccable and not in the least overbearing which can be the case at place like this. Fresh baked bread was delicious as was the duck terrine to start (although I have had better and bigger posh scotch eggs). The roast was perfectly proportioned for a three course meal, and the meat was just right. Lovely 'Blumenthalesque' touches such as the horseradish sauce and crackling. Deserts were interesting and not too heavy. High recommended!
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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • Traditional food with a twist
    Fudge
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We visited The Hind's Head on Sunday the 6th of Juky and our entire experience was excellent. I had the Oxford tail and kidney pudding which was deliciously intense and rich in flavour as was the banana and custard quaking pudding. We would consider going back more often if we lived in that area but it would be something for a special occasion since we actually live in Wales. Highly recommend it!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Outstanding
    farmerfoodie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I booked this restaurant as a wedding anniversary and had high expectations after a recommendation from a friend. Whilst I was aware it wasn't the fat duck, I did expect a bit more considering the Heston brand. The staff were first class and our waitress had an excellent knowledge of all the dishes and gave us historical facts about the dishes. However the food was distinctly gastro pub esc and most local restaurants would offer similar fare. Considering we drove over 1 1/2hrs to get there I left somewhat disappointed.
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