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The Crown at Bray

4.2
996 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Cosy (84)
  • Fit for Foodies (77)
  • Lunch (72)
We wanted to create a focal point for our village and The Crown at Bray serves as that perfect hub for Bray. Hide away from winter by the open fires or bask in the sunshine at a table in the large garden or charming courtyard. Brought into the Heston Blumenthal fold in 2010, The Crown at Bray retains a traditional village pub atmosphere while offering a modern pub menu, drinks selection and service style.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Grill, Beer Garden
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Hours of Operation
Pub Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday
11:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday
11:30am - 10:30pm

Food is Served

Monday - Thursday
12:00pm - 2:15pm, 6:00pm - 9:15pm
Friday
12:00pm - 2:15pm, 6:00pm - 9:45pm
Saturday
12:00pm - 2:45pm, 6:00pm - 9:45pm
Sunday
12:00pm - 4:45pm
(7:00pm - 9:00pm Supper Club Set Menu)

The Garden Opening Hours
- CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.
Garden Bar: Friday - Sunday 08:30am - 10:00pm
Breakfast: Friday - Sunday 08:30am - 11:30am
Lunch & Dinner: Friday - Sunday 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Please see pub website for any bank holiday opening times.
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Phone number
01628 621936
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Matt Larcombe
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Private Party Contact
Events Co-ordinator: 01628 621936
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Area
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Parking Details
Our carpark is located to the side of us.
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Public Transit
Trains from London Paddington to Maidenhead.
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Entertainment
Quiz nights

Wine club

Whisky Wednesday

Sunday Supper Club

Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
What 996 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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FlyingScotsman (West Sussex)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Good food and great staff. Very well managed operation. Drinks order taken as we sat down. Food order 5 mins later.
Confit of Duck and Fish & Chips excellent.
Wine list far far too expensive. House wine at £19 just tasteless. So wine lets them down.....or it would have been 5 stars.

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CarolineP 
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Lovely lively cosy pub. Good very good but higher than normal pub prices but worth it. Staff were very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 18 February 2018

Great food and Sunday roast as always but service for drinks and acknowledgement was very slow on this occasion . When I asked why service was so slow after asking twice to order drinks I received a rude reply from the waitress that we are busy and there isn't a lot I can do about it . Which I found quite insulting.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

Excellent food and cozy atmosphere

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mrnil (Berkshire)
4.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

We are quite loyal customers for the Crown at Bray for quite some years now. The food quality hasn't really changed that much, and when I say changed, its still pretty good. Sometimes you take a risk and try something new. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. I understand that the Chefs there want to excel themselves and be very creative and most of the time they succeed.

The not so positives:

But sometimes a burger needs to be kept in its classic form. This time my wife and I tried the pastrami burger and although it sounded like a very innovative idea and concept, it turned out to be a New York style pastrami sandwich and the flavours lost by the amount of mustard.

My dessert was the apple crumble and again this is such a classic that attempting to changing it its very risky. Unfortunately for me it didn't have the texture a crumble should have, it became very quickly a liquid custard soup with baked apple pieces and some crunchy bits. The flavours were there but the composition of the dish was not to my taste.

The positives:

Great starters. My wife loves the mushroom parfait (she keeps ordering it). I went for something new this time and ordered the Crispy Cauliflower which was delicious.

We already shared this review with the staff at the Crown verbally so they know this already. They are really hospitable, its a great place, highly recommended but be prepared to take some risks which may not pay off.

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LucyB (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

Great food and venue, staff really helpful and pleasant.

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SteveW (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

We found the staff to be very efficient and friendly.
Food was fantastic, and the Fleurie we chose to go with our meal was excellent.
We had to leave promptly to get to Twickenham, and the team helped in this regard.
All in all - would highly recommend.

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PaulC (Berkshire)
3.0  Dined on 8 February 2018

the food was excellent - we had the duck and the hereford burger - both beautifully cooked and the accompanying vegetables had a nice twist in the way they were cooked. We had the mushroom pate starter on sourdough which melted on the tongue although the bread was a bit sparse and need to order some more.
We had a 45 minute wait for the main course which when you are popping into your local pub for pub lunch is too long. The Crown was busy but not overly crowded.

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Anthony (London)
5.0  Dined on 29 January 2018

Great Food as expected. Staff lovely. Nice cosy atmosphere. Definitely recommend and will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 28 January 2018

Sunday lunch on this visit, its difficult to beat the food here. Wonderful. The icecream and caramel sauce is a gem as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

Delicious and interesting food, prompt service on a Saturday evening

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SarahT (Berkshire)
4.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

Had a lovely Birthday dinner at The Crown. The service was good and the food was top notch. My only niggle was that we had been asked on booking and on confirmation of booking if it was for a special occasion (it was) and then they confirmed as we arrived. I guess that this raises expectations that something celebratory is going to happen. While other customers who were also celebrating birthdays did receive dessert with candles, we didn't. It feels petty, as otherwise it was a lovely evening, but I would say they should be a bit more organised on this front. Or just don't ask.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

Food great, but service disappointing. Took a while to get one of our drinks and then no attention until we needed to ask for the bill. One toilet out of order... Enough said...

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sfchang (London)
5.0  Dined on 26 January 2018

Awesome fish and chips.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
4.0  Dined on 23 January 2018

A lovely relaxing evening in a cozy atmosphere, full of old world charm.
Friendly, helpful staff: Delicious food, especially the bread and butter pudding!
Will look forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on 21 January 2018

Absolutely loved our meal here on Sunday. The roast dinner was amazing and learnt about Supper Club! We will be back very soon!

Thank you

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Barbara (Berkshire)
4.0  Dined on 21 January 2018

Took friends for Sunday lunch. Great atmosphere, restaurant packed but food and service still up to normal standard. One minor disappointment was the custard served with apple crumble was very runny! Certainly not a reason to not return though! Took advantage of our Xmas promo...free round of drinks...real treat thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 20 January 2018

Dinner with friends. We had been several times before and suggested to go there with them

Disappointing versus past experiences
1. Terrible seating where our table was back to back with another which was main walkway for people so constant brushing against my back and chair. I know is an old building but not really acceptable

2. Food v disappointing. We’d been longing for steak with marrowbone but this time was tiny portion and a bit tough meat. My wife’s was a quarter fat

Service was helpful.

Unlikely to come back

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OpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on 20 January 2018

A very disappointing experience. The food was excellent, but the service was crappy.

I booked the table online, to celebrate both mine and my wife's birthdays. The email confirmation confirmed the booking for two. However, a few days before the date, I was called by The Crown, to confirm a booking for three. On correcting the person I spoke to, I got a loud sigh and what seemed like a reluctance to correct the error.

The booking website also gave me an option to select if the meal was for a special occasion, with birthdays a selectable option. I'm not sure what this feature is for, as it didn't translate to anything at the meal.

Given the relatively high cost and reputation of The Crown, I was quite surprised by how bad the service was. It took close to 1 hr 45 mins to be served and eat 1 course, by which time we were too tired to bother with dessert. Other than an initial drinks order, service was only given after flagging down a waiter. At the bar, one staff member spent over 20 minutes removing the seeds from a pomegranate, ignoring various customers who had to wait for the other staff members for service. Fortunately, the three other staff members seemed to spend most of thier time behind the bar, which was probably why we spent so long waiting for table service.

In part, my frustration with the experience was borne from date nights being relatively rare (1 year old child, expensive to hire a nanny etc.), so there had been some anticipation for a lovely birthday night out. As mentioned at the start, the food was lovely (the fish n' chips in particular), but this was massively let down by very poor service.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
3.0  Dined on 20 January 2018

Had the sirloin steak and for £30 was disappointed. A piece of steak (which was ok) and some oven chips (which feels lazy) was all I got, any veg etc are extra.

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