The Crown at Bray

4.4
1088 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
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, (Supper Club) 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Please see the pub website for bank holiday and The Garden 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 1088 People Are Saying
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LC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group ate the Crown burger and sirloin steak with Marylebone sauce. Both items were outstanding! Would recommend to anyone.

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A
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant, great service and fantastic food

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic three-course Sunday lunch at Hestons wonderful pub.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I found our lunch on Sunday to be a bit of a disappointment. The service was lovely but the food was incredibly average. The cauliflower cheese was over salted, so much so that we couldn’t finish it, and I was underwhelmed by the burger. Feels like an just an average village pub as opposed to something more.

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J
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Quant English pub, immediately served . Wine by the glass was lovely . The iron streak was the best I’ve tasted in years , melt in the mouth - amazing !!

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BR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was great but the service was not as friendly, vibrant or attentive as it used to be.

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TH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great cask beer. Friendly service. Would recommend!

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RC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service, easy to park. Great ambience. they concentrate on food and service. Great

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L
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Has started to become, little X pensive . From a very old customer

Who plans to visit again soon, but it could slip off my list if the above trend continues

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely time, the food was fab. The staff were lovely. The only reason I marked the service down was it did seem a long wait for our main course - not that we were in a hurry but it was long enough to start wondering where it had got too.
Otherwise it was great - all of us enjoyed the food and the surroundings. We would definitely re-visit.

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PT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pub classics with very imaginative and innovative twists in a very trafitional pub. Excellent for 65th anniversary meal with millenial children. Everyone very happy. The cod broth and cauliflower were especially diiferent and the ganache desert. Worth the price.

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F
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to the Crown several times and never been disappointed.
Relaxed atmosphere, with a real mixed group of guests across the restaurant.
Staff very informative about the menu and gave great recommendations.
Fish and chips x 2 - both loved it.
Flat iron steak x 1 - didn't arrive as we would of expected, but it was amazing.
Pea risotto x 1 - not a favourite and wouldn't have again, but personal choice.
Lovely garden area.
Biggest surprise is the size of the carpark - an added bonus!

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food and drinks were fantastic but the service let it down on this occasion.

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NI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Probably the best battered fish that I have ever eaten. Simples

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ID
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This was the third or fourth time I’ve been to the Crown. It’s a wonderful little pub setting and as usual the food was very tasty and the range of beers great. This time however the service was not really up to scratch; not particularly friendly or welcoming and although the food was very nice, at the price point being asked, you come away with a feeling that it wasn’t particularly great value.

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HJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superbly executed easy going pub food with a couple of agreeable twists. Sure its not cheap but worth the extra over comparable pubs if you are into your food. Friendly and professional service, quiet, authentic pub decor.

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JU
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great drink selection. Look forward to eating here again soon.

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P
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very reliable good gastro pub food with very good service

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really good pub style food made with care and with quality ingredients, but prices are a bit over the top - 29 GBP for a small sirloin steak with a tiny little jug of sauce plus 1.5 GBP if you want a little more (and you will). Anything more than the side serve of chips it come with is also extra. So by the time you add in some veggies it is getting rather expensive. But, the qualityis there and our meal was delicious. Irish coffees at the end of our meal totally lacked any understanding of what an Irish coffee should be - very ordinary. Ok service with friendly young staff, reasonable dine list with good options at a reasonable price point and a lovely cozy Ye old English pub atmosphere in beautiful Bray.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was ok but very bland. Pub grub at double the price .

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n
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently great. Never had a bad meal and the food is both presented beautifully and delicious

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DE
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Extremely disappointed. There weee four of us- me, my husband and two sons in their twenties. We are all foodies. Heston should get this sorted as this pub has put us off trying his more high end restaurants. To say he has three venues in the same village you would think quality enforcement would be easy.
The bar staff were immature and lacked knowledge. No NZ sauvignon blanc by the glass only the bottle- almost unheard of in a quality establishment!!- I ended up with an Essex white for £9.00 which was warm and asked for ice twice to add! My husbands a d sons beer was warm and not good because of this. Is this normal for Bray??As for dinner- my husbands mackeral pate- poor quality, tasteless and very very small - would never have guessed what in it if blind tasting!(Shaun Dickens at the Boatyard, Henley, the next day demonstrated this simple dish dish as it should be). My prawn cocktail was soggy and limp like it had been mixed with lettuce and cocktail sauce for hours. Nothing special at all. Fish and chips were good but expensive for what they were at £18. A bottle of French Rose almost £40! Again not very chilled and no proper ice bucket just a steel wine sleeve with ice underneath so I had to add water to the ice to help it out to immerse the bottle more! At the end we decided on brandy coffee which arrived- big gulp of the whipped cream and the cream was totally sour/off- when I told the waitress she said had just opened the cream but another senior member brought new ones and apologised saying it was indeed sour after she tasted it but the cream was in date. She knocked if off the bill but for £6.50 you would think cream is tasted before sending it out especially in this heat. All in all big disappointment. Wouldnt recommend. Been to to wonderful gastropubs including Pipe and Glass near where we live near Driffield, Yorkshire (Michelin star pub) and the food and excellent service lost and found that if the Crown in Bray!

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MH
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal just the two of us for my wife's birthday. Cosy pub atmosphere with excellent menu offering a selection (not too many, not too few) of unpretentious 'staple pub-food' options with a range of dining options ('bar', 'restaurant', 'courtyard', 'garden') - you can even go there and just drink beer (heavens!). At first glance food seems a little pricey (£8-9 for a starter, £17-20 for a 'burger'), but quality and presentation more than support the price point. When we visited on a Thursday evening during the heatwave (dined in the 'courtyard') we were surprised that the place was not more busy ('cosy' with maybe 10-12 covers overall) - but we noticed that this was also true of other local venues. There were plenty of kitchen staff in evidence and wait staff on hand ensuring efficient and pleasant service. A nice touch was the attention paid to the special occasion (notified when booking) - resulting not only in the token free 'birthday sorbet', but also in a birthday card signed by the staff. Overall, a very enjoyable cosy evening - would recommend.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice Pub Atmosphere with great food. Highly recommended!!.

Pav

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EB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a fantastic place for a quiet, informL meal. We had an outstanding Sunday lunch.
The staff are very friendly and the food was amazing. It is definitely worth a visit.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great but the superb staff made the evening as they were supportive without ever being intrusive. They could tell you background stuff about menu items, and made sensible recommendations. The Restaurant is not cheap but you walk away well fed and watered, and no feelings of being ripped off.

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RB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meat was tender and cooked to perfection. Salad greens so fresh. Lots of atmosphere in the bar and dining area.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding lunch at a wonderful location! We drove 100km for our lunch (as Aussies do) and weren’t disappointed. Thanks for the memories!

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LA
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately we had a rather poor experience for the THIRD!!! time at this venue. (We kept making allowances however will not be returning again) We started with a drink outside which was served with a couple of critters floating inside. I did notice this at the time of pouring however didn’t want to make a fuss and fished them out with a spoon. We then decided to move inside and after an hour and 15 of waiting for the food, had to chase it up. The order hadn’t been put through and so it was rushed, resulting in one of the greasiest, undercooked burgers I’ve ever eaten. The Bacon was simply strips of warm but raw fat. I do not mind rare meat, in fact that’s in most cases my preference, however I wasn’t asked how I would like the burger cooked. I was happy to experience it as the chef sees best prepared. Unfortunately it was simply raw mince, not cooked through at all and dripping in oil. The serving staff apologised and removed the burger from the bill along with the 3 glasses of wine but the bill was still extortionate for what ended up being 2 average main meals and 2 mediocre desserts. Not the best experience for my sisters 40th birthday. Sadly, I feel I have given the venue enough chances and in future I will definitely not be returning.

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great meal, well served and very relaxed atmosphere.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Having previously had an excellent meal here accompanied by A1 service this visit was poor for a Michelin * restaurant. In fact it was poor for heneral pub grub standards. The service was poor despite there being only two tables eating.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Disappointing service given that it was my boyfriends birthday.
We had drinks outside to begin, it was a Tuesday night so not at all busy - when we went inside we ordered the same drinks as the bar JUST outside. Pink Gin was only available at the outside bar, my BF then asked for a bottle of Heineken only to be told it was only available outside - ok a bottle of Gin I get but one bottle of lager no! Another bartender overheard the order & stepped in to offer to bring one from outside.
Table service was appalling - ordered still water & we were left with just this for 20 minutes. Our other drinks were finished.
They then left us for another 15 minutes before taking the food order - let me reiterate the restaurant was not busy. Staff just standing round talking, no napkins or cutlery on the tables - we had to request both once the starter arrived.
A bartender with a smart mouth thrown in & the overall feel of the evening was extremely disappointing

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been several times, for lunch and dinner and does not disappoint. Creative yet classic pub menu - lovely location in the village of Bray and friendly service.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food in an outstanding old pub. Service was a little slow and they were short staffed for which they apologised - but it was the evening of the England Game. Preferred sitting in the garden to the courtyard on comfortable sofas. the flatiron steak frites was superb as was the "Crown" burger - didn't make the deserts but they looked great. Will go again, preferably not during the world cup!

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LS
Oxford
13 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice pub style menu and our food was perfectly prepared, good size portions and well presented. We sat in the courtyard which was nice on a sunny day. Prawn cocktail was one of the best I have ever had with plenty of prawns mixed in a really nice sauce. Sirloin steak and Hereford burger were cooked perfectly as required. Service was good at the outset but annoyingly after finishing main course and drinks we were left sitting for over 15 minutes with empty plates and glasses in front of us despite waiters walking past numerous times. They missed the opportunity of asking us if we wanted more drinks or a dessert as we got fed up and eventually found someone to give us the bill. Despite this, up to that point we couldn’t fault the experience, let’s hope the poor service at the end was a one off.

Overall excellent and will definitely visit again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday treat

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great country pub

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SS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the menu isn’t extensive, but even so it’s hard to choose! Everything is freshly prepared to order, absolutely delicious and the ice cream is a must!

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FE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had. Burger is the best ever.

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience in this gastro pub. Their garden is amazing during the summer! The food was delicious (croquetes, fish and chips and the crown burger were unforgettable).

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