When we entered the pub we had to walk through a swarm of flies. It took a while to be seated although there were hardly any ppl (our reservation was for 6pm on a Monday which was no bank holiday either).
Our table was in a cosy corner by the window but again there were small little flies and bugs everywhere around the window.
The smell in the restaurant was unfortunately not great either.
For a starter we shared the ham hock croquettes - which were just breaded ham with no potato or anything else in them so a bit dry and crumbly. It might be to someone else’s taste but I just expected something more - more like a croquette. The sauce they were served with was very nice.
For mains we had the Hereford Burger with fries and fish and chips. The fries were a bit dry and hard but the chips made up for that - they were delicious! Fluffy in the middle and crispy not dry on the outside.
The fish was juicy and nicely presented with some lemon on the side and served with a lovely sauce. The burger also very nice but the bun a bit dry.
With that we had two drinks - a small ginger ale and small coke. Our bill including the 12.5% tip they automatically add came in at just under £60
The experience was mediocre as was the food for the price. The ambiance and feel of the place is just like any ordinary pub (including the funky smell) which we did not expect to that extend from an establishment owned by Heston Blumenthal.
We will not be returning.
Great food and brilliant service at our table.
Locals at the bar talk a lot and like the sound of their own voice.
Nice environment in a scenic village genuine pub style and good quality food with descent options. Probably priced on the high side compared to the options.
Great food, great service in a lovely setting. Will call agin.
Excellent quality from the kitchen and exceptional service. On a busy Saturday night the tables are very close together, so a private conversation is a non starter! However, overall, a very good experience.
Enjoyable meal - outstanding dessert. Thought the actual room where we ate was quite dark which slightly detracted but would definitely recommend.
The food was amazing! Unfortunately the service let it down. If it was busy I could understand it but the main restaurant was quiet. We will, however, be back.
Great food with equally excellent service!!
As always, great food, great people. Love The Crown. Thanks
Food was certainly delicious but it took over an hour and a half for it to arrive on our table of 4. We had booked for Sunday lunch at around 1pm and the restaurant was not even full. Menu offered some fried snacks as starters, only one portion was available at 1pm!??
Such a ridiculous wait.. (and the adjoining card on our table advising us of when the table was next booked.. no wonder if it takes them all that tome to serve) added to a couple of mistakes between the order and the billing made for a very poor customer experience.
Food is excellent. High number of kitchen staff. Service is a bit "sixth form" without the professional calibre of waiting staff that the food deserves
Very good food. Possibly h the best hamburger I've ever had. Superb staff.
You were able to fit myself and 2 visiting German work colleagues in for an evening meal at very short notice. They enjoyed it enormously, with great beer, food and service. We shall certainly be coming again in the near future. Thank you very much
Excellent, was recommended by my brother who also thinks it’s excellent
Really good food and service in very traditional pub setting.
Even as the 'entry level' to Heston's magical world of food, perhaps my expectations were a little high, the experience was very good but possibly not bordering on the amazing birthday dinner for which I hoped for my wife. Still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but, as good as it was, I probably hoped for at least one sock to be blown off by the lunch.
Can see the garden barbecue being enjoyable of a summer's evening - maybe another time...
Top meal. Recommended.
An excellent early evening visit. The service was excellent - very attentive and the food was delicious - highly recommended.
Always an amazing experience, feel so welcome and food perfect - thanks Team. Alun @ Made for Drink.....
Food was fine, service was a bit of a challenge. First time I've ever asked for a restaurant to take the optional service charge off the bill.
Always friendly and knowledgeable service at The Crown with superior and inventive pub food.
The sunshine was welcome and an opportunity to eat outside but what a pity the garden wasn't open. The small space just behind the pub feels a bit like being in a storage area in a back-yard.
Surely time to spruce it up and make it more inviting?
Nice food but the service could be better. Took time to get someone's attention to be seated, even though we had a reservation - there was no clear person to speak to, and the bar was too busy to get to. Service was slow once seated, took ages for empty plates to be removed between courses.
I had been recommended here by a few friends and I have to say I was not disappointed. Excellent food and the staff were lovely. I celebrated my birthday yesterday there and I got a card from all the staff, Such a special touch. I will definitely be back myself and be telling people to go!
Pretty ordinary unfortunately - service mediocre at best- food over priced
Lovely setting and good beer selection
Worth a drink but wouldn’t return for food
Just moved to Bray, and visited the Crown for dinner on Saturday night. Having read a bunch of reviews, I was a little concerned about the service. However it was excellent from walking through the door.
We were looked after by a SA Waitress from Cape Town, who was fantastic.
Dinner was tasty, Ham hock croquettes delicious! Wine was good.
Great first experience - i will be back for the fish and chips next time!
always a pleassure and a treat coming here, we love it and we are never disappointed, food is amazing and always a great service, thank you all of you at the Crown:-) warmly recommend the oxe cheeks with mash......
Have eaten dinners and lunches here .
Food excellent . Would just like to see maybe a salad or two on lunch time menu .
Food was outstanding. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't say the same for the customer service. Waited ages to initially be seen to. When we finally did the gentleman wasn't very friendly at all. Had to ask for both first drinks, to place our order for food and for drinks for our meal.
Good food, but the menu has barely changed.
Service e very slow and they acted like they didn’t care whether we there or not. We all know the people running the place are passionate about what they do, but they need to instil a bit of that passion in the foot soldiers!!!
Probably won’t go back in a hurry and more likely to recommend other places.
I went to the crown with standard expectations following the reviews I’d read before, but unfortunately it didn’t even meet those. The food was standard quality pub food, small portions for the price and the overall atmosphere was unwelcoming.
The pub is also in desperate need of a refurb, as it’s incredibly run down inside and also feels quite grubby.
Disappointing visit, sadly not returning
I think that the problem was that we were probably expecting too much. The food was OK, the surroundings were OK. But I think we were expecting something special. The service was a disappointment- adequate, but without warmth. We travelled 35 miles for our meal but we could have found better value closer to home.
Service was a bit distracted (and it wasn't that busy); food was good as always. Atmosphere is nice and relaxed.
Always excellent, best Sunday roasts and friendly and professional staff
Been meaning to go for ages. Took my wife out for a date night and it was perfect. The food, cosy pub atmosphere and the service, made the evening special. Thank you guys, will be back in the near future.
Poor customer service from all staff. Not accommodating or engaging throughout the entire meal.
The highest quality of pub food at The Crown at Bray. A Friday late lunch in horrible weather.
Starters: the best soup I have had in a long time (smoked haddock and potato) and a 1970s prawn cocktail so excellent it managed not to be naff.
Mains: We had truly exceptional fish and chips , through meltingly soft ox cheeks.
A cosy medieval pub with a real fire in the grate.
The staff are friendly, and reasonably efficient, though service is less polished that at the neighbouring sister pub/restaurant The Hinds Head.
Lovely character pub, fish was beautiful, light and well cooked. Sirloin also good, expensive for a pub and although we enjoyed it, we live too far away to go there often
Booked ahead to ask about birthday celebrations and to have a candal in the pudding which was confirmed but it didn’t happen although asked. Disappointed but food was good
Excellent food if not a bit overpriced but always tastes consistently fantastic
The service is fantastic. We were disappointed in the cauliflower cheese - much too dry, and the sauce on the side did not compensate for this.
The prawn cocktail was unremarkable in every way.
The sticky toffee pudding was delicious.
The added touch of a birthday card and candle in ice-cream were lovely.
Had a lovely dinner here with friends. The staff were friendly and full of fun! Food was excellent.