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The Crown at Bray

4.3
1047 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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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 - 6:00pm

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 1047 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
service
4.3
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3.9
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food and brilliant service at our table.

Locals at the bar talk a lot and like the sound of their own voice.

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great food, great service in a lovely setting. Will call agin.

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Enjoyable meal - outstanding dessert. Thought the actual room where we ate was quite dark which slightly detracted but would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Great food with equally excellent service!!

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

As always, great food, great people. Love The Crown. Thanks

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 15 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Very good food. Possibly h the best hamburger I've ever had. Superb staff.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Excellent, was recommended by my brother who also thinks it’s excellent

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4.0Dined on 14 May 2018

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...

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Top meal. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

An excellent early evening visit. The service was excellent - very attentive and the food was delicious - highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Always an amazing experience, feel so welcome and food perfect - thanks Team. Alun @ Made for Drink.....

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2.0Dined on 8 May 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 8 May 2018

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?

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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on 3 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

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......

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4.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Great G&T
Have eaten dinners and lunches here .
Food excellent . Would just like to see maybe a salad or two on lunch time menu .

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4.0Dined on 16 April 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 12 April 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Service was a bit distracted (and it wasn't that busy); food was good as always. Atmosphere is nice and relaxed.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Always excellent, best Sunday roasts and friendly and professional staff

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Poor customer service from all staff. Not accommodating or engaging throughout the entire meal.
Very disappointing

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 30 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Excellent food if not a bit overpriced but always tastes consistently fantastic

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Had a lovely dinner here with friends. The staff were friendly and full of fun! Food was excellent.

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