The Crown at Bray

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1258 reviews
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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.
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overpriced for the food quality. Nice burger, but small fish portion with a lot of batter. Heston is famous for his chips, but mine were ordinary and uninspiring.
A lovely old pub, friendly staff, but a bit of a rip off. Shame.

TB
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, excellent. The traditional pub feel is preserved while the food measures up to Blumental standards. Certainly the Crown is the most reasonably priced of Heston's three estblishments in this picture-postcard village.

B
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a pleasant Sunday lunch. We felt the food was good but overpriced for what you received and that we were paying for the brand not what was served. We would recommend The Crown for a nice meal but warn that it is a bit pricey.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Really lovely staff, would visit again. Seemed overpriced for what was p

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Incredibly poor food given the supposed pedigree, flabby, cold steak with pale chips, overly sweet prawn cocktail, tiny mackerel pâté and a poor puff pastry vegetarian thing, really disappointing and ridiculously overpriced for a local boozer.
A shame as it's a nice pub for a relaxed visit, just seems to have pretensions of being something more.

JT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, in a lovely traditional english pub setting with, great service.

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and dining experience. Didn't feel rushed and could enjoy a good catch up with old friends.

E
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

unpretentious, superbly attentive service, very good food - the 'hot pot' potatoes that came with the lamb were outstanding, fish in the fish and chips tender and batter good, brown butter with plaice great, and puddings a real cut above

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Brought family visiting from Austria and will definitely come back!

RS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and the food was really nice- fish would definitely go back in the future.

FC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were specially assigned to a quiet corner seat and the staff served us prepared a card and special dessert for our anniversary. So sweet! ~ It ended our UK trip perfectly as we were flying home the next day. Thank you very much for a wonderful night!

DC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I'd have nothing to complain about if it were about a third cheaper. The food is fine but there's much better value for money to be found elsewhere. Expected more from a place with Heston's name attached to it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our group of 10 enjoyed the ambience and the food which ranged from burgers to lamb, fish and steaks. All were cooked to perfection and well presented. The staff were attentive though we felt we were rushed through the evening and would have enjoyed more time having pre-dinner drinks in the garden.

AM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

waited for an hour and a half for our main courses. husbands was cold. we couldnt find any staff to tell this to so he just carried on eating. We were out for my fathers birthday so didnt want to make a fuss.
anyway when waitress eventually came, she offered to put the fish that was left in the microwave.. so not good enough. no apology, nothing

J
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food in a pub setting but nothing to catapult it into the excellent category. Unfortunately their hand pulled beers were not available due to the hot weather.

GB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best burger ever unfortunately one of the party is gluten and she couldn't have the hamburger as no gluten
free bun perhaps that's something you could look into.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for mine and my partners 10th Anniversary. We arrived quite early so sat in the garden, which was a very nice experience (except for the wasps that kept floating around our drinks). We sat down inside for our meal and we received great service from the waiter. The food came quickly and was cooked to perfection. I have already highly recommend this place to my friends and would also recommend to others. It’s rare to find such a nice location with excellent food and friendly, accommodating staff!!

m
Gloucestershire
17 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, overpriced for lunch. The rum cocktail was excellent. Nice touch of a birthday candle in a small bite size cake.

The only let down is the ladies, there was toilet all over the floor. Needs a thorough cleaning. On my visit I witnessed a member of staff use the facilities and didn’t wash her hands!

AH
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I had a great time the food was lovely but it was very warm no air conditioning I became very uncomfortable.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal in this pub, food was lush and service fab. Cauliflower soup as a starter was so tasty. As it was my husbands birthday (one of the staffmembers asked if there was a special occasion) they got him a little sweet with a candle and a card! Great service, very thoughtful and we'll come back to this place, for sure.

KL
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our 37th Anniversary, and everything was just wonderful. The Staff exceptional, and the food delicious. Just a lovely, leisurely lunch with friends.

F
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good as always, looking to returning.
Love your Fish and chips

LK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Attended with high expectations. There was no atmosphere inside. Got offered super unattractive table in the courtyard. Table not dressed, hardly anyone there. Changed for the garden but the seating was uncomfortable. Finally ate inside the pub on hot sunny day. Food was tasty but nothing amazing. Quite expensive. Plus £1 Sunday Social charge added to the bill (?). Won’t be rushing back there definitely.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, interesting food and friendly helpful staff in a pub atmospher - what more could you want.

D
London
84 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We turned up early after a day at Henley, and had a drink at the bar until our table was ready. The service was terrific - the waiter knew about the food and was keen to engage with us. The food was delicious...that batter round the special turbot was fantastic!!! ...and the portions are big. We have eaten at all of Heston’s places. They are all very different in ambience and ‘vibe’, but the food and service are stand-out terrific in them all.

L
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent burger, lovely terrace / outside dining space. Would definitely return!

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt the head chef and the staff there are exceptional, great service and brilliant food. Would highly recommend all come come and experience this amazing pub!

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really helpful and informative staff, food was excellent and reasonably priced. Fantastic garden. Would highly recommend.

PG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Was very average food, given the high cost of it. Beer garden was nice. Pub was overrun with drunk Ascot singers

c
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good pub food. Limited vegan/vegetarian options.
A beautiful old pub and very helpful staff.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food but a fairly limited menu and a little dear for what it is. Lovely outside garden and great atmosphere.

x
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Ambience good, food good. Service a little hesitent and unsure. No recommendations to order side dish when main served "naked"

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor! Served us still instead of sparkling water. Sides came late - one side didn’t come at all; we were told it was sent to another table. Waitress couldn’t care less - no apology and sending manager to deal with it seemed a real effort for her. Complete and utter apathy in general. I will not be going back ever!

KO
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely little pub, good menu with great drinks range.
Friendly service, a little more space at the tables to push/pull chair back would be good though!

MM
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had the pleasure of visiting the Crown whenever I come to Bray.,it has consistently proved to serve delicious food in a friendly atmosphere with great service. Thank you

T
Aberdeen
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went as a family to enjoy a family meal and were extremely disappointed with the level of service and quality of food. The manager was very patronising when he said three of the four burgers we ordered were charred when they were in fact incinerated. I would not recommend and will not be returning.

DA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

VG quality food and service in a classic oak beamed pub. It has a quiet yet welcoming atmosphere and thankfully no piped music.
Staff are attentive and interested in the customers.
Good value wine list to compliment excellent menu - main courses somewhat more expensive than local competitors.
Finally a proper bar with good selection of beers.
Please keep it up.

f
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to the Crown pretty regularly, but haven't written a review recently. Went with my family who were visiting form the US this week and the food and service were all spot on. The prawn cocktail and cauliflower starters that I shard with my wife were excellent as usual and my Crown Burger and chips were perfection. It isn't the cheapest place in the world, but for me the great ambiance, tasty food (and consistently of the chef/kitchen) and friendly service are really a winning combination that is worth a little extra.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish and chips I've EVER had!

GB
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was really lovely - fish and chips excellent & peanut butter ice cream too :-) My husband enjoyed his birthday treat and we had kind, attentive service.
Only thing was that I was amazed to see they'd charged £4.50 for a pint of soda water!! From the tap - it wasn't even a bottle of sparkling water! Plus £0.50 for a dash of lime - totaling exactly the same as my husband's pint. I did question it as it looked wrong. The mark up on that is ridiculous and unneccessary and left me feeling ripped off which spoilt the experience sadly.

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