The Crown at Bray

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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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LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistent

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WW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat in the garden and it was absolutely fantastic!!

JP
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was amazing. The staff were really helpful and nice. My kids loved the food, service and dessert.

MO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing meal I will be back

J
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely evening here as always, great service, staff and food. Great atmosphere and character.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I booked the crown in Bray because I had heard how great their Sunday roasts were unfortunately they had a shortage of meat on the day I had booked and weren't doing roast dinners, which I had been looking forward to all day, so was bitterly disappointed as i believe my experience would have been totally different and the meal would probably have been stupendous.. I was going to book for xmas day but am worried the same debacle might happen.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Don't like red cabbage as a vegetable with my roast beef and roast potatoes very bland. Would not recommend.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Front of house and bar staff really welcoming and you can tell they love their job, waiting staff on tables very poor, took an age to order food, then to grab attention during. Never asked how our food was, which was ok, but not outstanding compared to hinds head around the corner. Lovely quaint pub and would definitely Pop in again for a drink!

JG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was exceptional.

AL
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal, good service

MS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great lunch and attentive staff, definitely going again

i
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
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.

SE
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pub in a lovely setting. Food and service were excellent - a very enjoyable lunch, thank you!

TB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
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 on 18 August 2019
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

OT
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep returning because every time I visit, the food gets better and better; even the fish and chips is to die for! Don’t hesitate, just book your table

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!

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