What it's like at The Hind's Head in Bray
PUBLISHED: 11:49 17 June 2019
Fancy a roast? Heston's Hind's Head is the place to go
Sunday: a day for worship; a day for rest; and a day for a traditional British Sunday roast. And I can't think of a better place to go than to Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred restaurant the Hind's Head in Bray.
This 15th-century hunting lodge has been lovingly restored by Heston and his team. As you swing open the door and sweep back the heavy drapes, your eyes adjust to the low lighting, allowing you to admire the eccentric, elegant decor, Grade-II listed exposed beams and open fireplaces.
We were ushered upstairs to the opulent Royal Lounge bar that is equally as dark and dramatic, but offers pretty views of the village high street. Although this pub could be deemed 'posh', there's a relaxed atmosphere and we settled back on an antique sofa to sip on a local beer.
The dining area downstairs has an intimate feel, with wood-panelled walls and oxblood leather banquettes. We ordered the three-course Sunday roast, which kicks off with a delicious pea and ham soup. The bowl arrived covered with a plate, on which sat a warm Scotch egg. And to our delight, as we bit into the juicy sausage meat encased in crispy breadcrumbs, the yolk was perfectly runny inside.
A generous portion of succulent roast sirloin of dry-aged Aberdeen Angus arrived next, accompanied by triple-cooked roast potatoes that were crunchy on the outside but fluffy on the inside, and what I think was the best Yorkshire pudding I've ever had. We enjoyed a portion of seasonal vegetables and lashings of full-flavour gravy. Chef Pete Gray had excelled himself!
To finish on something sweet, we had Heston's historically inspired Quaking pudding. It was light and aromatic, the cinnamon complementing the compressed apple. The food had been superb. And despite the Hind's Head's reputation, it is also affordable.
Quintessentially British, this is THE place to go for Sunday lunch in Berkshire.
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