23 Mar 2011
Less than a fortnight after my visit to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, I found myself at his recently acquired pub, The Crown at Bray for a friend’s 30th birthday dinner.
Despite accusations from locals of turning Bray into “Hestonworld”, alongside neighbouring Blumenthal-owned establishments, The Hinds Head and of course The Fat Duck, all I can say is The Crown at Bray looked and felt very much like it had been preserved as a traditional 16th century pub to me. Then again, through my New Zealander eyes anything older than 100 years seems positively ancient!
Low ceilings, rickety, uneven, carpeted flooring, open fireplaces and dark, cosy corners dominated this seemingly long established, village pub. The menu devised by head chef at The Fat Duck, Ashley Palmer-Watts, attempts to remain true to traditional British pub food. Being a group of 10, we were seated in their private dining area and offered their 3 course set menu (£28.50), which we had ordered from a week in advance. All options were very tempting! (more…)