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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vipDandan100
London
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

VFM poor I’m afraid
Reasonable pub food but nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Valentine’s Day. Nice food. Not such an interesting wine selection and the fire wasn’t on.

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casualdinner
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a lovely pub with gorgeous food. We love going there when we have a chance and always had an amazing service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipAVK11
London
58 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at the Crown.
The welcome from the lovely bar manager and knowledgeable advice regarding wine was very well received.
Lovely service and delicious quality food. Well worth the extra few pounds for a ‘pub’ dinner.
Would definitely return.

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vipmarkilluminati
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent upmarket pub, very nice very simple

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vipParisLondoner
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best beef carpaccio ever and wild mushroom risotto rich in flavours and textures - it keeps on getting better each time we return!

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vipParisLondoner
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son who attends school nearby and I always enjoy our Saturday lunches at this gastro pub. We love the food of course - from delicious classics like hamburgers to seasonal specialities like wild mushroom risotto - but also the typical decor and great company.

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Mysore
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Wrong wine served
Watery chicken and mushroom pie, thin crust
Oil dripping fish and chips
Linguine overly oily
Ordered sourdough bread and served brown .. no explanation
Bloody awful and overly priced, disappointing as we were entertaining guests from overseas. Regrettably mislead by the Heston name. Never again.

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KathyT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night of our vacation in England!

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Roxy
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We had the turkey lunch, and although what we had was delicious, we only had 4 sprout leaves and no carrots at all. The pub had 2 open fires which were not lit, hence it was quite chilly.

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Wildcat51
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Over the last few years we have eaten at The Crown a half dozen times and always been happy with the quality and service. Last Friday was unfortunately not up to the previous visits. A side dish was missed off the order and so delivered late, the food was not great and when the bill came it was wrong. Didn't get a great response from our server when we raised any of these points!! As I say, its been very good before but not this time.

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simonr
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great please for lunch or dinner. The food is always amazing.

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vipLocalResident
Berkshire
34 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sadly, the menu for this pub doesn't change often enough and it has been brought to the attention of the owner and head chef on many occasions by numerous people. The pub is no longer affiliated with Heston Blumenthal, yet they still give the impression it is and charge the same prices. This is a pub that has no celebrity chef and is very misleading. The service can be hit and miss but generally ok. The food is generally good, however with a menu that has been the same for years and is boring.

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vipPaulA
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality Sunday lunch. Loved it and would definitely recommend

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple food but done exceptionally well! My steak was the best steak I have had to date, perfectly cooked and the sauce was beautiful. Service was also very good, we had a very attentive waiter, all dishes and finished glasses were quickly cleared away. Al staff we encountered were very polite and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good ambiance super staff attitude a credit to the establishment .

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OlivierJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at the Crown this weekend. Food was superb, wine as well, and staff was just perfect in every way (pro, efficient, friendly, helpful...). I strongly recommend the Crown.

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vipSimonH
London
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. All the members of the team are so welcoming and always remember us. A family favourite

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CR123
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Better food available elsewhere at a much cheaper price. Also a very poor attitude to foid allergies.

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AnthonyC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

pleasant atmosphere, nice food but not exceptional, quite good service but overall pricy. 1 x alcohol free beer, Soup, fish and chips, creme brûlée, coffee @ £62.00. AC

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SIMONR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Crown has a genuine old English pub feel, low beams, friendly atmosphere, interesting menu with a few surprises and presumably Heston’s take on some pub classics. Highly recommended

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JaneE
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Sunday lunch

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BucksDiner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Needed a decent local place to take visiting friends, so it was a great chance to try the Crown which has been on the to-do list for a while. We were seated in a nice, quieter area away from the bar which was perfect for dinner. Welcome and service was warm and friendly, seated immediately and offered water whilst we selected drinks.

Wine menu is extensive and reasonably priced, a slight shame that they had very low stock on the wine we were most interested in, but we just sampled a few different wines during the evening instead.

Food was sublime, particularly the Tomahawk Steak that two of us shared. The group all reported excellent meals. Cheeseboard slightly disappointing value for money, but nice nonetheless.

Overall a really enjoyable evening, fantastic food, wine and service. Can't wait to go back.

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DilwynO
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable Saturday lunch. Looking forward to our next visit.

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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Something has changed! Not necessarily for the better. The previously outstanding prwN cocktail has rather lost its twist. Presentation no longer special thanks to a change in stemware. Lettuce suffers as a consequence. The rib eye steak was truly excellent, a real triumph. The chunky chips and the fries were bothe very good, but what happened to the fish from the fish and chips. This was a standout, but the last couple of times it has been poor. The batter was floaty and brittle, lacking that all important mouth feel. The haddock inside was mediocre. A small piece that rather dried out. Not up to standard, despite it being a very quiet night.

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AlexN
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place and amazing food highly recommended to everyone if I was going to be real picky then the Yorkshires were a little greasy but the rest of the meal (3 course) was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fish and chips ok, too much mint in mushy peas. Risotto ok but at best a ten pound meal. 45 quid for proseco - complete rip off as well 19 quid for a coffee liqueur - and the 12.5 service charge is not required when u hike up the drinks prices like this. Great service , lovely waitress 10/10 for her. Value for money is poor - would recommend 10 others pubs which provide better food and reasonable prices

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MrandMrsT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and lovely friendly staff. The food was really delicious and they mad us feel very special on our anniversary. Thank you so much.

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CraigM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was really looking forward to this given that it has so many good reviews and is part of Heston's portfolio. It wasn't a terrible meal, but it wasn't great either. The fish and chips were overdone and I've had better finishes from the local take away. The cost is fine for the audience it is targeting, but i wasn't the only person walking out the door saying "It isn't good enough really" and "I'm not happy with that". Wouldn't be in a rush to go back for anything other than drinks

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TobyA
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I took my parents for lunch at The Crown. The service was very poor, the waitress was not particularly friendly. The manager was very poor and unhelpful when getting my mum to the table. My lamb was raw, and sent back. The fish and chips I then ordered wasn’t even up to the standard of the local chip shop. The chips were awful! Even after complaining about the uncooked lamb shank, they still charged me for the fish n chips?! It would have been far more polite and courteous to not charge me. Extremely disappointed and definitely will not be going back, or indeed recommending to anyone.

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TeeBee
Oxford
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I have been a regular lunch visitor to The Crown for several years (maybe once every two months). This time I booked through Open Table and specifically requested our usual Table 12. The booking was confirmed but when we arrives (2 of us) at 12.30 we were told the Table was reserved by someone else. We were put on a much smaller table. When we left at 2.15 the 'someone else' had still not arrived. To be fair, the barman apologised and said the bookers had just not turned up. The menu was certainly not as appealing as it used to be. What has happened to good pub food like steak and kidney puddung? This time I tried cauliflower pie - I won't make that mistake again, I had an upset tum for 24 hours.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal!

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MarcS
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sunday roast. Service was particularly nice and attentive. I will come back again and again.

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NeginB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have been regular visitors to the Crown. Must say the food was not quite up to the usual standards. We all felt that way. Afterwards we found out it is no longer ipart of Heston’s group of restaurants and owned by an independent company, something that is not advertised.Disappointed to discover that.

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Emhf
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A lovely cosy pub- the fact Heston has taken over definitely did not change the vibe of a local pub in my eyes. The Hind's head we went to before for a drink had a more boujee vibe, however The Crown at Bray was calm, warm and had a mix of customers.

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JulieT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Never had a bad experience. Very consistent.

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Twickerman
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had dinner with friends in the bar. The pub is very traditional and is welcoming and attractive. However the lighting in the corner table we were given was very dull. We had fish and chips, mushy peas. The portion size of the fish and chips was small. I complained but nothing was done - they said they would speak to the chef about it, but there was no response. I was still hungry so had a dessert, which was very good - Crewe brûlée.
It’s pricey. We each had one drink, a main and a dessert plus coffee. It cost £40 each including their discretionary service fee. Expensive night out.

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Eater
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place, with a great ‘pub’ atmosphere. Good choice is very limited. Don’t need dozens and dozens of choices but the menu was a little limited and oddly for me personally not much jumped out as appealing. The food was cooked really well and was excellent quality. The staff were great and the value for money was good.

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vipSimonH
London
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Excellent food and service from Monica and the rest of the team. A firm family favourite

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