Hinds Head Hotel

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Hinds Head Hotel Pub/bar   Map ref: External site
High Street, Bray Tel: 01628 626151

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Right in the centre of this riverside village stands this ancient looking pub/hotel. The pub is owned by the Old English Pub Company. Large main bar area with lots of tables, some cricketing mementoes and some unusual draught-proof chairs as well as "pew" style seating by the windows. Upstairs there are a couple of attractive function rooms which once played host to the Queen when she took some fellow dignitaries out for lunch sometime in the 1960's. Carpeted floor and wood panelled walls. Food menu is OK but quite pricey and a little pretentious we think - choices include rabbit, beef and salmon, prawn & rice. The food itself wasn't that good when we went there, though by all accounts we were just unlucky. Brakspear beers. A very pretty pub, and worth popping in if you are looking round the village.

On 31 Jan 2000, a visitor commented:

My husband and myself visit this pub on average twice a month. We ALWAYS have prompt and professional service from the courteous and cheerful staff. The food has always been of a good standard, fairly priced, served hot and presented well.

On 1 December 2000, Ray Bruno comments:

As a frequent visitor, I need to say, it is among the friendliest establishments in England and especially the snobish Royal Windsor area. Terry, Gaynor, Paula, Lizzie and the entire staff go out their way to make out of towners feel at home. Could be because Terrry is a Canadian which almost American. As for the food, one doesn't go to a pub for the dining experience, however, having eaten there on more than one occasion, I must say their lamb shank is second to none. It's a great spot. Many of my American friends agree. It's fun "to go where everybody knows your name."

On 3 December 2000, Jane Gossard writes:

I visited The Hinds Head Pub in October of this year with my sister. This was our first trip to England and we absolutely had the best time of our life at the Hinds Head. Terry and Gaynor Jackson were the perfect host and hostess and the food was exceptional. We plan to visit again next year. I would highly recommend this pub to anyone who visits Bray. It was the highlight of our trip.

Dai Waters writes on 2 August 2002:

Please note that Terry and Gaynor have long gone and that the place has gone down badly. Service is appalling - when I was there a week or so ago everyone was complaining in frustration at the slow bar service and the ludicrous food service. Many of the regulars have left! There is talk of a new landlord coming but until then to be avoided.

On 21 July 2004, Alan Russell tells us more about the visit by the Queen:

This is not a review, just an adjustment of an historical fact. In one of the reviews posted on your website there is a comment that the Queen entertained some dignitaries upstairs in the 1960's. In actual fact it was a coach load of Royals from around Europe brought together to have a celebratory lunch to mark the occassion of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden's engagement.

My Grandfather, Theo Janku, was the wine waiter at the time and was sworn to secrecy about the event for security reasons.

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