Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Bray
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Bray restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 6 restaurants in Bray and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bray restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Caldesi in Campagna Italian restaurant in Bray Old Mill Ln - SL6
An oasis of Italian-ness in the quintessentially English environs of Bray Giancario Caldesis Thames-side venture (also incorporating a cookery school) makes a delightful find in a village dominated by culinary heavyweights. It executes authentic, fine modern Italian cuisine at its best, and its particularly splendid on a warm day, sitting in the courtyard garden.
2. Waterside Inn French restaurant in Bray Ferry Rd - SL6
On a fine summers day, nothing can be more enchanting than Alain Rouxs Thames-side epic (founded in 1972 by his father Michel), whether you are sipping pre-dinner cocktails on their electric launch (and looking forward to a sumptuous meal after you glide back to the dock), or sitting under the willow tree watching the boats go by as you sip a vintage champagne. A further boost is provided by its absolutely impeccable service (nobody runs a better dining room than maître d Diego!). When it comes to the classic haute cuisine, however, there seemed to be a number of question marks this year and its rating sipped a notch; it has always been eye-wateringly expensive, but even some who praise the food as exquisite can also find it unimaginative or dated in style (like taking a time machine back to the 80s). Thats still a minority view however; on the vast majority of accounts this is a case of perfect food in a perfect setting.
3. The Hind’s Head British, Traditional restaurant in Bray High Street - SL6
Consistently excellent interpretations of pub grub, delivered with flair and a sense of delight win ringing endorsements for this thankfully not over-Hestoned gastropub (next door to The Fat Duck), which is well worth making the foray down the M4 of a weekend to have a special lunch. Its an all-round joy, retaining its old-world feel (with classic wooden beams, uneven floors and walls and a roaring fireplace), and with courteous and prompt service too.
4. The Fat Duck British, Modern restaurant in Bray High St - SL6
A theatrical and gastronomic event unlike any other
Heston Blumenthals re-launched extravaganza has a new concept they take you on a journey and even phone you in advance to ask you questions about your memorable experiences and on most accounts the result remains a perfect balance of food and showmanship, with attention to detail thats truly amazing and lots of fun; but then theres the humungous cost. OK, its always been an arm-and-a-leg job here, but nigh on a grand for two!? (if you go for the set menu and wine flights); while for a slim majority its worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime multi-sensory experience, for the first time in survey feedback on this famous venue there is very significant kickback against the quality/price equation, with two in five reporters finding that whilst you cant help but praise the effort and the genius in the execution, its all too much, and doesnt justify the stratospheric pricing. (Ironically, given all the recent investment in this converted pub, most regulars also marginally preferred the old decor, or even find the new, everything-grey look is like a prison!)
5. Crown Inn British, Traditional restaurant in Bray High St - SL6
Almost as good as the Hinds Head nearby but less fussy, and in more traditional pub style; try this if you want something in Bray owned by Heston Blumenthal which doesnt break the bank!
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