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. The Hind’s Head British, Traditional restaurant in Bray High Street - SL6
“Heston B’s version of pub food sets the bar high” and his “charming” Olde Englishe hostelry remains as “pleasingly professional” as ever: “it never lets you down”. “It’s a surprise as it’s a pub” first and foremost, but the food is “fabulous”, and even those who say “on paper it looked rather uninspiring” says “every dish tasted perfect”.
2. Caldesi in Campagna Italian restaurant in Bray Old Mill Ln - SL6
“The courtyard is perfect in the summer” at Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi’s “really lovely Tuscan restaurant” (which celebrated its tenth anniversary at the end of 2017 with a major revamp). “Super food is beautifully presented by attentive staff” in a setting designed “for your comfort”; “always reliable” and “very good for a celebratory meal”.
3. The Crown at Bray British, Traditional restaurant in Bray High Street - SL6
We thrive on bringing people together through food and drink. That’s why when the opportunity to take on The Crown at Bray in 2010 came around, Heston jumped at the chance.
We have set out to create a local hub and community. A country pub that the locals are prou...
4. Waterside Inn French restaurant in Bray Ferry Rd - SL6
“Heaven on earth” – Alain Roux’s “superlative” institution is, for very many reporters, the country’s leading temple of classic Gallic gastronomy. It helps it has a “gorgeous” Thames-side setting, with the possibility of starting off a summer meal with a glass of fizz and canapés on the beautiful outside terrace (or even a quick spin down the river in the restaurant’s private launch). “The Roux chef who shuns the media produces traditional cuisine, but modernised to be lighter and healthier” [well, somewhat]. “It is a conservatively-slanted menu so there were no fireworks or innovation in terms of the dishes, but the quality of ingredients are second to none on earth” and results are “simply stunning”. Unfortunately so are the prices – it is “frighteningly expensive” (and it is worth noting that the ‘rapport prix/qualité’ was questioned a bit more often this year). Intrinsic to the experience is the “unparalleled” service from “some of the best staff in hospitality” – a team that “has no swagger, but is all class” (“an astounding feeling of style, without being overbearing or pompous”). In May 2018 as our survey was concluding, Diego Masciaga, part of the fixtures and fittings for the last 30 years and probably the most popular maitre d’ in the UK retired, leaving Frédéric Poulette the unenviable task of following in his footsteps.
5. The Fat Duck British, Modern restaurant in Bray High St - SL6
“How can anyone justify £325 for a tasting menu?… Without wine! But still, it’s SO hard to get a booking anytime soon!”. That’s the conundrum in assessing Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous venue, where the gulf between the ‘ayes’ and the ‘nayes’ grows ever-wider over the question of whether the “extortionate prices” are ultimately worth it for such “unmissable theatre” (“I didn’t realise four hours could go by at a table with such enjoyment”). The ‘ayes’ still have it… if only just… reporting “an amazing adventure into a fantasy world”: “an absolutely incredible and extremely personal experience” via an individual menu researched in advance around your memories that’s “nothing less than magical”. Many fans and foes alike, however, agree that the pricing for said trip “marks it down as a once-in-a-lifetime encounter” that’s “too expensive to repeat”. And amongst the growing number of sceptics – N.B. this year, for over 50% of reporters this was their vote as most overpriced meal of the year – there’s some feeling that “after the latest reboot of the Fat Duck a couple of years ago, it has lost some of what made it great: dishes are avant garde purely for that purpose rather than previously when it was to make them more delicious”.
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