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Bray: Pie and a pint with Heston

Heston Blumenthal acquired his second pub in Bray village last summer, The Crown at Bray, situated in the heart of the village and now launches its new menu of British pub food.
 
The Crown at Bray serves modern British pub food, with a focus on seasonal ingredients, in an informal, friendly setting. The kitchen is headed up by chef Nick Galer, who has spent his career working at popular country pubs and inns, where much importance is placed on the quality of the food.  Before joining The Crown, Nick worked at the Michelin starred The Goose in Oxfordshire, as well as the well-known Crazy Bear Farm in Stadhampton.
 
At lunchtime, the menu features a variety of sandwiches such as a Sirloin Steak Sandwich with Onions, Watercress & Horseradish and a Stichelton and Montgomery Cheddar Ploughmans.  For something a bit heartier there's Char-grilled Angus Sirloin with Marrowbone Sauce or the pub favourite Free Range Pork Sausages, Mash & Onion Gravy. For dinner, there are dishes such as Baked Suet, Steak and Ale Pie, Creamed Potato and Brixham Mussels, White Wine, Garlic, Parsley & Fries. As the philosophy of the kitchen is to create simple, flavourful dishes using seasonal produce, the menu changes according to what is in season.
 
Blumenthal undertook some minor but necessary refurbishments, while ensuring the 16th century pub kept its local pub feel.  The pub is a former inn with low-beamed ceilings and open fireplaces - perfect for cold winter evenings.  In the summer, guests can enjoy food and drink outside in the courtyard with overhanging grape vines or in the large garden. There is plenty of parking for guests at the rear of the pub. In addition to the main restaurant and bar, guests can book a private dining area which seats 12 people for parties or meetings.
 
During the week, the pub is open from 11:00 until 3:00 and reopens from 6:00 until 11:00. Lunch is served from 11:00 to 3:00 and dinner is available from 6:30 until 10:00.  On Saturday, the pub is open all day – from 11:00 until 11:00 pm with food being served from 12:00 until 3:00 and then again from 6:30 until 10:00. The pub opens and hour later and closes an hour earlier on Sundays.
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