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The Hind’s Head

We recently closed our doors to undergo a major transformation. The latest chapter in the rich history of The Hind’s Head, Bray is fully underway and ready to reopen on 20th April.

This latest incarnation in the building’s evolution will encapsulate its rich history, with playful, quirky design references to its origins as a hunting lodge and coaching inn.

We will offer a series of 3 (£25), 4 (£45) and 6 (£58) course menus that will change and evolve on a monthly basis, celebrating British cooking and the consummate eclectic style that we have become known for. With three menus and each of them changing every month, each time you visit you will be able to try something new each time.

The 3 course ‘Mary Menu’ will be available midweek lunch – priced at £25.

The 6 course ‘Elizabeth Menu’ will be available everyday for dinner and weekend lunch – priced at £58.

Both are names with whimsical references to the monarchs in power – Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I.

The 4 course ‘Aleyn Menu’, available everyday lunch and dinner – priced at £45, pays homage to the legendary Vicar of Bray; Simon Aleyn, who it was claimed lived upstairs at The Hind’s Head.

History maintains he was so enamoured by his position as Vicar, that he was successively Protestant, then Catholic, then Protestant again depending on whichever religion was favoured by the monarch of the day. The English churchman and historian Thomas Fuller wrote of Aleyn in 1661, that when accused of being a turncoat, he replied “Not so, for I always kept my principle, which is this – to live and die the Vicar of Bray”.

Working with the local conservation officer we are preserving and restoring the integral elements of the internal design by ensuring that the Grade II listed bar, oak panelling, antique beams and open fireplaces remain. The ground floor will be remodelled to create a larger, more cosseted dining area.
Venturing upstairs, we invite you to explore our newly created Royal Lounge bar. In the Royal Lounge, you will be offered a range of classic and new cocktails as well as our usual bar offering. No drink would be complete without our bar snacks – this is where you will find our Scotch Egg!

Here too the private dining room, The Vicar’s Room, will remain but undergo a dramatic redesign, with teasing, tongue-in-cheek references to the building’s association with Simon Aleyn, the infamous Vicar of Bray. A monolithic dining table hewn from a single trunk of oak will dominate the room, under a pair of parlour chandeliers depicting the heads of Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I of England when the origins of The Hind’s Head were first documented. If you are a group of 10-18 people, there will be no minimum spend.

So, here we are, on the brink of something very new and very exciting and we would like you to be amongst the first to experience our new concept. We’re looking forward to starting this new chapter with you and eagerly waiting to welcoming you in from Thursday 20th April. Our reservations lines are now open via the website and by phone 01628 626151.

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