It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to try out Hinds Head, Heston Blumenthal’s pub in Bray. Well so I finally had the occasion, on a sunny July day. As horse racing was on at Ascot, the roads where pretty blocked and as we were already delayed, we were quite concerned for being 30 minutes late for our booking. You know, Heston Blumenthal and all. As we rushed to the pub, a friendly manager greeted us with a smile and said that luckily for us, many others had been delayed, so they had extended their kitchen opening hours slightly.
We got seated at a small table, in what I’d say quite a large seating area. I was told they’d had 80 or so servings that day already.
The pub itself is from the 15th century and as such there are some items on the menu, which have been inspired by the old British cuisine. Before we got on to the food, we discovered the Designated Driver Section, despite being brief, included a fantastic Elderflower Power cocktail, consisting of elderflower cordial, mint, lime, cucumber, kiwi, apple sherbet, popping candy and soda – almost everything I love, all together. Absolutely divine.
Happy with the drinks, quick scan across the menu and as starters we decided to go for Beetroot and Goat Curd with Cider Poached Pear, Pumpkin Seeds, as one feel good option.
As another, the Venison Carpaccio with Horseradish, Turnip, Shallot and Caper Dressing.
Our choices for mains were slightly more adventurous, starting with Oxtail and Kidney Pudding, one of their signature dishes. As the pub itself is from 15th century, the menu is also inspired by the old British cuisine. Have to say that it was truly a lovely and hearty dish, extremely comforting.
Well, and then there was the, Goat Cheese Royale with Butternut Squash, Baby Onions and Pumpkin Veloute. The goat cheese curd was very light, mixing nicely with the sauce. I’d say, again, the healthy option, more of an intro to desserts.
I’ve recently been putting a lot of focus on desserts, in fact it’s truly something I look forward to when going to a restaurant. So there it was, strawberry trifle, creamy and layered. Top, as the French like to say.
The chocolate wine slush with millionaire shortbread wasn’t as outstanding as the trifle, I must say. However, as far as chocolate goes, the shortbread was covered in very nice chocolate indeed.
High St, Bray