The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire

The 15th Century Hinds Head pub

The 15th Century Hinds Head pub

Beautiful Tudor interior

Beautiful Tudor interior

The Hinds Head is a Michelin-starred pub nestled in the heart of the picturesque village of Bray. Great of taking a long riverside walk to build up the appetite, or for a post-dining stroll.

We went for lunch (3 course set menu £21.50) to The Hinds Head, as we wanted to try Heston inspired dishes created by head chef Kevin Love in a relaxed gastro-pub atmosphere. It is a 15th Century pub with a beautiful Tudor interior, which adds to the character of the pub; with the large fireplace creating a warm inviting feeling during the colder months.

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Whilst we made our menu choices and waited for lunch to arrive, we tucked into light, fluffy rye bread, and their famous Scotch eggs (£3.75) served with a lovely aioli – bite through a crunchy breadcrumbed exterior to a wonderfully runny, deep yellow quails egg! I had specially made gluten-free bread with olive oil.

Rye bread with salted butter pat

Rye bread with salted butter pat

The famous Scotch Egg!

The famous Scotch Egg!

- with a runny yellow yolk

– with a runny yellow yolk

We started with a rich & meaty Ham Hock & Foie Gras terrine accompanied with a zingy piccalilli, and a modern twist on a Prawn cocktail. I got a fragrant and light Jasmine Smoked Salmon, which had a nice strong flavour and came with more gluten-free bread.

Ham Hock & Foie Gras Terrine

Ham Hock & Foie Gras Terrine

Prawn Cocktail

Prawn Cocktail

Jasmine Smoked Salmon

Jasmine Smoked Salmon

Lovely mains of chicken thighs & cockles with spinach, and my perfectly cooked poached plaice followed. The plaice went really well with the bed of samphire, grapes and haricot beans and a side of new potatoes with parsley. Unfortunately, the Shepherd’s Pie was a bit over-salted for our taste; but a nice dish otherwise.

Chicken Thighs with Cockles and Spinach

Chicken Thighs with Cockles and Spinach

Poached fillet of Plaice

Poached fillet of Plaice

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Great desserts including a lemon curd with lemon shortbread, which was more like a citrusy creme brulee with a crisp golden sugar top – with fab buttery, crumbly shortbread; and a light but creamy summer fruits fool. They even created a very striking and elegant, special gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free dessert for me out of strawberries of a chilled strawberry soup with fresh strawberries and a strawberry sorbet. A wonderful, light summery dessert.

Lemon Curd with Lemon Shortbread

Lemon Curd with Lemon Shortbread

English Strawberries, chilled soup and sorbet

English Strawberries, chilled soup and sorbet

Seasonal Fruit Fool

Seasonal Fruit Fool

The birthday card from the team and the dark chocolate orange truffles with a candle was a lovely touch which our father appreciated.

An amazing birthday lunch for our father, with wonderful food and very attentive service especially from Virag (Restaurant Manager). Thank you also to Helen (Reservations & Social Media Co-ordinator) for organising our booking down to the finest details, especially with the special requests, as it ensured our time at The Hinds Head went smoothly. I really appreciated that Kevin, Scott and the kitchen team catered to my complex gluten-free/ low FODMAP diet request and made my dishes interesting and a joy to eat. We will be back again soon!

Twitter: @HindsHeadBray

http://www.hindsheadbray.com

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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