J organised a delicious birthday evening for a bunch of us at one of Heston Blumenthal’s pubs, The Crown. I wish all pubs were like this — quiet, intimate and cute (16th century low ceilings). The distinct absence of music gave it a confidently relaxed yet dignified feel.
^ Honey ham and gruyere toastie, soft boiled hen’s egg.
^ Crispy and light they were.
^ Loch Duart Salmon, crushed new potatoes, spiced tomato and red pepper sauce.
^ Macaroni cheese, baby leeks, garden peas and chanterelle mushrooms.
^ Baked Suet, steak and ale pie, creamed potato.
^ And here it is exploding with meat juice. Look at that fluffy, smooth potato..
^ Sticky toffee pudding, sticky toffee sauce, cream.
^ Vanilla cream, clementines, mandarin and thyme.
Lovely service. Lovely food. If only it didn’t require a taxi ride to and from the station.
High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2AH