The Hinds Head was built in the 15th century, at the dawn of the Tudor age. Although the building’s original function is still the subject of speculation (some say it was a royal hunting lodge, others that it was a guest house for an Abbot), we know that it was converted to a hostelry around 400 years ago.
In more recent history, The Hinds Head Bray has attracted both the famous and notorious, from King Hussain of Jordan to Errol Flynn and Walt Disney. It has also provided hospitality to the British Royal Family, entertaining Queen Elizabeth II and other European Royal Heads of State in 1963. It is said that Prince Philip held his stag night at the Hinds Head before his marriage to the Queen in 1947, and the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, also celebrated here on her engagement to Anthony Armstrong-Jones, later Lord Snowdon.
A plaque commemorating one of our renowned guests, The Vicar of Bray, still hangs in the pub today. During the religious upheavals of the 17th century, this savvy local vicar managed to retain his post in his beloved Bray by switching his religious allegiance several times during his career. His story (and the contortions of his principles) is still recounted in satirical songs, a film and a comic opera.
With its distinct Tudor heritage and beautiful timber interiors The Hinds Head now focuses on our culinary past, working with food historians to bring the delights of the Tudor kitchen and long-forgotten British recipes to modern day dining.
Read even more about the History of The Hinds Head in this downloadable PDF document.
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