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10 Apr


The Origin of Devils on Horseback

Devils on Horseback are a delicious sweet-but-savoury appetiser made with prunes and bacon and served hot.

Unsurprisingly, such an evocatively named dish has prompted various dramatic explanations of its origins, including the suggestion that it refers to the Norman invasion of England in 1066, during which French knights supposedly covered their armour with bacon in order to frighten villagers with their grotesque appearance!

Sadly, there’s little evidence to back up these tales. Although the name appears in print from at least 1800, the true story remains a riddle wrapped in a mystery, much like the prunes wrapped in bacon that form the heart of this dish. Here at the Hinds Head we soak the prunes in Armagnac, inject them with mango chutney and wrap them in pancetta before cooking them under the grill.

Devils on Horseback has become one of our signature dishes and can be seen on our menu all year round.

Please see our gallery for more of our signature dishes.


08 Apr


The Floral Elements Series

Continuing on from the Spring Floral Workshop, Miranda Hackett from Flowers by Miranda will be running three more Floral Workshops focusing on each season – save the dates now.

  • Summer Shape – Wednesday 10th June: This floral workshop covers the next element of floral design, shape, using the floristry technique of hand-tying. Learn how to combine different shaped flowers and how to make your own hand-tied bouquet filled with luscious summer blooms.
  • Autumn Texture Wednesday 7th October: Focusing on texture, you will explore the richness and textual variety of autumn in conjunction with teaching you how to use floral foam to create an interesting autumnal display.
  • Christmas Wreaths  Wednesday 2nd December: Our final floral workshop focuses on space. Create your own gorgeous and fragrant wreath using natural, fresh and dried seasonal materials.

The Summer Shape and Autumn Texture workshops cost £75 per person. The Christmas Wreath workshop costs £110 per person. This includes all materials and tools, as well as a three course seasonal lunch with us.

If you are interested in booking onto one, two or all three workshops, please call reservations on 01628 626151. Please note, booking is essential.

Floral Workshops

08 Apr


Celebrating 60 Years with Rolls-Royce

In 1955, The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) was launched at The Hinds Head, Bray. This April marks sixty years since the iconic launch for the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S Series motor cars. These two models represent the pinnacle of post-war British automotive culture.

From Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April, The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) will be marking this significant anniversary with a weekend rally, taking place in the Berkshire area. For the grand finale on Sunday 26th April, they will be joining us at The Hinds Head, Bray. Some sixty motor cars from around the UK and Europe will be attending, ranging from the original Standard Steel saloons to the later coach built and Continental models.

Members of the RREC attending the event will be given the unique opportunity to recreate the original press photographs from 1955 in their own cars, shown below. After, they will enjoy a quintessentially British luncheon with us and an English Burleighs Gin and Tonic. Please join us in wishing the RREC a happy 60th anniversary.


08 Apr


Forget Me Not – Forgotten Cocktails

Forgotten cocktails that deserve a revival. Add some retro flair to your next drink at our forgotten-themed Monkey Spoon Cocktail Club on Friday 24th April.

Looking back at forgotten popular cocktails and the strong big flavours that came with them, our Bar Manager, Ryan, has created three impressive, historically-inspired drinks. For £20 per person, you can join us and try them for yourself.

If you and your friends are interested, please call reservations on 01628 626151 to book your spot and enjoy the cocktails of yesteryear today.


02 Mar


Easter Holidays at The Hinds Head

Spring forward to Easter – a joyous time to gather family and friends together and enjoy the very best food, wines and, of course, chocolate. We are open for reservations all over the Easter school holidays and Bank Holiday weekend, and we would love to celebrate this festive holiday with you.

Our A La Carte menu is available throughout the holiday. But please note, our set lunch menu is available Monday – Friday only and excludes Bank Holidays.

This Easter Sunday, make yours extra special with our Sunday lunch. We are serving Roast Beef and Roast Pork as specials, alongside our A la Carte menu:

  • Roast Sirloin of Highland Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Roast Pork Collar with Crackling, Stuffing and Apple Sauce, Roast Potatoes and Vegetables

For the children in the family, smaller portions are available. We also have plenty of colouring pencils on hand to keep them happily drawing for hours. We advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment, so please contact reservations on 01628 626151 or use our online booking page. We hope this Easter holiday fills your home with peace, joy, and plenty of colourful Easter eggs.


02 Mar


National Beer Day

Monday 6th April marks National Beer Day and we couldn’t help but celebrate. Whether you are a lager lover or an ale admirer, there’s no excuse not to raise a pint.

Pop in on  Monday 6th from 12.00pm to 5.00pm  for a chance to try some of our beers at The Hinds Head. More details will be revealed via our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out.

Fancy a meal to accompany your beer? Call our reservations team on 01628 626151 or use our online booking page to make a reservation with us. Cheers!


02 Mar


The Second Edition Drinks List is almost here!

After a long day’s work, unwind with friends with one – or two – of our Second Edition drinks. Throughout history, drinks have developed through trial and error of various combinations, eventually creating numerous ‘drink families’. Since the 1600’s and the creation of Punch, each century has pushed the world of drinks a little further.

Our Second Edition drinks list has done just that and pushed those boundaries even further. The drinks list will be available from late March but if you would to view the full menu, please click on our downloadable PDF: Second Edition Drinks List Menu


04 Feb


Get LinkedIn by Lunchtime

Feeling lost on LinkedIn? Position yourself as an industry expert by booking onto our LinkedIn Training Session on Wednesday 25th February. The session will be run by Lindsay McLoughlin – Copywriter/Blogger and LinkedIn Trainer – and will be followed by a three-course lunch at The Hinds Head.

During the training session, Lindsay will teach you how to:

  • Obtain “All-Star” profile strength for your LinkedIn profile
  • Optimise your LinkedIn profile
  • Give and receive recommendations
  • Play the LinkedIn game to your business advantage

The training session starts at 9.30am ‘til 2.00pm and costs £79 per person. This price includes your three-course lunch. For more information, download our PDF flier: Get LinkedIn by Lunchtime

If you are interested in learning more about LinkedIn, please call reservations on 01628 626151 to book your spot. Please note, booking is essential.



03 Feb


Spring into March with our Floral Workshop

Hop into spring with our Floral Workshop with Flowers by Miranda this March. Full details can be found below.

Floral Workshop with Flowers by Miranda– Wednesday 18th March

Throughout the year, we will be running a series of Floral Workshops focusing on each season, the key elements of floral design (texture, space, colour and shape) and the teaching of established floristry techniques.

This season, of course, focuses on spring. Here, you will have the chance to understand the importance of colour in a floral display, as well as learn how to work with spring flowers by creating your own vase arrangement.

Our Floral Workshop starts at 10:00am until 12:00 noon and costs £110 per person. This includes a three-course seasonal lunch. If you are interested in booking onto our workshop, please call reservations on 01628 626151. Please note, booking is essential.

Hinds Head Spring Floral Workshop

03 Feb


Be our Valentine

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and the love of good food is definitely in the air.

Many of you have already booked to join us for our Valentine’s Day Five-course Tasting Menu and we cannot wait to treat you and your loved one. On the night, you can expect an evening of romance and a few surprises to make this Valentine’s a night to remember.

To view our full five-course tasting menu, please download: Valentine’s Menu

Left Valentine’s Day to the last minute? Please be aware that booking is essential for our Valentine’s Day menu. We cannot always fit in those last minute reservations but we will do our best to accommodate, if possible. To check our availability, please call reservations on 01628 626151.

Happy Valentine’s Day!