We slowly strolled 2.5 miles (4 km) from The Oakley Court Hotel to the little – I mean teeny, itsy bitzy – village of Bray where quite surprisingly several of the most highly rated UK restaurants call home. If you sneezed while driving down Windsor Road, you easily could miss the village. To use such terms as “adorable” or “quaint” would not be inappropriate when describing the village and The Hinds Head, which is the famed Chef Heston Blumenthal’s “gastro-pub”….our first after more than 30 years of “pub-grub” experiences around the world.
The world of fine dining begins and ends at the Waterside…Inn. A fairly simple, countryside entrance to a non-descript building blossoms into the true meaning of an exceptional culinary – I dare say epic – event.
Diego, the maitre’d of maitre’d exceptionalism, swooshes around the dining room with an elegance of a conductor bleading his orchestra. The definition of service and only challenged by the likes of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and L’Enclume.