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The Hinds Head
“Creative British cooking in atmospheric Tudor pub.” - AA Inspector
It maybe much more accessible and informal than big-brother The Fat Duck across the road, but Heston Blumenthal's Hind’s Head is a gastropub par excellence, delivering some culinary alchemy and character of its own. The reimagined 15th-century pub bristles with low beams, oak panelling and real fires, and, in the dining room, character red leather banquettes, while restyled British dishes come with a helping of pizzazz and delivered by friendly, unstuffy staff. Skill, precision and flavour hit the spot; witness chalk stream trout paired with crushed new potatoes, horseradish velouté and watercress oil, or the richer Heston’s oxtail and kidney pudding with oxtail sauce.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 65
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25 December
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30: 79
- Wines by the glass: 28
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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