1 Michelin Star Chefs: Peter Gray, Head Chef, The Hind's Head

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Peter Gray is head chef of the one Michelin starred, The Hind’s Head in Bray.

Former junior sous chef, Peter Gray was named head chef of Heston Blumenthal's gastropub in November 2017 when it was announced he would be taking over the helm of the kitchen following Janos Veres departure.

The Hind's Head

Hinds head

High St, Bray SL6 2AB

Website: http://hindsheadbray.com/
Telephone: 01276471774
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Lunch and Dinner Monday to Saturday 11am11pm; Sunday 12pm6:30pm

Head chef: Peter Gray
Restaurant manager: Nick Broderick

Facebook: The Hind's Head
Twitter: @HindsHeadBray
Instagram: @thehindsheadbray


Peter Gray, originally from Yorkshire, began his career in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 working in the 2 AA rosette kitchen at the country house hotel, Middlethorpe Hall in York. Starting out as a kitchen porter Peter soon elevated himself up the ranks in the kitchen taking on the role of commis chef not long after joining before working his way up to become chef de partie.

Peter Gray
Peter Gray

From here the young chef left Middlethorpe Hall to work for Michelin starred chef, Paul Kitching when he and his wife ran Juniper in Greater Manchester. At the time the restaurant was the only eatery in the North West to achieve 4 rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide. It was also ranked in the Good Food Guide’s top 20 restaurants list and was named England’s Restaurant of the Year.

Aged 21, Peter moved from Juniper to work under Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House Hotel in Marlow which was later renamed Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House. Within the four years Peter was there he had worked his way up to become junior sous chef helping Adam the brigade achieve a star in the Michelin Guide and 4 rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide.

After a three year stint working abroad, Peter returned to the UK where he joined Heston Blumenthal’s Hind Head in Bray as junior sous chef.

The Hind’s Head

In November 2017, 32 year-old Peter was promoted to head chef following the departure of Janos Veres who left the Michelin starred pub to move onto the next chapter in his career.

Duck and Guineafowl ‘En Croute’ a terrine of duck%2C guineafowl%2C pistachios and trompette mushrooms set in Kampot pepper infused jelly with a carrot and prune centre. Served with celeriac remoulade
Duck and Guineafowl ‘En Croute’ 

In 2017 the pub underwent a complete refurb which saw the upstairs transform from a function room into a lounge bar with a hunting lodge theme featuring stained glass windows, taxidermy on the walls and Persian rugs. The new lounge also includes a new cocktail list along with a set menu.

Other changes also included ditching the a la carte menu in favour of three, four and six course menus which change on a monthly basis. Despite changes to the menu options the food style has remained the same, celebrating the very best in British cooking. Menu highlights include pea and ham soup with scotch egg and mustard mayonnaise; rib-eye of Hereford beef served with heritage Reform sauce and triple-cooked chips; and treacle tart with milk ice cream.

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Editor 12th December 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Peter Gray, Head Chef, The Hind's Head