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The Waterside Inn

Ferry Road, BRAY, SL6 2AT

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The Waterside Inn has a prime position on the banks of the majestic River Thames The Roux family's associations with the British dining scene go back to 1967, when the brothers opened Le Gavroche, and they acquired the Waterside in 1972. Today it is the second generation, the sons of the founding fathers, who have carried the mantle into a new century. Alain Roux is chef-patron here in Bray, building on the past to create a bright future. Le Gavroche and Waterside are separate entities, by the way, the founding fathers going their own way back in the mid-1980s. The all-pervading luxury is evident from the outset, with valet parking ensuring you have absolutely nothing to worry about from the minute you pull up outside, the duty of care passed to a team who are really and truly second to none. This is the kind of service where the staff know what you want before you do, glasses are filled, plates are cleared, all before your brain registers the necessity for such action. Now, value for money is hard to define, and the Waterside isn't cheap. There are some very big numbers on the menu. But value for money this most certainly is if you're up for an experience you won't forget in a hurry. If the weather is up to scratch the riverside terrace comes into its own, with birds and boats to ponder while sipping a glass of champagne and tucking into on some first-class canapés, but if on rainy or cold days the lounge and small bar provide comfort enough. The next stage is the seamless move into the classically elegant restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow lovely river views. Alain Roux still cooks some of the traditional dishes of his father's day, but there are injections of modernity and innovation on the bilingual menu. Ceviché of sea bass and octopus marinated in passionfruit juice, and served with a crisp vegetable salad, is typical of the new era Waterside - deftly handled flavours, light and punchy. There's also a seasonal game pâté, wrapped in pastry, and rich with truffles and foie gras. At the Waterside these days, you can have your cake and eat it by ordering main-course rabbit fillets grilled to tender perfection and served with celeriac fondant, glazed chestnuts and Armagnac sauce. There is also no better treat than watching the Challandais duck expertly carved at the table. Classic desserts such as crème brûlée are refined and dynamic versions, flavoured with pistachios perhaps, and served with vanilla ice cream. The wine list has exemplary credentials, with sommeliers on hand to help you through it.

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Tel: 01628 620691
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Open/closed

Days closed: Mon-Tue
Dates closed: 26 Dec-29 Jan
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: French
Chef: Alain Roux
Number of seats: 75
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
No children under 12 yrs.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £45.50
3 Course lunch from: £62.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £51.00
Sunday lunch: £79.50-£153.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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M4 junct 8/9, A308 (Windsor) then B3028 to Bray. Restaurant clearly signed
Nearest station: Maidenhead

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