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The Waterside Inn

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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The Roux family’s riverside restaurant four and a half decades on

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Long before Bray became gastronomy central,  a pair of French brothers who had made a name for themselves in London (Le Gavroche, anyone?) set up shop in this old English pub on the banks of the River Thames; we are, of course, talking about the Roux family, and heading for 50 years later it is Alain, son of Michel, who ensures the place remains a benchmark experience for anyone who wants to get acquainted with supremely refined French cooking. The dining room looks the part, all crisp linen, green silk banquettes and gleaming crystal and silverware, but it’s the view opening onto the riverside terrace that lifts the spirits at any time of year. That sense of being somewhere special is reinforced by world-class service – take a bow, Diego Masciaga. Alain Roux still cooks some of the traditional dishes of his father's day – witness game pâté wrapped in pastry and rich with truffles and foie gras – but there is also modernity and innovation throughout the bilingual menu – the Chinese cabbage and lime and vodka sauce, for example, that accompanies poached halibut, or you might go for a classic cocotte of oxtail and beef cheek braised in Beaujolais wine with button onions, mushrooms and smoked bacon lardons. Alain is a master pâtissier, so expect exquisite desserts such as ethereal banana soufflé flavoured with orange and Valrhona’s sublime Caramélia chocolate. Needless to say, The Waterside is not a cheap date, particularly if you delve into the eye-watering depths of the remarkable wine list.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December to 31 January
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Alain Roux

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 1000+
  • Wines by the glass: 25

Price guide

  • Starter from: £41
  • Main course from: £53.50
  • Dessert from: £32
  • 2-course lunch from: £52
  • 3-course lunch from: £63.50
  • Tasting menu from: £167.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M4 junction 8/9, A308 (Windsor) then B3028 to Bray. Restaurant clearly signed.

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Maidenhead
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