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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

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

It was this old English pub by the banks of the River Thames that first put Bray on the culinary map; over 40 years later, it is still a Roux family affair, and the place remains a benchmark experience for anyone who wants to know just how sublime refined French cooking can be. It’s a luxurious, soul-soothing spot – white linen, green silk banquettes, the gleam of fine crystal and silverware, and the summer sparkle of the river seen from a dining room opening onto the little jetty, and under Diego Masciaga’s orchestration the front-of-house performance is as polished as you’ll find anywhere. Alain Roux trades in pitch-perfect classical French gastronomy, but there are modern touches threaded seamlessly through – the lemongrass-scented chicken bouillon, for example, that accompanies ravioli and ‘diablotins’ of Burgundy snails loaded generously with parsley and garlic. Rock-solid culinary judgment and respect for classicism are a hallmark of main courses such as the whole braised Dover sole for two that comes with lobster mousseline, asparagus, and champagne and chive sauce, or the tender rabbit fillets partnered with celeriac fondant, glazed chestnuts and Armagnac sauce. Alain is a master pâtissier, so this is absolutely not the place to skip exquisite desserts such as air-light rhubarb soufflé with raspberries, or a more up-to-date confection of blood orange and ginger-flavoured baked Alaska with iced bourbon whiskey parfait. Of course, none of this comes cheap, and a quiet word with your bank may be needed to make the most of the monumental wine list.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December to 1 February
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Alain Roux

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 1000+
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from52
  • 3-course lunch from63.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Facilities

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8

Getting here

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

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Maidenhead
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Three-course lunch from£63.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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