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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

The Roux brothers' first foray out of London in 1972 brought them to an old inn on the upper reaches of the Thames. It still looks the part from outside - timbered, low-roofed - although presumably nobody parked your car for you when it was just a pub. Inside is an affable cocoon of old-school civility, the dining room opening up to the little jetty and the soothing plash of the river in summer. Under Alain Roux and his team leader Diego Masciaga, the place trades in transcendent classical French gastronomy. How else to explain the careful shoehorning of braised snails, mushroom duxelle and sauce béarnaise into little choux buns, or the gilding of flaked crabmeat with Oscietra caviar? Many of the dishes have earned their places on the various menus through time-hallowed tradition, such that regulars would revolt at their removal. Main courses such as poached sole fillet with crayfish and morels in basil sauce, or rabbit with chestnuts in Armagnac sauce, undergird the whole experience, but there are peripheral hints of what's au courant elsewhere, as when the glorious Challandais duck comes with celeriac and peanut purée in a sauce of grapes. The French and English cheeses are sublime, but don't shun the dessert menu, which is probably the most experimental phase of the whole meal, producing Norwegian blood orange and ginger omelette with bourbon parfait, or honey cream cheese mousse, garnished with gariguette strawberries and vanilla sorbet. An extra whip-round may be needed to make a start on 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 from: 52
  • 3-course lunch from: 63.50
  • 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
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