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The Waterside Inn

AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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Gracious fine dining by the upper Thames

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Accept the valet parking graciously; the little car park is a squeeze. In fact, prepare to do everything with grace. This is The Waterside, which wrote the book on refined dining a couple of generations ago. With its views on to the little jetty and its moored boats, and tree canopies shading these peaceable upper reaches of the Thames, the word 'idyllic' soon flies to most lips, and the cooking plays its part, Alain Roux maintaining the formidable standards of the legendary Michel Roux père. A slice of rich game terrine with a roundel of foie gras at its heart is encased in truffled pastry and comes with a bouquet of saladings and candied walnuts. Main courses are finely calibrated to the rest of the menu, building substance without overfacing, as witness a well-timed tranche of cod topped with apple and parsnip remoulade, accompanied by savoury bread pudding and a cream sauce of cider and black garlic, or the celebrated grilled rabbit on celeriac fondant with glazed chestnuts in Armagnac. A beguiling dessert is the white chocolate mousse with ginger sponge and Campari-laced orange sorbet, but if you choose to skip, there are regiments of exquisite petits fours to compensate.

What's on offer?

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December to 30 January
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7 (6.30 June to September)
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Michel Roux, Alain Roux

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Starter from: £40.50
  • Main course from £55
  • Dessert from: £32
  • 2-course lunch from: £52
  • 3-course lunch from: £63.50
  • Tasting menu from: £172
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • 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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