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The Waterside Inn – Bray, Berkshire

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The Waterside Inn – Bray, Berkshire

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For 45 years (of which, they have held three Michelin stars for 33), this restaurant with rooms, owned by the celebrated Roux père et fils and run by Alain Roux, has purred contentedly beside the Thames, with its waterfront terrace and an electric launch at guests’ disposal. The placid river, with boats skulling by, instantly soothes, and the sense of occasion, as waiters prepare for the evening’s seamlessly orchestrated performance, reminds you of a bygone age. As well as the unashamedly haute yet delicate cuisine, the bedrooms and suites are beautifully kitted out: feminine and elegant, in the French manner, and kept up to the mark by The Waterside’s general manager, Diego Masciaga, with the same dedication he has employed in the restaurant for the past quarter century (‘I don’t live here, but this is my home’). ‘Dedication and consistency,’ Michel Roux has said, ‘are the two qualities that make a great chef and a great restaurant,’ The Waterside Inn certainly has both.  Doubles from £250.


Name to Know: Valentino Baú, the head bartender and mixologist. Ask him about the classics served with a modern twist using carefully researched ingredients.

See: Take a jaunt aboard our electric motor launch “The Waterside Inn II” to explore the River Thames at your leisure – weather permitting of course.

Eat: With three Michelin stars under its belt, you know the food will be amazing. Try the daily, seasonal lunch “Menu Gastronomique” made using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and planned daily.

Buy: Take back a piece of your culinary experience with one of the cookbooks available and have a go yourself. Or for the perfect gift, choose one of our Signature Experience gift vouchers – we love the ‘Menu Exceptional’ voucher.

Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.

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