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A “picture-book” location by the banks of the Thames provides the gentlest of English introductions to this paragon of French gastronomy, which defies the years with its “culinary journey in time”. It’s all about the details here – from the sumptuous furnishings and polished professionalism of the ever-dutiful staff to the intricacies of the acutely calibrated cooking (canapés, mignardises and all). “Complex interactions”, precise technique and glossy saucing pay homage to la grande cuisine exceptionnelle – from an escalope of sublime foie gras with ginger bread, mulled wine sauce and quince compote (“a complete and utter wow”) to roasted fillet of turbot with nettle-flavoured ‘einkorn wheat’ risotto, a crisp courgette flower and creamy sweet garlic sauce. Seasonal game is also a top shout, unless you’re taken by the roasted Challandais duck with cherries and Bourgueil wine. To conclude, irreproachable soufflés and intricate creations such as a “picturesque teardrop” of milk chocolate filled with exotic fruit prove that “it doesn’t have to be molecular to be brilliant”. The wine list delves deep into lexicon of French oenology and prices are frightening, yet the sheer pleasure of eating at this stronghold of subtly reinvented haute cuisine is “immeasurable”.

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  1. Published : Monday, 25 February 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: The Waterside Inn

    Since starting my gastronomic journey to some of the finest restaurants in London and UK, I've always wondered what was the difference between a 2 and 3 star restaurant, and now I know. The Waterside Inn was originally established by the legendary Roux Brothers, Albert and Michel, a family so entwined in the history of fine dining in the UK they form its very bedrock. These days the Chef Patron is Alain Roux, son of Michel, and under him it has retained its 3 Michelin Stars for an astounding 28 years, the longest held by any restaurant outside France.We arrived late afternoon, and the car parking being taken care...
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  1. C and I were unable to wander onto the terrace to enjoy the glorious setting, as it was pouring down shortly after we arrived and our table had no view of the river. We had a brief glimpse of water as we walked in, but that was where it ended. My view of the view may have been more enthusiastic had I been at a table where there actually was one. Tip: when booking, ask for a river view.
    This restaurant is set in an idyllic, time-standing-still sort of place, right on the banks of the Thames, in the postcard-pretty village of Bray. It would appear that time has been standing still inside too. Comfortable, yes, but...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 7 March 2013

    Sybaricious :: Waterside Inn, Bray

    I don't know why it has taken me quite so long to venture out to Bray. What is effectively a village known predominantly for the quality of its food and drink should have been something of a mecca.  Perhaps it was a fear of leaving the boundaries of the M25. I'm not proud of this but if I'm going to leave London I tend to do so properly by either embarking on several hours of long train journey that necessitates sandwiches and a mini bottle of M&S wine or it involves planes and Terminal 5. There is a whole swathe of the country lying within 50 miles of London that I have no idea about. Someone asked me where Winchester...
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  1. 3 Michelin Stars. 27 years consecutively and counting. If there was a Big Daddy of Michelin star restaurants in the UK, this would be the greatest grandfather of them all.

    Founded by Michel and Albert Roux in 1972, The Waterside Inn has taken French haute cuisine in Britain to heights never seen outside of the continent. Michel’s more than capable son Alain has since taken over the reigns here, but judging from our recent visit, standards remain as high as ever. The setting could not be more picturesque. Located right on the banks of the River Thames in Bray, long before this little Berkshire village became...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 6 September 2012

    samphire and salsify :: The Waterside Inn

    The Waterside Inn is one of only four restaurants in England to hold three Michelin stars (and has done for over 25 years) and resides in the rather charming village of Bray – which is also home to The Fat Duck. We decided to visit for my gentleman companion’s birthday and to be honest – we were a little apprehensive. Our prior experiences of two Roux family restaurants had been expensive and rocky. At Le Gavroche the bill was astronomic and the food was totally underwhelming. The Roux at Parliament Square set lunch was dismal – however the pricey a la carte was perfect.

    As we pulled in next to the entrance,...
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  1. I’ve been looking forward to writing this Throwback Thursday for a while, and now I’m finally getting round to it. Early in 2013, Tim treated the two of us to a night away at The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, run by chef-patron Alain Roux, of the famous Roux family. The website describes the cuisine as ‘unashamedly French, exquisitely executed: every deliciously decadent concoction celebrates the superlative skills of the chefs’ – what more could you want? The Waterside Inn has been in business for over 40 years and no other British restaurant can claim to have held three Michelin stars for so long....
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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Berkshire
  • Price: £176
  • Wine: £30.00
  • Champagne: £65.00

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