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Hall of FameDubbed “the haute couture of dining experiences”, The Waterside Inn also boasts “one of the finest restaurant settings in England” – a chocolate-box location by the banks of the Thames that looks like something out of Wind in the Willows. However, everything else at this “truly special” restaurant speaks of high-end French gastronomy, silky sophistication and Gallic polish. It’s all about the details here – from the sumptuous furnishings and polished professionalism of the ever-dutiful staff to the intricacies of the precisely realised cooking. Here are culinary wonders in abundance: “lovely teasers” such as venison tartare on potato; an omelette of trompette mushrooms alongside a salad of spinach, hazelnuts and lamb’s lettuce with a “spectacular dressing”; turbot meunière with “cheeky” deep-fried croûtons, green beans, almond and grape emulsion; roast pheasant breast in puff pastry with confit legs, quince compote and white wine jus. After that, a blast of cider granita with fig mousse sets things up for some truly dazzling showpieces – perhaps a smooth yoghurt dessert involving raspberries and lime marshmallow. “Pure perfection” drools an admirer. 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 unsurpassed – “the best experience we’ve ever had, full stop”. 

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The Waterside Inn

Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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Top-class classical cuisine

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Nov 2016

Editor's pick The dining room seemed more modern and welcoming, and we were happy to find ourselves at a table with a good view of the river without being right next to the window. The staff seemed brighter and more professional than on our previous visit, and all was set for a three-star meal. Our tasting menu was indeed the epitome of classical French cuisine with apposite modern touches and it was accompanied by a wine flight of suitable quality. Three lovely teasers comprising delicate lobster with marie-rose...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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Rather disappointing this time

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Nov 2015

Editor's pick In a three-star restaurant you would expect perfection in every respect, and this had been our experience on previous visits to The Waterside. Unfortunately this evening did not come up to our high expectations and we found ourselves questioning the various elements that contributed to this feeling of disappointment. Was it the fact that we were seated in the narrower part of the room just opposite the point of service where all the dishes were brought in from the kitchen and where we were aware...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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The Waterside Inn

Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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Just amazing

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Dec 2014

What can one say about this amazing place that has not been noted before. The whole experience is near-on perfect - everything is polished and professional, the staff confident and relaxed and able to interact perfectly with the diners, the setting marvellous even in the winter, the food nothing less than exceptional, the wine flight dripping with class and expertly served and commented by Maxime the sommelier, and, the icing on the cake, a long chat with the immensely modest and charming Alain Roux....

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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The Waterside Inn

Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Jun 2014

I wasn't really looking forward to lunch at The Waterside Inn as my husband and I were in the middle of a war of attrition and we had got to the silent recrimination stage. I didn't have the enthusiasm to read further than the first page of the extensive menu and so we went for the set lunch and decided to choose wines separately to go with each course. A G&T in the cosy ante-room with some delicious amuse-bouche morsels and the freeze began to thaw. The meal that followed was stunning: a foie gras/chicken...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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by   platinum reviewer (107)

Jan 2013

I couldn't help but felt a bit of let-down with this place. The setting on the river bank couldn't be more beautiful (and they have some lovely rooms and suites there as well – pricey but absolutely lovely), service being great and the food not to be faulted (just to be clear). My issue was that all the food was perfectly cooked but neither inspiring or “earth-shaking” – that might sound cruel but than again you don't go to a place like this for just a lunch or dinner but do expect something special

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 5

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The Waterside Inn

Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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by   bronze reviewer (11)

Aug 2012

We are off to the Waterside Inn at Bray and thank God for satellite navigation systems. You punch in a postcode and hey presto, it guides you to your destination without any fuss or blazing rows over some inadequate map reading and it even bleeps a warning system if you come near one of those nasty speed cameras. However, following my experience in high end dining, I have an idea for satellite systems! They should also contain a new warning system, one that warns against pending enormous expense....

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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Sep 2011

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Dined 11/8/11. Well hopes were high. Personally I was shaking with anticipation, we had previously been to Le Gavroche but this was the mecca of the Roux dynasty. We were a bit early for our table, so the staff put us in a side room and simply left us there. After 10 minutes I went to the reception and asked for menus and then ordered 2 coffees. When the waiter returned he took our order. I was having veal which then sparked a lengthy explanation of how it would be cooked the french way ‘pink’, I...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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Apr 2011

The ULTIMATE in cooking and service in Great Britain…a temple of excellence not to be missed I’ve been visiting Waterside Inn with my family for around twenty years however I’ve only very recently started posting on Tripadviser and this is my first ever post on the internet about Waterside Inn, which has been consistently excellent …unlike most well-known restaurants we visit. Waterside Inn never disappoints. I used to enjoy and be a great fan of Gordon Ramsey in his younger, Aubergine days but...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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by   platinum reviewer (84)

Mar 2011

In a word; sublime. Everything, from the moment you drive up to the quaint close and exit your vehicle for it to be valet parked by a flat capped gentleman, to the moment you leave feeling like you've tasted a slice of the ‘high life’, is sublime. Service, atmosphere and most importantly the food all deliver and Diego's men work with precision and panache, not an easy feat when you've a roomful of diners expecting nothing but the best. The bill at the end does leave you feeling somewhat high and...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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Ferry Road, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AT

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by   bronze reviewer (11)

Oct 2010

I visit this restaurant about twice a year and it never fails to impress me in its consistency.As ever the service led by Diego is nothing short of brilliant. The food is as flavoursome as it ever was and executed with attention to detail.The wine list is frustrating as it only has french wines and is missing out on some wonderful additions.The only negative could be the value for money aspect. I personally expect to pay top dollar in a place like this but my guests seem to differ.Although to celebrate...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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    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
  • Private Dining: 12

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