RestaurantsBerkshireBraySL6

survey result

Summary

£250
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Traditional but still at the peak of its appeal” – Alain Roux’s Thames-side “stalwart of French haute cuisine” is “still the most glorious of gastronomic treats”. Founded by his late father, Michel, in 1972 – with the closure of Le Gavroche in early 2024, it now becomes the surviving flagship of the famous Roux dynasty. “Service is incredible”, with “the friendly staff offering the warmest of welcomes”; and the “magical setting” by the river “is very hard to beat” and means a summer meal here can start with a glass of fizz either on the waterside terrace, or actually on the river in their electric launch. The “sublime” cuisine is resolutely of the old school (a signature dish is ‘Lobster Medallions with Vegetable Julienne and White Port sauce); and backed up by an “exciting wine list” in a similar vein. “Obviously it’s also incredibly expensive” – to an extent a few regard as “clearly overpriced” – and some would argue “surpassed by quite a few other restaurants, despite its three stars”. But, “if you can afford it, this is THE place to go for romance and if you really want to splash out, the rooms overlooking the Thames are a perfect location for a night away (because one night is all you will be able to afford…)”

Summary

£226
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Perfection… and in a perfect waterside location” – Alain Roux’s famous Thames-side bastion of haute cuisine (founded by his late father, Michel, in 1972) is “stunning in every sense” and above all for “a long summertime lunch”. Sit on the terrace or hop in the electric launch for your aperitif, before progressing to the comfy if old-fashioned Thames-side dining room, whose romance is enhanced by the “amazing view”. (It is one of the few in the UK to have publicly hosted her late majesty, Queen Elizabeth II). “Sophisticated, classical and luxurious French cuisine” is delivered by “incredibly attentive staff” who “make you feel like it’s their privilege to have you there (as opposed to some other places, where you’re made to feel the privilege is all yours)” – all part of an experience often described as “flawless”. “It is, of course, insanely expensive, so it very much helps if someone else is paying”. But, on practically all accounts, it’s worth the hit to your mortgage: “I just want to eat here again before I die!”

Summary

£210
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An “idyllic location with views of the Thames” (and the restaurant’s own electric launch for a pre-prandial jaunt) helps create a beautiful and romantic prelude to a meal at Alain Roux’s famous Thames-sider (established in 1972 by his father Michel, who passed away in 2020). The plush, slightly old-school “dining room overlooking the river” is one of the very few to have hosted the Queen over the years, and – with its “superlative” service (even if some fans “still miss Diego”) – “this really is a pampering experience” (and remains one of the most commented-on in our annual diners survey). Alain’s cuisine is essentially “classic, creatively updated” and matched with “a brilliant wine list with experienced sommeliers who make choosing a real pleasure”. Prices are “extortionate” of course, and even some who feel “you can’t fault the cuisine” still find the final bill egregious. There is also the odd reporter who feels “a more personal approach” might benefit the cuisine. For the most part, though, the place “never fails to wow” (“this is where I’d come for my last meal!”).

Summary

£148
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“From the moment you arrive, and someone comes to take your car away, you don’t have to think” at Alain Roux’s legendary destination (est 1972), which remains one of the most commented-on restaurants in the UK (and one of the few that has regularly been graced by Her Majesty over the years). It enjoys an “idyllic”, supremely “romantic” location on the Thames, with the option of drinks on the terrace in fine weather, or a quick tootle in the restaurant’s private launch before you eat. WIth large windows facing the water, the dining room itself is very comfortable, and most reporters adore its “old-fashioned” style (although it’s undeniably a little bit of a “time warp”). The “impeccable”, slightly “formal” service is in keeping with the setting, although – while it’s still extremely highly rated – has perhaps lost a hint of its sparkle since the retirement last year of long-term maitre d’, Diego Masciaga. “Classic” Gallic gastronomy comes “with a subtle modern twist” and on practically all accounts is “exceptional from start to finish”. But it also comes at “crazy prices” naturellement, and – in the relatively few cases that reports fall short of rapture – the gripe is typically that the “eye-watering bill and very old-school approach make it hard to understand the fuss” (but then, complaints like this have been knocking about for the last 30 years…)

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Ferry Rd, Bray, SL6 2AT

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Waterside Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Waterside Inn Restaurant in SL6, Bray by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Waterside Inn restaurant.
Mary Anne C
Sublime in every way. Why have they added a...
Reviewed 2 months, 17 days ago

"Sublime in every way. Why have they added a tasting menu when the A La Carte gives a good choice?"

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R H
Friends of Waterside lunch menu for 4 peopl...
Reviewed 4 months, 3 days ago

"Friends of Waterside lunch menu for 4 people was wonderful. I wouldn't say it was quite worth the £180 per person as there is cooking that is just as good elsewhere. The service and ambience however does make this a superb destination even f you only go once or once a year."

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Mark H
Competes with l’enclume as our favourite ...
Reviewed 5 months, 23 days ago

"Competes with l’enclume as our favourite restaurant.. the setting is just simply stunning on the edge of the Thames. The food was outstanding and we’ve never had a dish as good as the fois gras! It melted in your mouth ! Service impeccable… what a place !"

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Gavin E
The most expensive meal I have ever had but...
Reviewed 6 months, 9 days ago

"The most expensive meal I have ever had but it was definetly worth it. Service perfect without being too formal. The wine by the glass list is quite exceptional as they have the sommelier parings from the tasting menu available. I’ll be back just need the bank account to recover first."

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Simon E
This is formal fine dining at its best. A l...
Reviewed 8 months, 12 days ago

"This is formal fine dining at its best. A lovely setting too. A price tag to match but worth it for that (very) special occasion "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 235.00 Always available 8

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£55.00 £74.00 £12.00 £38.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £58.00
Filter Coffee £14.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Ferry Rd, Bray, SL6 2AT
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm

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