Waterside Inn restaurant in London 05 June 2017 Restaurants, Travel
The Waterside Inn is a fine dining restaurant in the town of Bray, about 30 minutes by train from Central London. Today the city is mostly famous because of Waterside Inn's neighbor – the restaurant The Fat Duck, from chef Heston Blumenthal. While not as popular internationally as the Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn also has its place among the best restaurants in London region – it is the only restaurant in the UK to maintain three Michelin stars for over 30 years. And the fame is well deserved.
The Waterside was opened by brothers Michel and Albert Roux in 1972. Nowadays, the head chef is Alain Roux, the second generation, and his brother Michel Roux is the chef responsible at Le Gavroche, also one of the best French restaurants in London. The restaurant has its roots with the purchase of a local pub, and it was then renovated and has been expanded over time, and today it has a classic yet comfortable ambiance, and is situated on the river bank, with a nice quiet view.
The service during our meal was great, everyone was attentive without being overly formal. We opted for the tasting menu, which was worth it, as it allows a good selection to get to know the cuisine well, and the value is reasonable compared with other London tasting menus. The menu is changed every 3 months, each time assimilating the best ingredients of the season. Often the dishes are French classics, with a more modern touch, but always perfectly executed. As the restaurant also has a hotel, many choose to dine in the restaurant and sleep there. We went for lunch, and we think it's close enough to go back to London on the same day – the train takes about 30 minutes from Central London and the restaurant is a few minutes by taxi from the station. It is really worth the trip!
Likes: Very tasty food, nice ambiance and service. Classic French dishes, well executed.
Verdict: We very much recommend the Waterside Inn to anyone who wants a good meal out of London, it is worth the trip!