The Waterside Inn By Roz Kempner
This is a riverside culinary institution, the most idyllic setting and a class act.
The epitome of charm, Diego greets you ….”welcome,” and you really feel you are. Sadly, we had not booked a summerhouse for aperitifs and the weather did not permit us to sit on the terrace which is literally on the water’s edge. However, the interior was lovely, unpretentious and with a great buzz, and the most gorgeous canapés arrived whilst we perused the menu. The clientele is chic with many regulars. From the window table, there was constant activity of swans, geese, rowers and cruise boats…..real English countryside.
We chose from the a la carte menu as my friend could not resist the Langoustine Soufflé, which was stunning. Beautifully presented, the crab was accompanied by a smooth white cauliflower mousse with a generous serving of caviar.
The origins of the produce and what is in season is clearly important here and for us, the lamb was a great choice for Sunday lunch. Particularly as it was carved at the table, served with a fresh mint hollandaise and lovely al dente spring vegetables – just perfect.
The desserts were exquisite works of art, as light as anything, and well worth fitting in to round off an excellent lunch.
I wouldn’t rush a trip to The Waterside. Take your time. The terrace is just delightful (weather-permitting!), plus they have rooms! Very comfortable with lovely touches such as homemade biscuits and current magazines, and a cute breakfast is served in the summer houses.
Whilst this is a really fine restaurant, there is a wonderful warmth about it. One would not expect anything less from a Roux establishment!
The Waterside Inn
Berkshire SL6 2AT
Tel: +44 (0)1628 620691