Actually more like back to '84, when Duty Free was the raciest show on TV, and Banjo bars were a regular feature in my life. Pure mid 80s time warp: that's what it feels like walking in to The Waterside Inn. Not in a bad way; just in a major way.
The Waterside Inn has held 3 Michelin stars longer than any other restaurant in the UK. It is run by a Roux (Alain - cousin of Michel Roux Jr. from Masterchef, son of Michel Roux Sr - who along with his brother started Le Gavroche - my favourite posh restaurant in London.) The Waterside Inn is in beautiful surroundings on the Thames, in Bray, even in the rain:
And, the food is amazing - amazing, and stuff I would never be able to make at home.
For canapes you are served these beauties:
Then for a starter: a duet of salmon gravadlax and tartare with beetroot salad and wasabi sauce.
A pudding of creme brulee (where are the acute accents on this thing...grrr) with praline, and almond ice cream. So a perfect, rich, vanilla cream, with hidden swathes of posh Nutella running through, alongside a dense, perfectly white fragrant ice cream that feels like dense snow against your teeth.
his final supper.:
It's the perfect place to go with your in-laws / an old aunt / anyone who loves food, on a special occasion.