Bray: A Foodie’s Paradise
The unassuming village of Bray sits in quaint English countryside along the banks of the River Thames. About 1.5 miles south of Maidenhead, the quiet parish is scattered amongst the woodland that once made up the royally owned Windsor Forest.
A charming village made up of old timbered houses and attractive riverbank properties, Bray has become synonymous with gourmet cuisine. This Berkshire village is arguably the centre of the UK’s Michelin-starred eating culture.
The famous star-ratings system is bestowed upon only the very best in international restaurant cuisine, and quiet Bray has not one, but two eateries proudly sporting three Michelin stars. The Fat Duck, headed by TV chef Heston Blumenthal, is renowned for its experimental cuisine and delicious if eccentric menu options.
Much of the menu is crafted locally in Blumenthal’s secretive research laboratory, where the chef and his team blend incredible flavours and concoct unforgettably conceptual dishes.
The exciting fourteen-course menu is themed around the concept of time and childhood memories. Why not try the curiously flavoured egg and bacon ice cream?
Or perhaps tuck into the interesting Sound of the Sea, whilst listening to your own private audio experience? The Fat Duck isn’t Bray’s only foray into the world of Michelin-starred restaurants.
The nearby Waterside Inn, an endeavour by legendary duo Michel and Albert Roux, also sports three Michelin-stars.
Having earned much success with their Mayfair based Le Gavroche, the Roux brothers hoped to recreate the magic along the banks of the Thames, and so opened The Waterside Inn.
First established in 1972, the Inn is the only restaurant outside of France to retain its three-star rating for over 30 years, and when sampling the mouth-watering menu, it’s easy to see why.
Like its London based older sibling, the Waterside Inn brings the finest tastes in French cuisine to the Berkshire countryside, with an expertly crafted menu offering decadent soufflés and rich oyster dishes.
The choices are ever-changing, as the culinary team prioritise only the freshest seasonal produce, so you can rest assured of a new and tantalising taste experience with each visit.
Perhaps plumb for the delicate flavours of the Menu Exceptionnel, or sample the fresh tastes of the locally-sourced a la carte menu.
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