Every now and then (or less often) something pretty spectacular happens. The Waterside Inn is one of them. Not the restaurant and hotel that is, but my lunch there. The thing is it is one of the 5 best restaurants in the world, which means it's pretty good, and a little bit out of reach. Let's just say its not a normal place I would have lunch.
But as I have a pretty amazing boyfriend he surprised me with a lunch last weekend. The Waterside Inn is in Bray, which is probably the most culinary village in all of the UK as it is also where Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck is. And Heston's other pub. No biggie.
The service was impeccable, although we were asked so many times if it was a special occasion I almost felt bad it wasn't my birthday. If it had been we would have received champagne and cake so next time I'll just pretend and enjoy the complimentary food and drinks! But even as we paid our way for the meal, it was a very traditional French feeling to the food. Simple flavours and ingredients done well. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the fact that we were undoubtedly at least 30 years younger than any ther guest in the restaurant, and dressed far more casually (that's what happens when it's a surprise) than I would have preferred.
Dessert had cherry sorbet,do I need to say anything else? And the serious petit four selection tipped me over the edge from just "full" to "almost uncomfortably full". And also just to mention, I had my camera in my bag, but this is definitely not a restaurant to bring out the big guns. Which is why I was trying to take photos with my iPhone without anyone noticing. Not sure if that really worked out.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x