Bray Slipway & the Waterside Inn

Bray is noted for its food!
The Waterside Inn: Just by the slipway, Michelin 3 stars, Albert Roux;
The Crown: High Street, Heston Blumenthal;
The Hind's Head: High Street, Heston Blumenthal.
Count your money and make your choice!


Waterside Inn & Hotel, Michelin 3 stars

A history of Bray

1910: Bray in Thames Villages by Charles Harper.

Slipway in Bray on Left Bank next to Waterside Inn 01628 620691 "Un Restaurant avec chambres"

Bray Slipway 2003
Bray Slipway, seen in 2003

The slipway is well maintained - though 'big brother' has clearly placed the bollards so as to constrain the size of boat launched here - and there is no parking!
 
On the right of the slipway used to be a boatyard, Messums, which was famous for its punts. This was the base for the Bray Punt Regatta. It is said that one could walk from Berkshire to Buckinghamshire dry shod on the punts moored across the River.
This is all now residential development.
There is a free village car park a few hundred yards away - but what attitude there would be to a trailer taking up an additional space is not known.  In any case in the summer there is no doubt that early arrival here would be desirable.
There does not appear to be a corresponding ferry landing on the other side though it is said that there was a ferry on a rope here. Fred Thacker makes no mention of a ferry in 1920. However Dickens does in 1885.

1873: Advertisement -

1873 advertisement
1873 advertisement

And what was once the George Inn, famous for its teas, is now the Waterside Inn, a hotel and restaurant, reservations only (if you need to ask you can't afford it!) Tariff
There are parking spaces reserved for clients only.
Lady Penelope Cobham, Chairman of 'Visit England' -

... for a special occasion, I head to The Waterside Inn at Bray in Berkshire. Under chef patron Albert Roux, the restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars, but it’s idyllic setting on the River Thames is almost as fantastic as the food.

BRITISH PATHE - 1926 BRAY'S HEATWAVE REGATTA

The above film shows the Hotel de Paris, Bray!

Humphreys and Poulsen expanded their activities and first of all decided to establish a summer rendezvous at Bray following the example of Jack May’s successful Murray’s River Club at Maidenhead. It would later become known as the Hotel de Paris and, on opening in the summer of 1925 had attractions in the open air with fairy lamps twinkling in an old world garden, a dancing platform built around a walnut tree and the addition of midnight bathing!

1929: Bray, Francis Frith -

1929:  Bray, Francis Frith
1929:  Bray, Francis Frith