With summer doing its best to be in full bloom despite the odd downpour now and again, I thought today I'd share a little sunny dining experience that I was lucky to be invited to experience recently at the Riverside Brasserie in Bray. This nearby village with its stunning and peaceful Marina holds host to a beautiful riverside restaurant that is well worth a visit in the summer sun.
Bray village is well known to foodies around the world for being the spot where you can find two of the finest three michelin star restaurants in the world. The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck. Yet many miss the opportunity to visit this particular restful and delightful dining location, tucked away discretely on the rivers edge as you venture into the serenity of Bray Marina. It's a spot that's well worth a visit for some very tasty food without the hefty fine dining price tag.
The marina itself is also worth a walk around, a place to daydream of owning your own beautiful boat in which to cruise up and down the Thames, plus with nearby public footpaths along the river and around Bray Lake this is also a great place for keen walkers and dog lovers. Especially as four legged friends are welcome to join you as you dine outside at the Brasserie and chow down on a well earned lunch after a energetic walk along the river, just as we did.
So to the food! We ate on a Sunday when a very reasonably priced set menu is on offer that includes a choice of starters, roast dinners and desserts. Classic and tasty food, perfectly portioned, seasoned and delicious. Priced at £21.95 for two courses or £24.95 for three the quality and quantity makes this great value in our book and won't leave you disappointed.
To start we sampled the smoked salmon gravlax and the beetroot and goats cheese salad and were equally impressed by both. Fresh ingredients and lots of flavour plus I'm still impressed by how thin they sliced that pesky beetroot!
For the main course on a Sunday afternoon you can choose from a variation of roast dinners or a vegetarian option of spinach and gruyere crepe casserole. The meat eaters in us couldn't resist the temptation of a little roast chicken and a sampling of tender rare beef. Each meal comes with the classic roast accompaniments and I can still taste the crisp but fluffy roast potatoes as we speak.
When it comes to dessert you just cannot go wrong with a classic Eton mess! Extremely popular this well loved dessert was the order of choice for many other diners so we had to give it a go. However my favourite had to be the cheesecake of the day. This subtle lemon cheesecake with fresh berries had a soft melt in the mouth biscuit base that went down very happily at the end of a very relaxing and delightful meal.
If you're looking for somewhere peaceful by the river to relax, soak up some sunshine and eat some good food then the Riverside Brasserie makes for an ideal choice. This hidden gem will be visited again by us very soon in the future. We had a lovely time and are keen to head back to give their breakfast and afternoon tea the once over in a few sunny weeks time. You can get yourself a taste of breakfast between 10am and midday whilst afternoon tea is on offer at 3pm. I'll be sure to report back on my findings once I've given each of these delightful options a whirl as well!
Over the summer months, until the end of August, they will be open 7 days a week so if you're in the area then book yourself a space and go and see what it's all about. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this lazy and lovely spot by the water just as much as we did.
*This meal was complimentary as part of being invited along to review. My opinions are however 100% honest and completely my own. If I hadn't enjoyed it I wouldn't be sharing it here today.