"The Roux brothers' first foray out of London in 1972 brought them to an old inn on the upper reaches of the Thames. Inside is an affable cocoon of old-school civility, the dining room opening up to the little jetty and the soothing plash of the river in summer. Under Alain Roux and his team leader Diego Masciaga, the place trades in transcendent classical French gastronomy. Many of the dishes have earned their places on the various menus through time-hallowed tradition, such that regulars would revolt at their removal.

AA Guides 2017

Private Dining

Opulent, elegant and exclusive; private dining is taken to a new level. When the occasion calls for a more intimate setting, River Cottage is simply perfect. 

Immediately adjacent to the restaurant, with its own discreet entrance, the private drawing room, dining room and enclosed landscaped courtyard at River Cottage can be adapted for a variety of uses. Surrounded by rich velvets, fine silks and beautiful antique furniture – which, along with the paintings and Lalique crystal, are part of Michel Roux’ s personal collection – guests can celebrate birthdays, christenings and weddings, hold confidential business meetings, or simply host private dinner parties. 

Private dining is available every day in the dining room and restaurant, even while the Waterside Inn is closed all day Mondays and Tuesdays. Please contact us for further information.


Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships, River Cottage is a memorable venue for private ceremonies. Following the nuptials, guests can either dine in the restaurant or remain in the same setting.

Private Parties

Drinks in the courtyard, a sumptuous meal around the expansive dining table, after-dinner coffee in the drawing room: whatever the celebrations, River Cottage will exceed all expectations.

Private Events

Private dining on an even more impressive scale.