The Waterside Inn will close for Christmas break as from the evening of Sunday 17th December 2023 and reopen on Friday 19th January 2024. The last date we are able to fulfill voucher orders is 1pm on Thursday 14th December. Orders placed after this time and date will not be processed until Friday 19th January 2024.
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The ultimate culinary experience …recreate the Roux magic at home!

We are delighted to unveil our exciting, state-of-the-art new Culinary School and Michel Roux Library, based at The Waterside Inn. A first for a three Michelin starred restaurant in the UK, the School is an inspired conversion of Alain’s late father, Michel Roux OBE’s riverside home, with interiors designed by Alain’s wife Laura Roux. Created as a unique centre of culinary education and training for our own kitchen and front of house staff, we can’t wait to share it with our wonderful guests too.

A variety of bespoke, unique cookery classes, courses, demonstrations, and immersive masterclass packages will be on offer, to enjoy in a fun, relaxed and beautiful setting. Already boasting one of the best training kitchens dedicated to classic French cuisine in the UK, The Waterside Inn’s new School elevates the Roux culinary legacy, offering an exciting resource for people who share the Roux family’s passion for food and hospitality.

Cook with us and we will help you gain a better understanding of the products, the best cooking methods and techniques, not to mention the three Michelin star tips that make all the difference ….!

Alain Roux’s Culinary School

Chef Alain is honoured to take on patronage of The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust in memory of his father, Michel Roux OBE, who died in March 2020 from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Chef Alain met recently with the Trust Chair, Peter Bryce, and said: “Having witnessed my father suffer the disease, I care passionately about supporting the Trust’s efforts to try to help sufferers, their families and to improve treatments.  It seems to be an illness that many people suffer but so many do not understand or know about it.”

The aim of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust is to provide personal support to people affected by Pulmonary Fibrosis.  The Charity offers practical, emotional and financial support where there is a need. They also raise awareness of the illness and in particular the challenges people face on a daily basis.

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust was founded by patients who experienced a lack of information and support upon their own diagnosis, and therefore, wanted to support others through this process.

They are there to support all those affected by pulmonary fibrosis, whether you are a sufferer or have a loved one with pulmonary fibrosis.

Peter Bryce, Chair of the Trust said “We are so pleased to have a new internationally renowned Patron, who shares a passion and understanding for supporting those who have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.  The Trust has gone from strength to strength, supporting many patients and carers over 10 years.  We look forward to a long relationship with Chef Alain, which will enable us to provide a better quality of life to even more patients suffering with this terrible disease.”

If you are suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis, or would like to support the Charity, please contact:

Telephone number: 01543 442 191



Facebook: @pulmonaryfibrosistrust

Instagram: @PFTrust

Twitter: @pulmonaryfibrosistrust

We could not be happier with the series of solid bronze sculptures Laura Roux commissioned from Alice Andrea Ewing to mark our 50th anniversary in 2022.  This is the final element of Laura’s interior restyle of the restaurant.

Alice Andrea has created a unique group of sculptures drawing on ingredients in our menu.  They are produced through an adaptation of the Italian or Renaissance Lost Wax casting process, the resulting bronze pieces are unique translations of the original specimen, capturing every detail and curiosity of form.  To truly appreciate their beauty you have to see them first-hand!

Alice Andrea is an artist and founder-sculptor living and working in Suffolk.  In 2016, she established her own studio and foundry in the county and leads the craft-design studio Pomarius.  Her works have appeared in House & Garden, The World of Interiors, the Telegraph and exhibited at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh and Royal Horticultural Society Flower shows.  In addition to her commission for The Waterside Inn she has been commissioned by David Linley and Foster Lomas Architects.

If you would like to find out more about the work Pomarius do please visit the website



A unique opportunity to join Chef Patron Alain, and Michael, Chef Instructor at The Waterside Inn’s new Culinary School, aboard this unmissable European cruise.

The perfect escape for lovers of adventure and fine dining.  From immersive demonstrations to an elegant, hosted cocktail party, and onshore excursion in Salerno, Italy, you will have many opportunities to enjoy the company of Alain and Michael.

Watch and learn from ‘the masters’ as they prepare many of The Waterside Inn’s classic creations.  Enjoy tasting some of these dishes, when you order, whilst on board.

The high seas have never tasted so good!

Discover the experience

Pan-fried lobster medallions with vegetable julienne and white port sauce

“This is a signature dish of my dad’s that he created in the very early 1980s,” says Alain. “It was from one of his first trips to Asia. He came back and had that idea, influenced by the flavours of shellfish, the sweet and sour flavours and the ginger. He fried that up in the kitchen and it’s stayed nearly the same since.

“Sometimes, dishes – to cook, to prepare – they get boring. But each one of them is a challenge. For this, we need to make sure you chop the medallions to the right size, cut at the right area of the shell and then make sure to break the claws because we like to cook the lobster meat, the flesh, in the shell. It’s a challenge, but the dish has never, ever faded away.”

Welcome to our special 50th anniversary celebration issue.  We hope you will enjoy this year’s magazine and agree with us that is it a fabulous read!

The team at Threadneedle Media have done a first class job!

Editor: Mike Gibson

Creative Director: Mathew Hasteley

Managing Director: Mark Hedley

Senior Designer: Lucy Javanshir

Staff Writer: Molly Codyre

Contributors: Ben Winstanley, Carolyn Boyd, Nick Savage

Photography: David Harrison, Ian Dingle, Jamie Lau, Lateef Okunnu

BBC Radio Berkshire’s presenter Bill Buckley recently visited The Waterside Inn to take a look behind the scenes, taste our cuisine and talk with Alain Roux about all things culinary and what the future holds.  Be sure to make a date for your diary to tune into his programme on Friday 7th and Saturday 6th October 2022.

The first two hours of the Friday show (1000-1200hrs) are almost all about The Waterside Inn. The interview with Alain will go out at 1010hrs and 1020hrs in two segments, the tour of the Waterside Inn at 1045hrs, interview with Frederic at 1105hrs and then the apprentices at 1120hrs.  On Saturday there will be more from Alain and Frederic around 12.30pm.  We are honoured that BBC Berkshire are allowing so much airtime to our little restaurant.

Bill Buckley’s show on BBC Radio Berkshire and available on BBC Sounds after airing.

Family is at the heart of everything we do.  Each and every member of the team is a valued member of our extended family. When looking for a partner to create The Waterside Inn’s signature gins we looked for experts in their field, but also people who share our sense of family so we welcome award-winning Hawkridge Distillers into the fold.

We are delighted to present our Signature Rhubarb & Ginger Gin and our Signature London Dry Gin, available to buy online

We are delighted to launch the Alain Roux “Homemade” range as served to our resident guests on The Waterside Inn’s breakfast tray.  Each recipe is a Roux family favourite.  Bring a bit of The Waterside Inn to your home.  You can choose from Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Jam, Apricot Jam, Blueberry Jelly, Hazelnut Chocolate Spread and Long Lane Honey.

After the pandemic hietas it has been a real treat for Claude Grant, Alain Roux and Frederic Poulette to get back on the road this April touring the best Châteaux in Bordeaux.

Michel Roux Fine Wines was created in 1984 and Mrs Claude Grant has been its Company Director for more than 30 years.  She frequently accompanied the late Michel Roux on this annual pilgrimage to France to taste the latest wines and decide which ones would be a good investment.  This year the baton is handed on to Alain Roux and the tradition continues.  Accompanied by The Waterside Inn’s General Manager, Frederic Poulette, who curates the restaurant’s wine list, this has been a tour de force…12 Châteaux in 3½ days!

Arrival at Château Margaux

Frederic Poulette and Alain Roux with Chris Meyer at Château Palmer

Frederic Poulette and Alain Roux with Philippe Delfaut Directeur General at Château Kirwan

Alain Roux and Frederic Poulette at Château Latour

Alain Roux at the Château Latour vineyard

Alain Roux with Henri Duboscq at Château Haut Marbuzet

Claude Grant, Frederic Poulette and Alain with the Duboscq family at Château Haut Marbuzet

Alain Roux tasting wine at Château Beychevelle

Frederic Poulette and Alain Roux with Laurent Lebrun and Estelle Mirieu at Château Olivier

Alain Roux and Frederic Poulette with Stephen Carrier at Château Fieuzal

Wine tasting at Château Pavie. Claude Grant, Frederic Poulette and Alain Roux photographed with Mme Chantal Perse and her daughter Angelique Da Costa

Alain Roux and Frederic Poulette with Hubert de Bouard at Château Angelus

Alain Roux and Frederic Poulette tasting at Ulysse Cazabonne

…and saving the best until last…Lunch at Château La Mission Haut-Brion with Jean-Philippe Delmas (pictured centre) and Guillaume Alexandre Marx, Sales Director. Pictured with Claude Grant, Frederic Poulette and Alain Roux

Claude can be contacted by email or by phone on 01628 786709 (week days from 10am to 3pm) if you would like any further information about the opportunity of buying fine wine from Michel Roux Fine Wines.


We are delighted to announce that Le Normandie by Alain Roux at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been awarded two Michelin stars.

The Michelin Guide arrived in Thailand five years ago, and each year Le Normandie received this incredible recognition from the world’s most respected food guide.

Chef Alain Roux thanks the guests, suppliers, producers and team members for this award that he proudly shares with you all.

Now we look forward to taking you on a new culinary journey at Le Normandie by Alain Roux as this iconic restaurant continues to evolve.

Allow us to say both Khob Khun and Merci beaucoup.

The wait is over. On Wednesday 1st December Le Normandie by Alain Roux humbly opened the doors to seduce diners with our classic French fine dining service.

World-renowned Chef Alain Roux, together with his Head Chef Phil Hickman and culinary team, are now working their magic on every dish and presenting classic French cuisine to indulge and expand your gastronomic journey.

Federico De Luca, our new Restaurant Manager, along with our team of long standing service colleagues, look forward to providing you warm and discreet service as they welcome you back to experience the evolution of Le Normandie by Alain Roux.

To book, please call Le Normandie by Alain Roux at +66 (0) 2659 9000 or click