Maidenhead and its surrounding villages offer no shortage of Michelin star restaurants and riverside pubs. So living in Maidenhead and outside of London doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on culinary delights and a good pint.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Thames, a delicious dinner, a place for afternoon tea, or a cultural day out, Maidenhead has plenty to offer. We’ve found ten of the best places to eat, drink and play.
The Waterside Inn
Delight in gastronomical dining and picturesque views over the Thames at The Waterside Inn. The 3 Michelin star restaurant by the celebrated Roux family boasts an impressive collection of menus. Inspired by French cuisine, you can enjoy a rich mix of flavours. Choose from dishes such as foie gras terrine, roasted pheasant breast, and aubergine caviar.
With a backdrop of the river, the restaurant offers a truly opulent dining experience. In the sunnier months, step outside for luxurious al fresco dining.
Find at Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AT | Follow @rouxwatersideinnbray
The Hand & Flowers
Holding the esteemed title of being a 2 Michelin star pub, The Hand & Flowers won’t disappoint when it comes to its food menu. Curated by chef Tom Kerridge, the pub dishes use the best meat from independent butchers and seasonal vegetables from local farmers. On Sundays, dine on a traditional roast with beef, lamb and homemade Yorkshire puddings.
The friendly and cosy atmosphere is enhanced by the 17th-century dining room, complete with beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls. If you're living in Maidenhead and need a space for a special occasion, you can hire the private dining room, The Shed.
Cross the bridge to Boulters Lock and Rays Mill Island for the cosy Boulters. As you’d expect, the brasserie and terrace bar offer charming riverside views over the Thames. Soak up the sun and dine al fresco away from the bustle of the streets.
Serving hearty British pub food, breakfasts, Sunday roasts, and classic puddings, Boulters is sure to satisfy any palate. There’s also an extensive list of cocktails, gins, wines, and real ales.
Find at Boulters Lock Island, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8PE | Follow @boultersuk
Trendy bar-restaurant, Coppa Club, is the perfect place for a cocktail or bottle of bubbly if you’re living in Maidenhead. Right near the centre of Maidenhead high-street in The Picturehouse (just a short stroll from our building, Berkshire House), it’s hard to miss thanks to its high windows and plush exteriors.
Step inside for a lively ambience — pastel coloured armchairs, a stylish bar area, and private dining booths make the venue ideal whether you’re popping by to catch up on work, for brunch or for a dinner date. The menus include the best of European cuisine from small plates to sourdough pizzas and seasonal salads.
Find at The Picturehouse, Bridge Avenue, The Arches, Maidenhead, SL6 1RR | Follow @coppaclub
Blue River Café
As the name says, Blue River Café lies on the banks of the Thames. Although it’s part of the Thames Riviera Hotel, the café is open to everyone living in and around Maidenhead, not just hotel guests. Head over in the sunnier weather to enjoy the waterside view and terrace dining.
The menu features a delicious selection of homely British pub grub and Sunday roasts. Or be tempted by their afternoon tea menu for a towering cake stand of pastries, finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones. If you’re not feeling peckish, the venue is also the perfect spot to just savour a cocktail or pint outdoors.
Find at Bridge Road, Maidenhead SL6 8DW | Follow @thames_riviera_hotel
The Hind’s Head
After opening its doors back in the 1400s as a hunting lodge and coaching inn, The Hind’s Head has since established a firm reputation for fine dining. The Michelin star restaurant embodies quintessential British cuisine.
Changing with the seasons, the menus curated by Heston Blumenthal expertly recreate British classics with a touch of elegance. Savour dishes such as oxtail and kidney pudding, and the vegetarian brown bread royale. The sommeliers will also help pair on of the wines with your dinner.
Find at High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB | Follow @thehindsheadbray
Stubbings Café & Nursery
If you’re looking to add a bit of greenery to your home, the Stubbings Estate houses an expansive nursery. As well as flowers and shrubs, you’ll find plenty of houseplants available to brighten up your apartment whilst living in Maidenhead.
After a wander around the gardens, make sure you stop off at the café. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the vast selection of homemade cakes and scones, which include vegan and gluten free options. Or try their breakfast menu, complete with freshly baked sourdough bread.
Find at Stubbings Estate, Stubbings Lane, Maidenhead SL6 6QL | Follow @stubbingsnursery
The Fat Duck
For an exclusive and intimate culinary experience, Heston Blumenthal’s other venture, The Fat Duck, is a must-visit for those living in Maidenhead. The 3 Michelin star establishment is one of the most renowned restaurants in Britain thanks to its exemplary cuisine.
You’ll be taken on a journey through tantalising flavours accompanied by a theatre-like performance. Each of the dishes is carefully crafted by the team of sous chefs, inspired by modern British cuisine. The set-menus change regularly, inviting the very best of seafood, meats, and seasonal veg.
Find at Badelynge House, High Street, Bray SL6 2PP | Follow @thehestonblumenthalteam
Cliveden National Trust
Not only does the Maidenhead area boast plenty of bars and restaurants, you’ll also have the beautiful Cliveden National Trust right on your doorstep. You can take a tour of the stately manor house and learn about its eclectic history. Dating back to the 1600s, the house has seen the likes of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin pass through its doors.
The formal gardens are also open to the public, which include a giant yew tree maze to solve. Or head out with your dog to wander the enchanting surrounding woodlands, made even more stunning in bluebell season.
Find at Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS | Follow @cliveden_national_trust
A cultural centre for the arts, Norden Farm boasts an eclectic events calendar supporting local talent. Built on an 18-century dairy farmhouse, the venue is a peaceful retreat just outside of Maidenhead town centre. There’s a real mix of things going on, from film screenings and theatre to dance performances, live music and open mic nights. Or inspire your creative side during their regular crafts and art workshops.
Enjoy one of the homemade cakes and fresh salads in the on-site café. You can also reserve a table for their special pre-theatre dinner menu before a show.
Find at Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF | Follow @nordenfarm
Living in Maidenhead
Maidenhead offers the best of suburban life and also boasts an array of charming and exclusive hangouts. If you’re looking to live outside of London, our stylish Berkshire House apartments place you in the heart of the area, with picturesque views overlooking the Thames.
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