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Thursday, 24 November, 2016

MY NEIGHBOURHOOD: ALAIN ROUX ON BRAY, BERKSHIRE

Home is…
Bray. It’s a very peaceful village but, at the same time, there is a lot happening. It has kept its identity, its style and its general community feeling. There are not many local businesses, apart from restaurants, but they are well supported by people living in the village.

Work is…
I’m the chef-patron of The Waterside Inn in Bray, which was founded by my father, Michel, and my uncle, Albert. I feel very proud that we are the only establishment in the UK to have retained three coveted Michelin stars for over 30 years. We try to support the local community, plus national and local charities, as well as the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Our main charities are Hospitality Actionand, one that is close to our hearts, the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, founded by a family friend. We also run the Roux Scholarshipfor young chefs.

Favourite place to spend a relaxing Sunday…
The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so my Sunday is a Tuesday! I the village and I love our home, especially our garden. I have just realised my childhood dream of having an orchard in my like to stay at home as I love garden – I have more than 30 fruit trees with all different types of fruit. They need care and attention, so that keeps me busy, and my son, Paul – my daughter, Louise, is a bit too small at the moment – loves to help me. I also like to visit Odds Farm Park near Beaconsfield, especially for the fruit picking in season and Copas Farm Pick Your Own in Cookham.

Favourite local discovery…
Dorney Court near Windsor, especially the Kitchen Garden, which has a lovely café where they serve breakfast, lunch, sandwiches and bits and bobs. The manor house itself is also very beautiful.

Most memorable meal…
There are a so many good restaurants, not only in the village but nearby. It’s difficult. I should say The Fat Duck, but that would be too obvious! The one I like to support is André Garrett at Cliveden House in Taplow – I would recommend his tasting menu – and the Astor Grill, which is low key and great for a family lunch.

Favourite place for a night out with friends…
I like Thai Orchid on Ray Mead Road in Maidenhead. It has great food – especially their buffet lunch, which is very good value for money – as well as friendly service and good Thai beer. I like Asian food and when a place is good I like to support friends. You feel very relaxed and comfortable there.

Building I’d most like to live in…
One of the treehouses at Chewton Glen in Hampshire (the sister hotel to Cliveden House). I’ve been lucky enough to stay there and it’s just fabulous. There is a hatch that you open, pull in your little picnic basket from the tunnel behind and you have everything there for your breakfast; it’s like a dreamland. I have an old tree in my garden and it’s not big enough or particularly suited to a treehouse, but it’s one thing I would love.

Favourite spot for some retail therapy…
I love shopping; it comes from my mum, who used to be very into her fashion, and was a sewing specialist for big brands. Windsor and Marlow are my favourite places to shop, not just for the clothes, but also for the kitchen shops. I particularly like Steamer Trading Cook Shop at the top of Marlow High Street – I have a loyalty card and I can spend a long time there (too much, my wife says)!

Favourite place to soak up some culture…
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead – there is a theatre, cinema, dance, cabaret and lots of educational activities for kids. My children love it there, and I particularly like the stand-up comedy.

Best spot for a family day out…
The Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell Forest. There’s plenty to do for kids and grownups and, at the right time of year, there are a lot of activities outside, which I love. That’s the way I think we should live – enjoying what is outdoors in the fresh air.

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