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A handful of exceptional restaurants justify the trip to the Thames Valley in themselves, most famously the two triple-Michelin-starred restaurants of Bray: Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, and Alain Roux's Waterside Inn. Also in Bray are Heston's two gastropubs – the Hind's Head and the Crown – which are considerably cheaper, and more in keeping with the dining scene elsewhere in the area, where upmarket pub grub is the rule. Every riverside town of note also has a semi-posh, all-purpose restaurant overlooking the Thames – Boulters at Maidenhead, The Ferry at Cookham – perfect for Sunday lunches or family treats.

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