Not far from London, in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, the small town of Bray-on-Thames is popular for many reasons. Its pastoral setting, by the Thames, reflect paintings of John Constable when beams of sunlight dance on its water. Commensurate with its landscape, its hotels are nested in pleasant Victorian homes. And its restaurants are undoubtedly of the highest quality in the country. Bray-on-Thames actually has two three-star establishments featuring in the Michelin guide. The Fat Duck, managed by Heston Blummenthal, provides an amazing taste-deceiving cuisine in which ingredients get new flavours thanks to subtle mixtures. The Waterside Innn, managed by the Frenchman Michel Roux, offers innovating recipes where hot mixes with cold and sugar with salt.