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The Fat Duck
The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefatduck.co.uk
  • Phone: 0162 858 0333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2pm (last orders)
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 7pm- 9pm (last orders)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Heston Blumenthal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No

Getting there

  • Public Transit: By Rail
    The journey from London Paddington to Maidenhead takes 40-50 minutes. The Fat Duck is a five-minute taxi ride from the station.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in The Hinds Head car park, opposite The Fat Duck, which is patrolled by a security guard in the evening. In addition there are two village car parks. The first is on the right soon after the bridge. The second, slightly nearer car park is on the left at the other end of the village, opposite the cricket club.
A word from The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck Restaurant, Heston Blumenthal, awarded three Michelin stars, restaurant of the year, Best Restaurant in the World and Best Restaurant in the UK.
A self-taught chef, Heston Blumenthal's route to the top has been an unconventional one, involving rule-breaking, unusual experiments and an exploding oven. His work researches the molecular compounds of dishes so to enable a greater understanding of taste and flavour. His original and scientific approach to the molecular breakdown of cuisine has teamed him with fellow chefs, scientists and psychologists throughout the world.
His restaurant, The Fat Duck, opened in 1995 and was awarded its third Michelin star in January 2004.
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Diner Reviews
  • "incredible experience….lived up to all the hype…talk and expectations…everything was a wow factor …a visual sensory taste extravaganza ……the service was both professional and relaxing and fun……and full of knowledge about all aspects of the experience …..."
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "I visited the Fat Duck with my husband and our daughter and her fiancé to celebrate their engagement. It is difficult to compare this restaurant to any other......it is truly unique and was a wonderful dining experience. The staff were very friendly and as each course is served their enthusiasm shone through describing each dish in detail. Do choose the wine tasting menu if you can - each wine complimented the course, again with an informed description on the wine region. This is a restaurant for that "special occasion" as it is not cheap but I felt it was worth every penny. The staff had signed a menu for my daughter and her fiancé thus making the experience personal and was a lovely touch. Thank you. "
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Ok, so it cost a lot, but this so something everyone should do once in their life - it was the most amazing experience ever. The food was really, really good, but it was the experience, atmosphere, spectical and surprise that made this place so, so, amazing. If you're after the traditional, formal, Michelin star meal, don't to here. But if you want amazing michilin star food and are open enough to have some fun while doing it, then defiantly go here. No hesitation."
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Fat Duck on 19th April. The entire experience was fantastic. Expensive? Yes, but worth it."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "An amazing culinary experience, best enjoyed with a small group of good friends and/or significant others. We went as a group of two couples and had a blast - I enjoy romantic dinners but the Fat Duck is better as a small group. It also means you can more easily get through different wines! A truly memorable experience and worth the lofty price tag. "
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "My husband has wanted to eat at the Fat Duck for a long time so when I managed to get a reservation for his special birthday I was over the moon. The Fat Duck was everything we'd hope it would be and more. Each course was an experience in itself with taste and flavour combinations that you wouldnt imagine. Anyone who has the opportunity to eat here should grab it with both hands."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "extremely expensive. It feels like being cheated. Food isn't great. staffs were arrogant. i was really regret to come this restaurant."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "The fat duck is everything you expect it to be. An amazing dining experience, would recommend having the wine pairings too!"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Went as a couple, one normal, one veggie. I didn't feel at all like I missed out - of course, value wise, mine was probably cheaper - the fois gras was replaced with aubergine, the fish replaced with mushroom, the duck with vegetarian bone marrow (made with white turnip and something else), and another meat dish replaced with risotto. but they were tasty, great to look at. the whole thing is an experience, but the desserts were outstanding."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "We went to the Fat Duck for my wife's birthday celebrations... I had been trying for a long time to get a table but believe me it was worth it!!! Such wonderful experience! Theatrical and exciting. Thank you Heston!"
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "there's no better place to celebrate ones dearest mother's birthday. What an unforgettable experience. one surprise after the other, 14 different courses, one topping the other. Heaven on earth!"
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "The attention to detail to ensure all senses are satisfied to the max is second to none. Visual presentation (both food, plates, etc.), sounds, smells (food, wine, gimicks), textures to the touch and in the mouth, taste, thoughts/feelings - it was all sensational. The Fat Duck is not a restaurant, its an experience."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Booked as my wife's 50th birthday surprise, it was indeed an evening to remember. From being warmly welcomed at front of house, to the never ending theatre of each of the 14 courses, The Fat Duck is very special indeed and deserves it's plaudits and reputation. One has to be prepared to be amazed by the chemistry involved as well as the talent in preparing each dish and indeed the skill of the waiters and waitresses in making the evening a true dining experience. Treat yourself to the wine suggested list as it does compliment the food served throughout the 4 hour meal. Be prepared to pay for what you get, but do not begrudge yourself this 1 time treat and experience. Enjoy"
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "This was more than just a meal but an overall experience for the senses that we will never forget."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "This was one of the greatest experince I have ever had in an restaurant. It is just perfect. I had been wanting to go there for a couple of years and the experince was above what I was expecting. My only regret is that I did not have more money so I could drink the amasing wines."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Even after hearing so much about the Fat Duck, we were incredibly impressed with the entire experience. The food is of course a magical experience but their staff are the key to success, everyone was so friendly and enjoyable to speak with during the whole meal.....especially the sommeliers! Our group spent nearly 4 hours there and loved every minute."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "absolutely amazing. a true sensory experience to enhance the interesting, unique food that was served. Staff were outstanding - warm, welcoming, completely unpretentious.Yes, it's certainly expensive, however well worth the lifelong memory of such a dining experience in a lovely English country town."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "I loved the relaxed feel of the place and the service was fantastic. The food was great although some of the dishes did now wow us. All dishes were cleverly thought out and presented well, however myself and a friend throught the salt levels were quite high on quite a few dishes. The 'Sweetshop' Experience was heavenly. As the menu is a taster and does not change much we would not visit again but would happily visit some of the other Heston Blumenthals restaurants."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing. A most unique and spectacular experience. Pricy but worth it if you can afford to spend at least £600 with wine. So much better than other Michelin starred restaurants due to the whole show involved and lack of pretentiousness. Definitely not for vegetarians, although i understand they will cater for all dietary requirements."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "The experience was way too long, about 4.5 hrs. The concept and presentation were very very good and detailed. However the taste were not that great. I was expecting a lot more from fat duck but seems like it lacks a little luster. However the desserts were very very entertaining and very very good. So it ended on a good note."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "We had a fantastic evening and were surprised with every dish as they were served. It is a truely magnificent experience thank you"
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "We dined here on Tuesday 25th March, my mum and sister surprised me for my 21st birthday and from the moment we walked through the door we were looked after, from taking our coats and wishing me a happy birthday. My favourite dish was snail porridge. It was a lovely atmosphere and the waitin staff were so attentive, and they even noticed my sister eats with her cutlery the other way round. Little details like this really made an impact. What made it more special was I got to go to the kitchens and see the chefs cooking and they all wished me a happy birthday again. Over all a great experience. Would love to come back. After the bank balance has recovered."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "Our visit to The Fat Duck was a very special occasion, it was our wedding breakfast. We were made to feel extremely special although I don't think this was individual treatment by any means. I am sure that every diner had just as special an experience. It is difficult to separate the food from the whole Fat Duck experience, both of which were incredible. It was a truely magical experience and one that I will treasure forever. I would love to return one day for another special occasion."
    dined on 17/08/2013
  • "High quality and unique food as expected. Service was slightly slow with a extremely long wait half way through. An interesting experience."
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "Me and my partner went for lunch on Wednesday 19th March. I have to say thank you to all member of staff the service and food was Out of this world..simply brilliant"
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "As expected, the Fat Duck was an amazing experience and one I will not forget in a hurry."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "I treated a friend to Dinner at The Fat Duck to celebrate her 50th birthday. Having tried to reserve a table in advance it was fully booked, but following the advice given to try and get a cancellation nearer the date we were lucky enough to secure a table for 2. From the moment we arrived the service was exceptional but also relaxed and friendly. The staff were always there if you needed them but without interrupting our conversation. This was without doubt the best meal we have ever had, the attention to detail and creativity was superb, with amazing flavours and textures. We loved the little touches of asking us to fill out a card of our childhood memories regarding food, flavours and taste."
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "An evening of outstanding new taste sensations, in addition much fantasy and magic. The tasting menu worth every penny. We sat at 7pm and couldn't believe that is was after 12.15 before we left."
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing food, such fun... what an experience... highly recommend it.... well worth the money. The staff were all very friendly and attentive ......cannot fault it!"
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "the fat duck give me surprise and amazing feeling. It is a really good place to eat in UK. the only thing I do not like is its turtle.....in fact the turtle refers to a story...not a real turtle. but anyway, it is the best resturant of UK for me."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "I booked this for my other half's 30th Birthday and having told them this they went out of their way to wish him happy birthday by several different members of staff, then not only gave him a signed menu by all the chefs personally wishing him a great birthday, but he even got a card especially from Heston. The service was impeccible throughout and they enthusiastically explain each dish to you as its served. Our favourites were the aperitifs, the duck dish and the rhubarb dessert as well as obviously the hot and cold tea which is just scientific genius! But frankly every dish had interesting textures, temperatures, smells and flavours that even if your palette doesnt fully appreciate it, they at least spark great conversation!!"
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "The evening from start to finish was incredible, I've never had food like this, left our mouths watering with every bite! Will go again with partner in the future! Would recommend to everyone! Only problem was trying to get a booking for months!!!"
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "Extraordinary! I ate here 12 years ago when I was last in England and it was superb. Since then, while living in Seattle, I have bought his various cookbooks and tried to imagine what he was doing and even tried to follow some of them but only as a poor shadow. (I am typically quite successful in following cookbook recipes from fine dinning establishments). I was recently in England for the Crufts Dog Show and made time to dine both at Heston's London Dinner as well as his tasting menu at the Fat Duck. Both were excellent but the Fat Duck truly was an extraordinary experience. Hopefully I can some back in much less than a decade and enjoy this again."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "This visit was a dream come true for me, the staff were outstanding! They knew what I wanted even before I did. The food was something else, out of this world with each course offering a new surprise! A must for a foodie before you die! I'm 18 and saved up for this as you can imagine it was difficult, but well worth it! Bravo I WILL be returning"
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "Had a fantastic experience at The Fat Duck. Impeccable service and amazing, fun and wondrous food. Can't wait for another special occasion as an excuse to go back. Have bored everyone I know ever since with tales of taste, smell, sights and sounds. We couldn't ask for anything more from a restaurant."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "We were looking forward to our visit to the Fat Duck for some time and we were very disappointed after our experience. The theatre was fairly good and unusual but the most important thing is the taste and out of 14 courses we found many inedible. If the time spent on the theatre was spent on the actual product then I am sure it would be much better. Over £1000 for 4 was definitely not value for money. We have eaten in many top quality restaurants around the country and world and The Fat Duck is the most disappointing by a country mile."
    dined on 05/03/2014
  • "Had lunch with my husband and my in-laws as it was a treat from myself. What a lovely long lunch which lasted 4.5 hours. Each course were outstanding and delicious, carefully explained by various waiters/waitress. The service was excellent and the timing for each course was just right as I am a slow eater. Yes, it was very very expensive but this was something I knew before going. A must go, to experience it once so make sure you do no eat too much bread as this is unlimited! Go and enjoy X"
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Every course was a 'taste explosion' .... (all 14 of them)...the smell of each dish was sensational....excellent service and attention to detail....wonderful experience!!"
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "I went with 4 friends for lunch as a birthday treat for a friend. Found the booking process fairly straightforward although almost impossible to get a weekend evening slot. We were greeted by incredibly friendly staff. The 14 course tasting menu is the only option but the restaurant were very accommodating of any dietary requests. The courses lived up to Heston's reputation and some of the famous dishes e.g. snail porridge were a lot more palatable than they sound! The courses are very rich but portion sizes accommodate for this. I thought the staff were excellent and kept with the theme of the courses e.g. Madhatter's Tea Party. As expected drinks etc are pricey but this is a once in a lifetime experience, highly recommended!"
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "I've waited years to have both the time to make it through the first hurdle of getting a table and enough spare cash so that I don't go pale when the final bill arrives! There was a lot riding on this - I wanted everything to be perfect, and it would be difficult to suggest where The Fat Duck could improve. If there was a fault, it was mine. I've watched the programmes, read the book, drooled over the photos and recipes so much of the experience was affirmation rather than complete surprise. But I am so, so pleased to have experienced all that The Fat Duck has to offer for myself."
    dined on 07/03/2014