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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The food & overall experience didn't disappoint - it was by far the best restaurant experience I have ever had and the food equally as good - hence my 5 stars for Food, Service and Ambience. It was also without question the most expensive meal I have ever had and I would question whether any meal can justify a bill of over €1,000 for 2 people, so I feel my 2 stars for value is also fair. Granted we did have 2 bottles of wine, but over a 14 course menu this was probably about right. If we had ordered a cheaper wine we could have reduced the bill by about €100, but that would have meant drinking a heavier red to what we like to drink - the cheapest soft red available to us was €130."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We had never encountered a dining experience that comes anywhere near what we found at the Fat Duck. Fourteen courses over three and three quarter hours, superb food, each course unique in character with unexpected aspects to the presentation and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "The food was sublime. The service was excellent. Attentive without being over the top. Attention to detail by the staff for the food and the customer service is excellent"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "To make it short - it's been a once in a lifetime experience! It's a feast for all senses... Four hours filled with delicacy and surprises (even if you think you know the menu) Perfect (young and well trained) staff! It's been amazing!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "All of Heston's TV programmes have fascinated me and my biggest wish has been to visit the Fat Duck. Having viewed the website, booked and watched the You Tube films, I thought we knew what to expect. However, no photo can ever do justice to the actual experience. From entering to leaving, the food and staff were way beyond amazing. Being on a tight budget, as part of the pre-planning, we tutted over service charge and decided to leave a smaller tip. However towards the end we were both so euphoric we were more than happy to pay and can honestly say this dining experience is worth every penny. Thank you Heston for your inventions and to all the hardworking, skilled, talented staff at the Fat Duck."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "The whole evening was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this sort of level of fine dining. The menu is unlike anything I've ever had before and the memory will live with me forever."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Had high expection before dining at Fat Duck after reading all the reviews but turned out it was a big disappointment. The service was extremely slow (average wait 10-15 min per dish). Diners from two of the tables were so loud. Food was either salty or over-seasoned, definitely not worth spending £200 (food only) on this!"
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "More than just a meal - wonderful culinary theatre. The staff cannot be faulted, a family treat never to be forgotten."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Maybe my expectations were too high but I was hoping for more. The service, ambiance, theatre was spectacular. Can't fault that. But I just thought the flavour was not spectacular. Some of the courses I wasn't keen on- especially the starters. I found them too similar in texture. Some had messed around with the food too much eg the liquorice salmon- i'd rather have eaten a really tasty well cooked piece of salmon. I know the essence of the Fat Duck is the way food is spun on its head. But I was hoping my taste buds would be blown away and i'd want to keep going back for more. But I didn't get that- infact some dishes I didn't really want to eat. And for the price I wanted it to tick every box. I'm glad I went. It was on the bucket list."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "The Fat Duck is not just about fine dining, I would describe it more as a cuisine experience. Don't get me wrong the food is fabulous but I think Heston aims to reawaken all our senses and alter our perception of food. Through the inspired use of imagination he reconnects us with the joy of food through our sight, smell, hearing & taste buds. As far as I'm concerned he's achieved his aim and it's a delightful experience I want to repeat. The faultless service by the wait staff complimented and enhanced the almost theatrical progress of each course. Well done team Heston."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "It had taken us literally years to get to experience the joy of dining at The Fat Duck but the wait was definitely worth it! The atmosphere, the enthusiasm and professionalism of the staff and the presentation and taste of the food were all faultless. Having read many reviews of the menu, the anticipation of each plate service highlighted the excitement of the meal. While we could not wait to enjoy the tastes, we also did not want it to end. We were one of the earler tables to receive service and it was incredible watching the presentation of the courses to the other diners and their reactions to the service and the tastes. the Fat Duck is a definitely a "must do" dining experience. Can't wait till next time in the UK."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "The experience and service was great. One disappointment - when making the reservation I requested something special for my parents anniversary if possible - this was confirmed but nothing was delivered so to speak on the night. Everything else was great though- my family had a great time and a great experience."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "WOW, a stunning experience and worth the money. I had no idea there was so much theatre to accompany the menu, staff excellent, a real treat, you're worth it!"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "My 'review must be 50 characters' but I am still (almost) literally speechless after 2 weeks. Go, if you can get a table, GO!"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "The title says it all, really - I sent my parents here as a special treat and they had incredibly high expectations after hearing about it from various sources and it exceeded all their expectations. They had an amazing, fantastic time."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Eating at the fat duck was a dream of mine and it exceeded all expectations. The service was absolutely top class, with waiters really going out of their way to make you feel special. The food itself was beautifully presented, always delicious and completely unique in every aspect. Once in a lifetime experience (though when they change the menu I'd be tempted to go again)"
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Set in the pretty village of Bray 'The Fat Duck' cannot be compared to any other Restaurant in the world. A real experience of a life time. Great for special occasions or just if you are a foodie and want to experience something really different. Service is 100% professional and its not just service with a smile but each of the 14 courses has a story or explanation and this is delivered by each and every member of the waiting staff in the same professional way. At the end of your meal you have some souvenirs to take away with you which include sealed menus. Our meal was for an anniversary treat and we had our menu signed by all the waiting stuff and a card signed by Heston himself just nice little touches to end a lovely day."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "We were worried that the Fat Duck may have been over hyped but it wasn't. Sure the food has a theatrical element but it was not overplayed. Every dish was exquisitely presented and tasted just as good as it looked. We would go again."
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "If you could afford it, the Fat Duck is definitely worth a visit. You would only do it once, but that is enough. The food and service was good as expected. But it is the novelty and quirckiness of the dishes that is most lasting. My favourite dish was the quail dish with truffle toast.It was divine."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Like no other dining experience. Each dish a work of art and flavour. Lots of theatre and surprises"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Wow what an experience...B-day present for my husband,! Every dish we had was a taste experience... If you get. the chance you have to join once."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "Quite simply you will not experience another food journey / experience like this anywhere. Absolutely amazing. Not for the faint hearted or those conscious of spending money. For all you food lovers out there, go for and experience something like no where else. AMAZING."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "I can't thank the Fat Duck enough for making my parents' 50th wedding anniversary such a memorable experience. From the way our food requirements were dealt with, including the last minute notice of one of our party's needs, through to the excellent service, theatre and simply outstanding food - it was genuinely the best dining experience any of us had ever had. There is a separate, vegetarian version of the taster menu which is in no way a poor second to the regular one and the dishes there were amazing. We truly cannot wait to go again."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "The Fat Duck is a 'must' for anyone that loves food and the wonders of the culinary imagination. Very expensive but, when you get to the end of your life you won't be looking back on memories thinking 'remember that money we saved?' rather 'do you remember dinner at the Fat Duck? 'Yes! Wow, that was special'."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "By far the best dining experience you will ever find"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "The Fat Duck lived up to my expectations and then some. 14 courses, beautifully presented with some theatre to boot. Some dishes I was expecting, snail porridge, some I had seen on TV, mock turtle soup, and some surprises, sounds of the sea.I enjoyed it all.By providing the 'sweet shop' video to the diner the theatriCal expectations were Set weeks before the meal.Loved every minute and hope to go to the Melbourne reincarnation."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "The Fat Duck was the most incredible foodie experience. Over the 4 and a half hours it took to go through the tasting menu we were treated to a sensory overload ...and treated like the staff like we were so special and we have no complaints ...very expensive but superb value for money a once in a lifetime experience ....although I would return!"
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "This is the second time I have visited the Fat Duck. Took my 2 sons this time and was very happy that they were as thrilled with it as I am. Every bit as good as the 1st time for me. Although we all found 'The sound of the sea' very salty. The service was second to none. We even got a tour of the kitchens!"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "Loved the intense flavours created by the cooking methods. The way each course is presented is exciting and the information given about the food and why it has been presented that way is second to none !!! The whole experience has been designed to make your dining something you will never ever forget. "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "Our visit to The Fat Duck has been long anticipated and after we finally managed to go, it completely exceeded expectations. The service was impeccable - staff were friendly, humorous, very knowledgable and the service was synchronised and faultless. The food... incredible. It pushed preconceptions we had and took eating to a place we had not experienced before. We couldn't help but be delighted as dishes came out and as we were exploring all the various flavours. Highly recommended!"
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "I may have to delay my retirement to pay for it (!) but it was worth every penny. The most wonderful 4.5 hours; we all seemed to have a permanent grin on our faces. The staff were a pleasure to be in the company of; very chatty, often amusing, very knowledgeable and extraordinarily efficient. The food was simply unique. The experience will live with us forever!"
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "Perhaps it's the rave reviews which raise expectations way too high. Our experience tuesday lunchtime was simply disappointing. Yes, some of the food was delicious, outstanding in design and taste, but the ambience was dull, the service perfunctory ( poor English pronunciation of many of the staff made it hard to "get" what was in the dishes presented.) we were frankly glad to escape the staid atmosphere with our "kid in a sweet shop" bag of 3 tiny petit four - hardly a kid let loose in a sweetshop to my mind. I guess we had expected to be wowed, for there to be a sense of risk-taking in the menu and of theatricality in the service;churning out exactly the same menu for 80 covers a day must be dull work - Good luck in Melbourne Heston "
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "The service was appalling, robots not having any interaction with you. Food is awful, my fois gras undercooked and everything tasting bitter. Asked for butter and he stared at us making us feel uncomfortable. The waitress couldn't understand a word we said. We hated it and wish we would have gone to the waterside instead and had some decent food. Real big let down "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience - one if you can, should not be missed."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I took my wife to celebrate her birthday and we both had a wonderful experience, the service was first class and the food amazing. Along with the tasting menu we chose the wine pairing option which we enjoyed very much. We would both recommend the whole experience to anyone."
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "Waited for the booking for months and was worth the wait. It was an amazing dining experience that lived up to all expectations. If you are even thinking of booking, then you should go. Service was personal and friendly without being too intrusive. And the food is everything you hope it will be."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "This was an experience I will be telling all my friends about. The service was wonderful and the food incomparable. While I personally don't enjoy the food as I food it too rich and the flavor too complicated, the were all of top quality and all beautifully and creatively presented. "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "We went for my 40th birthday and I am conflicted. Some of the courses were creative and beautifully done and some were just disappointing. The money has to be talked about - how can lunch at £520 be worth it and it isn't but the staff were fantastic and it felt effortless. However, I think this is a little about style over substance. On the other hand when the quail course came out, I have never had that kind of emotion about food before - you see conflicted. Go there for the sake of saying I have been there but just don't expect miracles. Food is still food no matter how much circus there is. We worked it out that at about 40 covers twice a day they will take £20k a night and we went on a drab Tuesday and it was packed. What do we know. "
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "The Fat Duck lived up to and strongly exceeded all expectations of our party of 4 last Saturday night. I have been fortunate to eat in a number of Michelin star restaurants across the world and the service in particular is the best I've ever come across. Its not pretentious in any way, all the staff are very down to earth, chatty but very knowledgable and informative. The food is out of this world and really is a delight that has to be experienced by foodies..yes its pricey but worth every penny given the quality of ingredients and the clear expertise that sits in that kitchen and across all the staff in the Fat Duck..long may you reign!"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "An amazing experience with lots of theatre. Staff were fantastic."
    dined on 24/05/2014