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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
  • "We went for dinner on a Saturday night. Great ambience and quite a modest setting for such an extravagant meal. I guess the food speaks more for the place than the quaint setting. The food was an experience, to say the least. It was a sensory overload of taste, smells, sights and even noise. Standout dishes were the beetroot wafer, the truffle toast, the palate cleanser and every one of the desserts (there were 4!). However, I will have to say that some of the savoury dishes were a bit too salty for my liking. I prefer a subtler flavour. The worst dish was probably "sounds of the sea", as it was way too fishy and slimy for my taste. Service was impeccable, as expected. A really great experience, albeit an expensive one. Glad I went!"
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at the Fat Duck for our First wedding aniversary and from start to finish the experience was sublime. The staff are wonderful, the food was out of this world, and the ambiance was excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable time."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "While not all the dishes appeal to all diners one can only marvel at the ingenuity and sophistication of the techniques used to bring it to the plate. You know when you go that you are expecting an experience rather than dining heaven - and that is what you get."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "We dined at the Fat Duck a few days ago and I can honestly say this was one of the best meals I have ever had. It is a small restaurant with about 45 covers with a kitchen so small that the majority of the 42 chefs work in a nearby preparation kitchen. All staff were very friendly and helpful and quite understandably proud to be working there. There are no menu choices as such, as they only serve the 14 course tasting menu. Obviously they cater for dietary requirements and are happy to accommodate diners that are not comfortable with certain ingredients. The food served was simply divine. It looked and tasted amazing. My favourite of the night was one of the fish courses: Salmon poached in liquorice gel. I'd go again just for this dish."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Looked forward to it for so long and it did not disappoint. Fab food, even better service and just a fab goody night out."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "13/08/14- I felt it my duty to write that I have lost all confidence in the hype that is the fat duck. We received a wonderful promotional video accompanying our booking confirmation which only made what followed a bigger disappointment. On arrival, we sat at the table for 40 minutes with just a glass of water. The food that followed was barely edible. Absolutely every dish, including the foie gras, lamb and salmon were cold and/or overcooked and the sandwiches were stale. We wanted to leave but it was a special occasion. We felt like idiots forced to hand over our credit cards to pay for such a terrible experiences. What was meant to be a celebratory day, was utterly ruined, I will never get that day back, I feel robbed and mislead."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "We have booked this for my daughters 30th birthday, because she is much into cooking and was really dreaming about dining at the Michelin stared restaurant. Despite the price we have not regretted that choice! It is not just a meal, its a sensual food experience. We were there for lunch, starting at 12:00. It is a good timing because the 14 courses are presented over about 4 hours, and you want to enjoy every one of them. So we did! First three servings just had us left with the word "Undescribable"! We just kepr smiling, all 5 of us. Then it was a bit like a theatrical performance, taking all our senses to highest picks of pleasure. A tip for ones on budget: Wine is not a must because food goes really well without. They serve water :o)"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Simply the best, and I have dined in several of the world's best restaurants."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "This has to go down as the best food experience I have EVER experienced. I don't want to ruin anything but it certainly is a MUST. Not cheap but great for a special occasion. Enjoy :-) Jealous!"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "We were amazed with the presentation and the taste of each and every course. The food was fabulous. It was like being at a magic show, never knowing what was going to happen next.............how the food would be presented, and how it would transform or dissolve on your palate? Worth the long wait to get a booking!"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Very hard to get a reservation. Very worth the wait. -Insert all good adjectives here-"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Its theater - plus food , the service is great without being stuffy and warm welcome and all the meals beautifully presented - Pure magic - interesting and intriguing - not just food - tickles all your senses . Loved the gold watch and the oak moss, loved the whiskey wine gums and the ipod seashore - its 4 hours of entertainment."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "This was our second time at the Fat Duck with two new diners. This place is so magical, the service beyond parallel and the food just as amazing as ever. From the beet root amuse bouche to the sweets at the end. We had asked them in advance to not offer us the Foie Gras and were instead treated to the most wonderful scallop dish, probably my favourite course of the night. Our guests were thrilled with everything. Being second timers we felt that it was not as fabulous as the first, we were less happy with both desserts than the last visit .and our wine experience was not as good (less detailed appeared a little rushed) Tiny quibbles though on what is undoubtedly the best dining experience we are ever likely to have"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "We came here for lunch, all first timers, and loved it! The food (all 12 or so courses) was of course delicious. But what sets it apart is that it was fun as well! A journey which was educational (learnt a bit of history), nostalgic and just so novel. Love Blumenthal's allusions to various themes and the playful factor. The staff as well were all so warm and knowledgeable, yet completely professional. The wine, especially one of the whites recommended, were sensational. Lovely feel to the restaurant too - not at all stuffy or pretentious. I had reservations that perhaps The Fat Duck had been too super-hyped up, but that wasn't at all the case. Fantastic!"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Second time I've been lucky enough to eat here. This time was just as good as the last. Great to look round the kitchen as well and see where some of the magic happens."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "My partner and I came for dinner on Wednesday the 6th of August at 8.00pm. We had traveled a long way to get here(Thames Ditton, Kingston) and wasn't sure we were gong to make it as I had been poorly for the past couple of days, but we persevered and i'm glad we did. we had fantastic time the service, food and the setting was flawless. You deserve a 3 star for a reason. Both myself and my partner work in the same industry and I understand how rewarding and how hard it can be at times. but you all deserve a pat on the back. I tried my best t eat as much as I could and was gutted I couldn't finish every course as it was beautiful. We will be back in the future. kind regards Laura Scott"
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "My Mum & I treated ourselves to the tasting menu at The Fat Duck. We aren't foodies, posh, rich or anything like that, we just like food and this seemed like the ultimate treat. It was. I've never been so charmed and enthralled by a menu in my life. It was 4 hours of absolute joy. The staff were wonderful, putting us at our ease at all times. The food was out of this world. There were flavours I've never experienced before, but that's not the half of it. It was amazing, through and through. The attention to every detail in that place is brilliant. The only reason I've marked it down a star for value is that if you're not made of money, the wine could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. The food is worth every penny. Outstanding."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Whimsical, fantastical, eye-opening sumptuous time. Top marks for the Foie Gras. The Sound of the sea is an interesting experiment... I don't think the flavours quite cut it. A day for the real foodie. Be prepared- it's 4 hours worth of dining..."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "We opted for the wine-testing menu for our lunch, and that was an excellent choice. Very inviting atmosphere at the restaurant. we started grinning aften testing the frist course and that mord lastes for 4 hours. Great food, an experience involving more than just the tastebuds.A great way of celebrating my wife's birthday! The Mad Hatter's Tea Party was probably my favourite moment."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "From start to finish everything was perfect. Not sure how i can eat out again as it can't match my high expectations!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "We had high expectations & The Fat Duck didn't disappoint. It was full of interaction, wow moments & amazing food. The service was excellent & overall it was a truly memorable experience. It's not cheap but it's so much more engaging & satisfying than many equally expensive, more traditional dining experiences that I do think it's worth the money."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "A genuine culinary experience of a lifetime, set in a cosy cottage. Every dish offered something special in terms of sight, smell, taste and even sound! I don't spoil the surprise by going into any more detail, but every one of our party enjoyed the 14-course tasting menu immensely. The meal was served over the course of a 5-hour evening of drama, fun and fine dining of the very highest standard. Not cheap, but something everyone should experience at least once in their life."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "This isn't a restaurant it's a theatre. Dish after dish provided a different sensory experience. One for everybody's bucket list. It's well worth the hefty price."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "This was not just a meal out but a dining experience taking you to the seaside, through the woods, back to your favourite childhood memories and transporting you to places you've never imagined. After this four hour food extravaganza my senses needed a rest. The service was impeccable with every need noticed before you yourself had noticed and staff expressed themselves clearly and interestingly when explaining each course. Each dish was emasculately presented in ways I couldn't have imagined. My favourite childhood story 'Alice in wonderland' was a theme of a dish which made me giddy with excitement and did not disappoint. Now whenever I read th story I will gladly think about the mock turtle soup I enjoyed. Beautifully done! Excellent job"
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "What can I say other than every single thing about the experience at the Fat Duck was outstanding. From the service, to the food, to the bathrooms the whole experience was out of this world. Every one of the 14 courses was fantastic. Far and away the best dining experience I have ever had."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "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
  • "If you are a foodie then the Fat Duck is a must visit dinning experience. It is Art, Theatre, Science and amazing Food all rolled into one. The Staff were attentive and knew every part of each dish. The Ambience is relaxed and friendly however, the dinning experience is like no other we have experienced or are likely to, our meal took 41/2 hours in that time we were privileged to the best experiences you can imagine. We went to the Fat Duck with great expectations and we were not disappointed. We will remember the Fat Duck experience forever."
    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
  • "Whilst the Fat Duck is not cheap, in my opinion it is still worth the price, not only for the food and wine on offer but for the overall experience. It is a smoothly run machine with the staff seeming to enjoy what they do, despite having to go through the same act several times a day, a number of times a week, but still seem enthusiastic and welcoming, particularly the sommelier. Perfect for a special occasion and once-in-a-lifetime experience."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "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