The Fat Duck
The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefatduck.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01628 580333
  • 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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The Fat Duck reviews from OpenTable diners
429 reviews since 23 November 2013
Average Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambience4.6
    Value4
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (367)fit for foodies (244)romance (159)business meals (32)group bookings (28)outstanding value (21)good vegetarian options (17)sunday lunch (12)outdoor eating (4)brunch (4)disabled access (3)child friendly (2)pre/post theatre (2)Show More
  • Amazing experience all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    I've wanted to go there for aaages, and this year when i turned 30 all my friends and family chipped in for me (and my girlfriend) to go to The Fat Duck. After years of mentally preparing, cooking Heston's dishes from the cookbooks and watching youtube videos umpteen times i finally went there, and it was even more amazing than i thought it would be. The service is impeccable, the food surprising and ridiculously tasty, service doesn't feel stuffed while you're very very well cared for. Because my girlfriend is pregnant and also allergic to shellfish there had to be some replacements , and that was no problem at all. Overall an amazing experience, can't wait to go again.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best lunch of my life
    Nicolasg
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Even though the menu changed from what I've seen online, everything's perfect at the fat duck. The service is only surpassed by the food. I got back and immediately got a reservation at Dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ellie
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    Outstanding food and dining experience. It is the best food I have ever tasted and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SurpriseVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    Overall everything was great, but would have preferred there to be a slight intervals between courses as I found it hard to appreciate the food being served by half way point as dishes came out too fast. But very good overall.
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Full of surprises!
    Ieffei
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    Went to London for our honeymoon and decided to have a little trip to The Fat Duck! Very friendly staff and they signed us a Happy Wedding Card at the end, appreciated it! Fat Duck is quite different from most of the Michelin restaurants we have tried, not only excellent food they provided but also a very comfortable dining atmosphere without any pressure to pretend "you know food" and without any worries about being spotted of a wrong move. Everyone was relax and having a good time there!
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    outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Overall, an incredible experience. Can highly recommend. Staff and service were impeccable and the food was out of this world!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take a deep breath...
    Bec75
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    ...as the bill at The Fat Duck will be steep. Very, very steep. You could probably go on holiday for that amount. Some of the (fourteen!) courses are better than others - I wasn't a fan of the snail porridge or the Anjou pigeon, but the amuse bouche, red cabbage gazpacho and quail in crayfish cream were delicious. To be honest, it's all about the experience and the theatre. It's the type of restaurant you visit once in your life and they know that: you're given a copy of the menu in a sealed envelope and a bookmark with the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, explaining the story and the origins of mock turtle soup. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, there's no dress code, and you have four-and-a-half hours to enjoy it. Save up and go!
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  • It was an amazing experience
    Benny2020
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    the most food amazing experience that I ever had It was a compleat festival of sounds, visual and tast . The food is very good and the way it served make you astonished with ever dish. Strongly and warmly recon and to expire the event
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected. Almostl beyond words.
    YetAnotherChiswickFoodie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    There is now only a 14 course tasting menu both at lunch and dinner. Not that you'll get a dinner reservation before they go to Melbourne before Xmas. As for the meal, it just was a sublime once in a lifetime 4 hour experience. Everything was perfect and as our lunch finished at 16.30 or so, it was the only meal of the day. Bottom line...If you can afford it, try and book it. Lunchtimes are available even a week ahead but dinner is (in our experience) almost impossible to get . But there is worldwide demand for 42 seats and some travel 100s of miles. Back to the food...standout dishes for me were the MH Tea Party and the desserts. Worth every penny ...and it's a lot of pennies.
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  • Amazing experience
    kdhgjr
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    What a truly amazing one off experience! Food like nothing you've ever had before or likely to have anywhere else. Staff trained to the highest possible level, with complete knowledge of every item served, also extremely helpful and friendly. Four or five hours of indulgence that myself and my partner will remember for the rest of our lives.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but not mind blowing
    ThePT
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Presentation and theme of food was really impressive, taste wise not as mind blowing as it looked. The salmon liquorice dish I had high expectations for as friends who have been recommended, but the flavours were bit bland when I had it and needed salt. Also the service was slow., compared to Noma the dining experience was a lot more efficient.
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  • The Fat Duck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Amazing food, fantastic service, outrageously expensive, but strangely worth it!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • A different experience
    2wannabefoodies
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    We have known about the "Fat Duck" for years, and even have the "Fat Duck Cookbook", so were keen to eat there. The experience didn't disappoint. Amazing food, nice theatre, and excellent attentive but discreet service. One of us has a gluten allergy of which all the staff were aware, and the GF bread was excellent. Pricey but worth it, and certainly recommended for a special occasion or experience.
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  • the most oustanding meal we've had
    Jmpfr
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Even when you think you've seen everything Heston Blumenthal can do by watching his TV programmes and poring over his books, he still finds ways to surprise, excite and innovate through refined textures, intense flavours, and optical illusion. Would recommend to all.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A DINING EXPERIENCE!
    Alimandritis
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    This is my second visit to the Fat Duck, the first with my husband. The food is exceptional, if you are a fussy eater I would not dine here. Have an open mind and be willing to try anything and everything - you won't be disappointed. The staff deserve a special mention, they are young, happy, friendly and happy to chat if you are but don't be fooled, they are trained to an extremely high standard and those standards do not slip for a second. Service is slick and unintrusive. The staff are obviously friends with each other and enjoy their job, this is evident. As for the food - it's dreamy.
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  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    A truly wonderful experience with very attentive staff and food that will absolutely amaze you.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Even at £895 for 2 tasting menus this amazing experience has to be had. The Fat Duck is the zenith of gourmet dining. I don't expect to find anything better -ever.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kittykatinla
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Food theatre. Even if you don't like all the courses, the fantastic theatrics are a sight to be seen.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    Rox2
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Had an absolutely wonderful lunch here. Food and service was amazing. Yes - it's expensive but it was worth it for a special occasion. Thoroughly recommend it if you can get a table.
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  • A real treat
    Paul
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Hard to add anything here that hasn't already been written, but my wife and I really enjoyed this dining experience. Obviously it's expensive, but the whole theatrical nature of the dishes was fantastic, and you could really tell a lot of effort went into each dish. The staff were absolutely brilliant. I really liked the ambience as well - seemed to be formal and informal at the same time, and didn't have any of the stuffy pretentiousness that you sometimes find in other expensive restaurants. Unlikely to return given the cost as well as the difficulty in getting a table, but I'm very glad I went and would defnintely recommend for a special occasion.
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  • One of the world greats
    luv2eat
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Great food with passion. 4 hours of prefect dinning experience. Worth every single penny spent.
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  • A truly memorable night.
    villa2score
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    The most imaginative food and dining experience possible. Tastes, presentation and service were exemplary!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    fatduckfirsttimer1
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    It is the kind of restaurant that you should go once in a lifetime. Every dish was delicately cooked, served and plated. Experience is simply awesome.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever.
    stutho
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    This was the most amazing meal I have ever had in my life. The food was out of this world with each course getting better and better. The service was also outstanding it was like watching a dance seeing the service staff attend to everyone with immaculate efficiency and grace. In addition to the meal we went for the matched wines which were sublime and complemented the dishes to perfection. The wine waiter was incredibly knowledgable. Some people would claim that a meal here is not good value. I would agree that you could buy an awful lot of burger and chips for the same price as just one meal at the Fat Duck. However a meal at the Fat Duck is more akin to buying art and the Fat Duck is the best of the best, it is excellent value.
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  • Pure magic
    Mmmmm1
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants, the Fat Duck is the most fun, innovative, beautiful and delicious experience ever.
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  • A completely unique experience
    Foodie123
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    I have been a longstanding fan of Heston Blumenthal and to dine at his original restaurant is not a disappointment! It is a truly unique experience that no other restaurant has come close to. From the moment you enter you're made to feel special, the staff are attentive and everything is done with extreme precision and care. However, they are never overly in your face, brash or smothering; if you want to chat, they'll chat, if not they'll let you get on enjoying the unique experience. Eating at The Fat Duck is exactly that, an experience, its not just great food but its inventive, sensory and quite simply a joy. On top of this, my partner is vegetarian and their vegetarian tasting menu was as good, if not better for some of the courses!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Most fantastic dining experience
    EmmaSweden100
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    One of our most fantastic and amazing dining experiences ever. Great food combined with a lot magic. Service flawless. Wish everyone got to experience Hestons restaurant!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding culinary experience
    bucksdiners
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    The quality of the dining experience is exemplary. The service is excellent and the presentation of the food is highly innovative. Whilst there are no tasting menu choices one of our party had some dietary constraints but with prior notice. Where necessary changes were made to the ingredients whilst keeping the same presentation of the dishes as the other diners. Plan to allow the 4.5 hours quoted on the Fat Duck website for the 14 courses. We found the pace of the meal just right. Also whilst the portions are necessarily small we found that after 14 courses the quantity was about right for our tastes
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must in the bucket list!
    mjb1104
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    First, how to find it. The sign is difficult to see especially at night so go slow when you are on that road. When you see the Hinds Head Pub, The Fat Duck should be right before Hinds Head on the right with the wooden door. Go slow on the bend and you will see a small sign on the left "Hinds Head Parking" and Fat Duck customers are allowed to park there. Second, go with an empty stomach and open your mind to a new experience. Third, I also strongly suggest doing the wine pairing since they know best which enhances the flavor of the food. Of the 14 courses, the ones that are memorable are the chicken liver parfait and truffle toast, snail porridge, roast foie gras, mock turtle soup and the sounds of the sea.
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  • Fantastic experience
    Kitten
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A experience of a life time. Really for the serious diner who is looking for something different. Not just taste buds are stimulated but also smell, sight & sound. I've admired chef for years & feel privileged to have enjoyed his dinner
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    Helenia
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to the Fat Duck for my husband's 30th birthday with high expectations, and were not disappointed. The spectacle and flair of the various dishes was as wonderful as expected. The sommelier was very helpful in choosing wine, as we did not want one of the "flights" paired with the meal, just a few glasses, and also gave me a lovely non-alcoholic cocktail! Although the menu features some of Heston's "famous" dishes which have been on TV, like "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" and "Sound of the Sea" I actually preferred some of the others - the foie gras and eggs in verjus were particularly yummy. Not cheap, but we didn't expect it to be. Maybe back for our 40ths?
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Food4thought
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Some challenging mains including snails and raw octopus but fantastically presented, brilliant experience. I found the mains strong flavoured and quite salty but the service was slick and although it took 4 hours to have 14 courses you never waited long for the next plate. Best deserts I have ever tasted.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best 3 Michelin Stars!
    MajK
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have visited all the 3 Michelin starred restaurants in UK! And absolutely The Fat Duck was the BEST!!! Full of creativity and surprises. WOW!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    FrenchSmench
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Unreal. A once in a lifetime experince. Everything was perfectly planned, thoought out and tailored to challenge the senses and change the way the diner thinks about food. Jsut loved it!!!!
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  • Spectacular service & presentation
    Chezza
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We went for my birthday and the service was phenomenal.. Also the food was served and presented amazingly. I think it is an expensive way to try that sort of food however the experience makes it very worth it
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philabi
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    As I presumed. Outstanding service, attention to detail on all courses and waiter/waitresses remarkable. I can understand why Heston wants all his staff to go to Australia. It was my wife's 40th and they did a nice touch to have a signed autogragh of cooks, waiters/ess and head chef on the menu for her to take home.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Duck - Bray
    BerkshireFoodCritic
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    For years we have attempted to book here for Birthdays & Anniversaries to no avail. We settled for an Wednesday afternoon as a compromise and were not disappointed. The Theatre of the experience was amazing and the food was a delight to the taste buds. You do however pay for this experience as all that is available is Heston's tasting menu @ £220 per head .Special compliments to the smallest dish of the day - the Beetroot and Horseradish flavoured delight and to the quality of the service. All in all 4 1/2 hours well spent and another thing ticked off the bucket list.... Would I go again.....possibly ! - all depends what culinary delights he creates in his Laboratory next. - an A la Carte menu would entice me back again sooner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world
    tc00
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Hands down the best dining experience ever. Very hard to fault anything even if I tried.
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  • An experience!
    Mumerello
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    The Fat Duck has to be experienced, the science and theatre is amazing. The service, the welcoming is outstanding. It has to be a special occasion, as it is an extremely expensive night out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs a update
    tonyVIP
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    been here twice now both times enjoyable but the second time not so exciting as you know what to expect, i think the closure and the trip to Aussie will do it good as it may then come back with a new menu, staff great bread great to
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    I would recommend this to a friend.