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About 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.
Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2pm (last orders)
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 7pm- 9pm (last orders)
£41 and over
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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.
The journey from London Paddington to Maidenhead takes 40-50 minutes. The Fat Duck is a five-minute taxi ride from the station.
The Fat Duck Ratings and Reviews
The Fat Duck is truly an exceptional dining experience. More than just an outstanding high end meal, I'd say it's more akin to going on a sensory journey. It's obviously not for every pocket, but if you can afford to splurge for a special occasion I recommend you visit it if only once in your life. You won't regret it.
Quite simply the BEST dining experience ever, from start to finish this is just not a normal meal, its a theatrical dining experience on a whole new level. 14 courses over approx 4hrs will not leave you disappointed! Looking forward to going back once it re opens in September 2015!
I had, of course, heard and read about the fat duck before our visit, but it certainly lived up to every expectation I had. Surprisingly, my non-foodie friends also loved it, and were inspired beyond what i thought possible. If you have the ability and opportunity to experience the Fat Duck, do it!
The Fat Duck is without a shadow of a doubt the best restaurant in the world.
Eating here is the most amazing experience: the food, the theatre of it, the nicest staff, the amazing wine pairing ... the whole dining experience from the emails you get sent before and after come together to make the perfect meal.
As a vegetarian I was particularly impressed with how they took the time and thought to make my dishes have the same flavour profile as the main menu meaning that I was taken on the same journey as my partner.
All of this would be meaningless if the food didn't taste amazing!! Seriously, some of the best food I have ever eaten.
The wine pairings took the meal to another level and was some of the best thought out pairings I have ever had, both complimenting and enhancing the taste of the food.
This is the second time I have eaten here, and this was even better then the first. Dishes were refined and perfected even more.
I love this restaurant and think that this is a dictionary definition of what hospitality and restaurants should all be about.
When I got the booking for the Fat Duck it was an amazing feeling of excitement and I couldn't believe it. 3 months is a long time to wait but it is definitely worth the wait and when we got there we were welcomed by lovely staff and just felt so comfortable. The whole night was an experience that I will never forget and an amazing adventure of food that was just WOW! Thanks Heston for sharing that wonderful experience with us showing us that it was more than just food! Would definitely love to go again, but don't know if my wallet would like that kind of money coming out of it :)
well it lives up to all the hype. The restaurant décor and ambience is modest - but boy the food is out of this world, the service is faultless and dish after dish brings another culinary treat looking like an artistic masterpiece and delivered with a touch of theatre. Of course it costs as much as a weekend in the Med, but we knew that and were never disappointed. Well done Heston, we'll come back when you've been to Oz and rebuilt the kitchen.
My family and I visited the Fat Duck to celebrate two milestone birthdays; my wife's 50th and my son's 18th. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience as we enjoyed a fantastic meal with exemplary service. The restaurant was full as expected, but this added to an intimate yet informal atmosphere quite in keeping with the conversations that such spectacular food generated around each table. All of the front of house staff were courteous and enthusiastic (certainly not over-formal as is sometimes noted on Trip Advisor), but special mention must go to the Italian lady who served our wine. She had such a passion for the wines and her explanations did have a very positive effect on how much we enjoyed the wines we selected. At the end of the meal, we were presented with menus customised as "Happy Birthday" cards and they had been signed by all of the staff, including Jonny Lake whom we met outside the door as we arrived though we resisted the temptation to ask for a group photo!. Once again, thanks to all the staff at The Fat Duck for a memorable afternoon; we will be back!
We came here while on a short break after our wedding and have always wanted to visit the fat duck. The experience and food did not disappoint. We were made to feel very welcome by all staff. The whole experience was excellent and we will definitely be returning.
This is a once in a life-time food experience. It is made up of 75% gastronomy and 25% theatre. Enjoyed the whole 4.5 hour experience. The snail porridge, though not sounding tempting, was the best tasting course. The most interesting item was the hot and cold iced-tea.... a weird but fascinating sensation. The wines were however way over-priced.
it wasn't easy to get a reservation but it was worth the wait - and the one hour drive from Central London.
The combination of flavor, presentation and service is outstanding but the creativity is astonishing.. I've eaten at other "world's best restaurants" but I think this will go down as my number one.
If you're a foodie - then add Fat Duck to your bucket list
Well, the Fat Duck has been on my wish list for a long time......and for a good reason! Excellent food, fun experience at times, very attentive staff and excellent wines to accompany the different culinary highlights!
I would definitely recommend the Fut Duck!
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.
This was an exceptional dinner that we spent nearly 4 hours enjoying! The bill was very pricey but we felt it was definitely worth it. Each dish was impressive and quirky. The wine was matched perfectly. My wife and I left with a big smile on our face and we would highly recommend it for any one, especially couples!
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!
...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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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