The Fat Duck
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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.
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 7pm- 9pm (last orders)
The journey from London Paddington to Maidenhead takes 40-50 minutes. The Fat Duck is a five-minute taxi ride from the station.
Outstanding in every way - food, drinks, service in relaxed setting
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!
an extremely unique experience not something you are not likely to repeat, a wonderful night.
Inspired. Thank you very much.
This is not a place for "dinner". Rather, it is an exquisite place for a cutting edge dining experience that taps into more senses than just the taste buds. Extraordinary.
Although the meal was extremely pricey, we viewed it as a dinning experience with a show. On a short unexpected trip to the UK from Canada, my son suggested this restaurant, being one of the most premiere restaurants in the world, and we were astonished that there was room for two in late December! How could we pass this up, especially given that is was set to close in just a few days and relocate to Melbourne Australia. The dishes were out of this world, with very special ingredients. I was afraid of the snail porridge, but fear was conquered and it was fine. The hot and iced tea was quite nice. An the egg, wow!
Definitely a must try once in your life time.
Very disappointed with the food. Lacked flavour. All similar textures, nothing was hot. Salmon and scallops all cold in the middle. Some courses were unpleasant. Very disappointed that out of the 14 courses only one was meat. Staff appeared bored with describing the dishes (apart from the scrabbled eggs girl). Hungry when left.
If you like to be surprised while eating this is the place. An amazing journey/ experience at a dinning table like I never had before. Extraordinary, Exquisite, fabulous way to spend your day
had a lovely time returning to the fat duck...a little surprised to see the menu had not changed very much since my last visit 4 years ago. To be truly critical I would say there are too many seafood/fish dishes. The server could have given a bit more of an explanation to the dishes as last time our waiter gave us a very in depth story to the food which truly enhanced the experience. I would suggest the menu completely change every year/2 years I would be hesitant to return without a brand new menu..
Despite this small criticisms..if this is your first visit then it would of course be magical!
We started at midday and wasn't aware we were there practically the whole afternoon. I loved seeing all the meals on TV. It was a lovely experience
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!
I have never had a more delicious meal nor a more whimsical one. The Fat Duck is magical.
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!
Like a good vacation. An experience where you smile at the thought of it. Though it isn't a place I'd frequent it is definitely worth a visit.
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!
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.
Outstanding food and dining experience. It is the best food I have ever tasted and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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.
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!
Overall, an incredible experience. Can highly recommend. Staff and service were impeccable and the food was out of this world!
...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!
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
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.
The 4.5 hour lunch or dinner (yes, it really did take that time) was an once-in-a-lifetime theatrical dining delight!
The restaurant itself is really comfortable (may of course be different after the re-vamp in 2015) – well spaced tables, lovely ambiance, very relaxed feel. The “restrooms” are up (steep) stairs and are perfectly fine.
The staff are perfectly attentive – there when you need them, invisible otherwise.
The food was “interesting”, some courses great, others more style over substance. The menu “surprises” were spoilt a bit given that they have been seen many times on foodie TV but it was still fun to see the dishes arriving at the table next to you knowing that you were next!
Was I blown away with the food? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes, most of it. I appreciated the flavours but some of it was not to my (no doubt uneducated) palate. However, on one course, we mentioned that the Whisky wine gums were sequenced in a suggested eating order that we both agreed was not the way we would have eaten them as some of the stronger tastes were suggested before some of the more nuanced flavours. We were then offered another board of the same gums (which I declined) to have another go which my friend appreciated.
We were also impressed by the takeaways offered, such as a wax-sealed copy of the menu and a sweetie bag.
Did I appreciate the experience? Absolutely. Would I go again? No – great, once in a lifetime experience which I would recommend but at £750 for two for lunch (2 menus, 2 glasses of champagne, 2 bottles of the cheaper wine + service) not something we can afford too often …
Go for the experience when it re-opens ad enjoy!
Be aware that the two main pubs in Bray (The Hinds Head and The Crown) are owned by Heston – the former is expensive, the latter a bit more pub-like and marginally cheaper.
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.
Amazing food, fantastic service, outrageously expensive, but strangely worth it!
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.
A truly wonderful experience with very attentive staff and food that will absolutely amaze you.