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The Fat Duck
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Today 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
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High St Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ United Kingdom
High StreetGBWest BerkshireBraySL6 2AQ
+44 1628 580333thefatduck.co.uk
££££British Restaurant, BarToday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pmWednesday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pmThursday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pmFriday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pmSaturday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pmSunday Closed
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Heston Blumenthal's renowned temple to innovative Modern British cuisine, with a fixed-price menu.- Google
"Bacon and eggs ice cream was the best dessert iv ever had."
"Fantastic! Mock Turtle Soup rocks."
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Cindy Bolf
7 months ago
If it was possible to give more than 5 stars, this would get beyond 5 stars. This meal was more than amazing food. It was a sensory experience that included smells, sounds, tastes, and textures that you wouldn't imagine otherwise. A few of the plates told a story like the Jelly of Quail, Crayfish Cream and Mad Hatter's Tea Party. My favorite plates were Jelly of Quail, Crayfish Cream, Hot and Ice Tea (it is literally hot and cold tea), Macerated Strawberries, and Botrytis Cinerea. The service was amazing too. We had a really sweet guy from Poland serving us and also a guy from Hungry, who prepared the Nitro Aperitif. They were particularly nice and friendly and answered all our questions about the dishes and how they were made. No one was pretentious at all and I felt really comfortable about the whole experience. We even got a chance to look into their kitchen, which was surprisingly small considering the amazing and beautiful dishes that come out of it. Attire: Surprisingly, no dress code. The experience is not very formal at all and the staff was very welcoming and accommodating in all ways. If you want to take all the pictures, you totally can and they don't frown upon it at all. Reservations: You have to be ready with credit card in hand to book your reservation online via OpenTable. They open reservations at 10am UK time and they go fast. I was able to make my reservation after my 3rd 2am night/early morning. Also, you have to book the day that they start taking reservations for that day. They start taking reservations 6 weeks in advance so plan in advance if you are traveling to London. Getting there: From London, we took the train to Maidenhead. From the train station, we took a short cab ride there that cost £6. In sum, go and pay the money for it. It's all worth it and it's amazing.
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Lou Hunnebeck
a year ago
We were coming to London from the US for something else, but have always wanted to try the Fat Duck, so we felt fortunate to score lunch reservations for this past Thursday. Not being the "foodie" in the family, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't really enjoy some of the more out-there courses, but I need not have worried. The food was an ever-changing delight, playing with texture, presentation, scent and even sound. As more of a meat lover than a fish fetishist, they were kind enough to substitute one salmon course on the menu for a melt-in-your-mouth pork belly dish - amazing! But better even than the food (really?!) was the staff. They seemed instantly capable of adapting their service style to the guests' attitudes, being more formal with some guests and more relaxed with others. I was concerned that I might be under-dressed, but I felt completely at home at all times. The staff worked together as a well-oiled machine, despite the cramped service quarters (they really need the refit), always at hand when you needed them, but never hovering or intrusive. All in all, it was incredibly satisfying to have a long-anticipated experience live up to the expectations we had developed. This was, hands down, the most I have ever spent on a meal, so if it hadn't lived up to the dream, I would have been really disappointed. Tasty and terrific - what a relief! They will open The Fat Duck in Melbourne in early February 2015, while the Bray location is renovated, so if you find yourself on that side of the planet, be sure to stop in. And when they get back to their refurbished nest, give the duck a big welcome home!
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Suzanne Seyghal Buckingham
a year ago
After the build up of years of fantastic reviews and TV coverage, we were thrilled that The Fat Duck lived up to the fanfare. Having been nervous that we might feel out of place, the wonderful staff (15 cooks & 15 waiters to 40 guests) ensured we were made to feel thoroughly welcome from the moment we arrived, with lovely little touches to make our anniversary lunch all the more magical. The food was incredible and the whole 4.5hr feast fantastically fun - what a relief that Heston never listened to anyone insisting you shouldn't play with your food! There's no denying that this isn't ever going to be described as a 'cheap' experience but, as a one-off treat and considering the incredible attention to detail (and months of preparatory work behind every dish), we felt it was definitely worth it for us.
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Alberto Giannetto
a year ago
A rollercoaster ride, with every course messing about with common sensorial experiences, and creating an expectation that is always surpassed and that prepares for the next one, consistently fulfilled with bewilderment. The accompanying wines were also otherworldly and the service was, not unexpectedly, simply perfect. Price tag is hefty but, to my amazement, afterwards I couldn't help thinking that it was worth to the last penny. What an afternoon that was!
jo peret
7 months ago
Foie Gras means diseased liver = from ducks force fed food thru' tubes to their stomachs, resulting in their livers becoming painfully engrossed.Hester supports this suffering.
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Stephen Duke
a year ago
I chose the Fat Duck as the venue to celebrate with clients, because of its reputation and culinary wow factor. For my guests it lived up to all expectations. The food and service where all one could hope for. Sadly a party at another table were not particularly considerate, delivering peculiar noises throughout the evening. It might have been nice for a staff member to request a little decorum. Difficult, but better one annoyed guest than a room casting annoyed glances. My only other comment is that, other than for entertaining, this is not a must to revisit. The menu was all but identical to my last visit two years ago.
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Angela Lau
a year ago
Went here for lunch as an extra early celebration of a special occasion. We have watched Heston on TV, heard so much from friends and family and was super keen to go to The Fat Duck - dating back to more than three years! We finally made it after a friend posted on Facebook that The Fat Duck will be relocating to Melbourne (Aus) for six months. We didn't want to miss out in case they decide to take The Fat Duck all around the world and not come back anytime soon... So we somehow got a very last minute mid week reservation! The Universe always helps you when you know what you want eh? As a vegetarian going with a full omnivore, we got the vegetarian menu and the original menu. Word of caution to other vegetarians, they do warn you that gelatine is used in some of the dessert courses at the beginning. Personally I was relatively OK with that because well - I know I sound like a hypocrite, but I really didn't want to miss out on any course that I am already going to pay for (literally and figuratively)! So if you are strict, be very clear when making your reservation! Anyway - as a vegetarian, I don't feel at all like I missed out (i felt really ripped off at Noma's residency at Claridges - but not on every dish). There were 14 courses and many came with a suggested wine. As I am doing DryApril and I don't drink wine, we started with a glass of rose champagne - but I really shouldn't have on an empty stomach, went straight to my head. Although the restaurant was at full capacity, you can't really hear the conversation next to you if you are not trying to hear them. I don't want to spoil the experience for ppl who haven't been, so I will just say, it's at times theatrical, but mainly, it's a gastronomic experience best reserved for a special occasion or for the hard core foodie - as it ain't cheap! Desserts are outstanding. Note - they will be closed for 6 months (while in Melb) to completely refurb the kitchen (extension). The dining area will also be reduced. So if you want to try the original menu, what the bloody hell are you waiting for? Otherwise, wait - and the new kitchen should enable them to extend their repertoire.
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Peter Curtis
a year ago
Not somewhere I could or would go to every week but what a magnificent example of what is possible with food both visually, texturally and more importantly taste wise. Simply some of the most stunning food dishes and ideas I have ever come across. I have wanted to visit for some time and we had the tasting menu at lunch and it was an afternoon of magical culinary revelations. Everyone who loves food must visit The Fat Duck at least once!