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Hall of Fame “Food as entertainment – unsurpassable”, sums up readers’ reaction to Heston Blumenthal’s expensively refurbished three-Michelin-starred wonderland. Talking of expense, prospective diners currently have to shell out £275 up front for a chance to sample the 17-course extravaganza (and that‘s before fabulous wine pairings are factored into the package). In return, the lucky ones are whisked away on an imagined day out, the perfect childhood holiday trip with “incredibly well-trained staff” acting as grown-up guides. The menu is more like an itinerary, a timetable that actually begins ‘the day before we go’ and ends with ’bedtime’ – all accompanied by props, jokes and theatrical wizardry. In between, ‘breakfast time’ comes complete with fun-pack cereal boxes, ‘if you go down to the woods’ involves a mushroom truffle ‘log’ with beetroot, blackcurrant jelly, lovage purée and other zany additions, while ‘counting sheep’ sees a meringue resting on a pillow floating above the table thanks to magnetic levitation. You’ll also be treated to the original ‘sound of the sea’ and some equally stunning dishes retrieved from the restaurant’s archives (a perfect cube containing glossy coq au vin with red wine mayo and a crunchy chicken’s foot, for example). It’s not only “a truly mesmerising experience, but also terrific fun”. Of course, such an immersive, multisensory holiday fantasy always produces extreme reactions: one diner thought it was as “mad as a box of frogs”; another came away “feeling quite wondrous” – either way, it’s a must-do, once-in-a-lifetime trip. 



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The Fat Duck

1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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Terrific culinary fun!

by   gold reviewer (47)

Apr 2017

I would describe an evening at the Fat Duck as a unique and exceptional experience with food rather than a delicious dinner at a 3 Michelin star restaurant. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning on going so I won’t go into too much detail. But it’s not just about food and taste. There’s a lot of personalisation to the meal. You receive correspondence prior to your visit asking you questions about your party which are woven in to your visit. You can take things away with you that aren’t...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

May 2014

Lunch at the Fat Duck may have been the most expensive meal of my life, but it was without a shadow of a doubt the best and I'd encourage anyone and everyone to go given half a chance because only the most incredibly jaded person wouldn't love it. You have to smile when presented with what looks a like a pocket watch, when you swirl it in a clear teapot like a teabag only to see edible gold flake off and it turn into a beautiful beef consomme, when you then pour it out into a clear teacup which contains...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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The Fat Duck

1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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You will NEVER forget your 'Fat Duck' experience

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Nov 2013

This is the most amazing food experience I have ever had! I will never ever forget the way we all ooh'd and ahh'd at every dish. I am a very fussy eater most of the time but this was like a firework party for the mouth & stomach, absolutely delicious. This amazing mouth party will linger in my loving memores forever, if only I were rich!

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 10

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The Fat Duck

1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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by   platinum reviewer (107)

Feb 2013

Editor's pick So much is already said about this place so let me sum up my views as follows (1) with all the hype around molecular cuisine just go there an enjoy the faboulous food and overall experience which is outstanding (2) yes there is a lot of theatre around the dishes but it does add to the experience so go for the show (that's what it is) and enjoy (3) my only real critisism (and I admit only because I had the priviligue of having been there 3 times already) is the rather static nature of the menue without...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 4

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1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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Jul 2012

I was very lucky to be taken for a birthday treat to the Fat Duck a few weeks ago … And I think my taste buds are still bursting !! Wow yes in my opinion it's been well worth the blood sweat and tears to actually get a booking here. I felt like a lottery winner when the booking was finally confirmed… And yes its been an experience that I will never forget and a special evening indeed. The restaurant is surprisingly small but this adds to the attentive service you receive. As our first glass of wine...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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Mar 2011

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Editor's pick A meal at the Fat Duck is certainly a unique experience. The attention to detail is unbelievable, the atmosphere unassuming, cosy and intimate and the food, for the most part, delicious. The meal is expensive, and sets an expectation that it doesn't really achieve. Over and above the quality of the food and service (on par with many top restaurants), what you are paying a premium for is Heston's creativity (every dish is truly original) and his brand. Heston certainly gets top marks for his business...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 4

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1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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by   platinum reviewer (65)

Jan 2011

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

A unique experience, not for everyone…even if everyone could afford it, four hours and thirteen courses is an experience wasted on anyone who isn't seriously into every aspect of dining out. The service is a wonderful performance as well as being very attentive. The atmostphere is as relaxed as fourty odd people in one room all about to drop a minimum of £250 a head, short on jokes big on appreciative/awe struck noises. There are too many nice touches to mention, the attention to detail staggering. Do...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 1

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1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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Mar 2010

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Went to The Fat Duck for a special occasion having eaten in many Bib Gourmand and Michelin starred restaurants in France and England. We were expecting great things from a 3 starred restaurant and were sadly a little disappointed. It certainly is an experience and the theatre of the service was fantastic. However, once the gimmicks were removed, the quality of the food didn't actually live up to the hype (The Mad Hatter's tea party was such an example) and some of the restaurants we have eaten in...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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The Fat Duck

1 High Street, Bray ,Maidenhead SL6 2AQ

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by   gold reviewer (32)

Jan 2010

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

I think when diners feel that they 'don't get' the Fat Duck, it is because they expect to have a proper meal here rather than a culinary experience, which in my opinion this restaurant offers. The previous reviewer tries to compare her diner experience at the Fat Duck with eating at Gastro-pubs, Indian and English restaurants – that's just silly! Some might enter a famous restaurant already having established that it's all a joke without having even tasted anything yet. One will not find generous...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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    vialaporte :: Restaurant Review: The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire // vialaporte

    Acclaimed, but sometimes disliked for his gimmicky approach, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck is known in the UK as the most famous restaurant in the world. Strangely, connoisseurs from outside of the UK will know less about it, confirming that the restaurant holds a special place in the UK’s culinary psyche.

    However, the Fat Duck does not allow the diner any choices. There is one tasting menu, one experience….4 hours 30 min at £200+ per head by the time you add in drinks and service. While the concept may be as sharply set-out as a Peter Jackson movie, there is no room for error with the scenario...
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Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

Former debt collector and karate black belt Heston Blumenthal has enjoyed an unpredictable career that’s taken him from Bray to Australia, from poster boy of ‘molecular gastronomy’ to the face of a national supermarket chain. The self-taught chef’s best known venture remains The Fat Duck (on sabbatical in Melbourne until autumn 2015), with Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hot on its heels; he is also behind The Crown and Hind's Head in Bray, as well as the Perfectionists’ Café at Heathrow.

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Essential Details for The Fat Duck

  • Address: 1 High Street, Bray, Maidenhead SL6 2AQ
  • Telephone: 01628 580333
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  • Opening Times: Tues-Sat 12N-2pm 7-9pm
  • Cuisine: French British
  • Area: Berkshire
  • Price: £275
  • Wine: £50
  • Champagne: £65.00
  • Dinner: £275 (17 courses)

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