The Fat Duck | Heston Blumenthal

Type:Michelin Star

High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ

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About

From its home in the village of Bray, Berkshire, The Fat Duck is a culinary institution known the world over. It was one of the fastest restaurants to ascend to three Michelin Star status and voted Best Restaurant in the world’s 50 Best.

Founded by Heston Blumenthal in 1995, this converted coaching inn is where the trailblazing chef and his team have forged unrivalled reputations for experimentation, imagination and, above all, originality. Since its inception, it has shaken up the way the dining industry approaches food as a whole, evolving to become one of the most creative and well-known restaurants in the world.

Heston and his team, have long been engaged in channelling and developing the boundary-breaking vision in the delivery of iconic, thought-provoking dishes like Snail Porridge and Sound of the Sea.

A visit to the Fat Duck is an adventure full of unexpected flavour, pairings, playful innovation and unique culinary creations. Guests are taken on a gloriously gastronomic journey into mouth, mind and memory, an exploration of human sensory interconnections, driven by Heston’s longstanding notion that one should ‘Question Everything’.

Here, tasting menus allows diners to explore their own relationship with food, and to find out how far their mind, memories and emotions determine their appreciation and enjoyment. The precision and playfulness in the concept of each dish extends to every detail. In the world of Heston Blumenthal, nothing goes untried nor unquestioned.

Heston Blumenthal

Internationally famous for his award-winning, 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Fat Duck, in Berkshire, Heston Blumenthal is considered to be one of the best and most original and influential chefs of his generation. Completely self-taught, he has pioneered multisensory cooking and constantly pushed the boundaries of cuisine, changing the way people cook and think about eating.

Heston has received an honorary Master of Science from Bristol University and honorary doctorates from Reading and the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which chose him as one of its ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’.  In 2006 he was awarded an O.B.E. by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to British gastronomy.

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Facilities

Catering

  • Cater for vegetarians - We will contact you after booking to discuss requirements
  • Food High Grading
  • Licensed
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for - We will contact you after booking to discuss requirements
  • Vegans catered for
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)

Establishment Features

  • Air conditioning throughout
  • Booking required
  • Chef
  • Cloakroom
  • Exclusive hire of restaurant
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Local Produce
  • Number of covers - 42
  • Number of people seated - 42
  • Open all year round
  • Prior Booking Recommended - Prior booking only
  • Wine Selection

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Railway station within 5 miles

Payment Methods

  • Delta

Provider Preferences

  • Unique venue

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Service
      5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Food
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      1843
    • Very Good
      228
    • Average
      93
    • Poor
      68
    • Terrible
      64

    Recent Reviews:

    • Andy L
      Horsham, United Kingdom
      Third visit, first time for Christmas menu. Magnificent.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 3rd May 2024
      It was our third visit to The Fat Duck and the experience was, as ever, exceptional. It was the first time we had been there for the Christmas menu. Even by the standards of the Fat Duck, the lunch... Read full review
    • Reeldor
      Westerham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Laughable rubbish
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th May 2024
      What an outdated pile of pretentious rubbish playing on Hestons name. We arrived at 7:30 looking forward to some fantastic food. By 9:30 the only course that was remotely pleasant to eat was the... Read full review
    • GlobaltravellerG
      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Unforgettable
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 19th May 2024
      A few of the dishes served as part of The Sensorium, having seen so much of Heston on TV, seemed very familiar. This just added to the experience. The service was quite possibly the best I can... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    From London and the West Take the M4 motorway and leave at junction 8/9. At the roundabout take the exit to Maidenhead Central. At the next roundabout, take the exit to Bray and Windsor (A308). Continue for half a mile and turn left at the sign to Bray (B3028). After entering the village continue past the bottleneck and The Fat Duck can be found on the right-hand side just before The Hind's Head.

    From The M40 Leave the motorway at junction 4. At the roundabout take the exit to Maidenhead (A404M/ M4) and follow the dual carriage way to the M4 roundabout. Take the first left exit, signposted Maidenhead Central. At the next roundabout, take the exit to Bray and Windsor (A308). Continue for half a mile and turn left at the sign to Bray (B3028). After entering the village continue past the bottleneck and The Fat Duck can be found on the right-hand side just before The Hind's Head.

    Parking Parking is available in The Hind's 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 Fat Duck is in a residential area and therefore we kindly ask that our guests respect our neighbours by leaving quietly. If you have arranged to be collected we ask that the driver of the vehicle switches off the engine whilst waiting.

     

    Public Transport Directions

    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.

    If you have arranged to be collected by taxi we ask that the driver of the vehicle switches off the engine whilst waiting.

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
    DayTimes
    Tuesday - Sunday12:00
    19:00

    * We are open for lunch from 12pm and for dinner from 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday; the restaurant is closed all day on Sunday and Monday.

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