Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous restaurant remains a bucket-list destination for anyone serious about food
There’s no other dining experience quite like a meal at The Fat Duck. Opened by Heston Blumenthal in the quaint village of Bray in 1995, it has won plaudits for its playful, multi-sensory tasting menu and unusual flavour combinations.
Blumenthal’s experimental dishes, such as the famous snail porridge and egg-and-bacon ice cream, have seen the restaurant win three Michelin stars, take the number one spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2005 and draw visitors from across the globe.
Nowadays tables are booked up well in advance, but those lucky enough to score a reservation will be contacted by the restaurant beforehand and given the option to answer questions about themselves – which may result in a few surprises at dinner.
There’s no bar at the Fat Duck, but guests are encouraged to visit Blumenthal’s pub The Hind’s Head up the road for a drink. Though the details of its four-hour set tasting menu may be splashed over Instagram, it’s best to avoid seeking them out beforehand so as not to ruin the surprise. A dedicated ‘storyteller’ will guide each table through the theatrical menu, which explores the tastes, sounds and smells of an imagined day on a childhood seaside holiday.
All this doesn’t come cheap. A visit at The Fat Duck costs £325 per person, before drinks or service charge, but it’s certainly a meal unlike any other.
High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ