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Tables at this iconic restaurant are released several months in advance, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you have a special date in mind. Once you arri...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed 11 December 2020

The Fat Duck is one of the world’s most iconic restaurants and should be visited by all who have a passion for gastronomy, even if it is just once in their lifetime. Though it has been established for 25 years, which doesn’t seem too much...of a long time, the restaurant is certainly an historical one when considering its influence on the gastronomic world, The Fat Duck is up there with El Bulli. During this visit, I ate the Christmas themed “Fable Tree” menu. The food was excellent and executed to a three Michelin starred standard throughout the meal and the service of the evening was also attentive as expected, but also very friendly and welcoming, which is something that’s always great to see. The wine list, unsurprisingly, is also exceptional, with truly great vintages from all countries available. I had a wonderful evening at The Fat Duck and I’m sure I’ll be returning in the not too distant future. On another note, if you are considering making a visit to The Fat Duck, please do ignore all the stupid complaints that certain people are making on here, if anything they’re making themselves look quite silly by finding simply anything to moan and groan about, they’re just miserable grouches. The cocktails at the restaurant I thought wouldn’t be too out of place in the American Bar at The Savoy, as well as other world class bars, there’s not a huge list of cocktails but this is a restaurant, not a cocktail lounge. As for people that complain about seeing the “surprises” of dishes arriving to other tables before their own, it would be impossible to prevent this unless everyone was somehow curtained off, which is quite frankly ridiculous, so do ignore them comments. Some people will find anything to complain about as they think they’re entitled, as if they’re royalty or the Pope, but everyone should just try and enjoy their evening and remember that you’re just eating in a restaurant, a three Michelin starred one, but still a restaurant, it’s not a David Copperfield act. All in all, I couldn’t praise Heston Blumenthal and his great team enough, the people who make it all possible. The Fat Duck will forever go down in history as being one of the world’s true great restaurants and you must visit at least once in your lifetime if you can do so.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 20 November 2020

I can't believe this place has any negative reviews - it was wonderful in every possible way. I guess you really can't please some people. The food was amazing, every bite magical. My mom's not well and is currently on dialysis so I took her...here as a treat. I honestly think it's the best thing she's ever done because she hasn't stopped talking about it for months. As she's a dialysis patient, my mom has a limited fluid allowance and wouldn't be able to drink the amount of fluid in a normal wine pairing, so they let us share a pairing which we appreciated. Heston was in the restaurant and my mom told him she loved the food and he was so humble and grateful for her comment. The manager gave her a menu signed by Heston, which my mom has treasured.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 19 November 2020

We could not have been more disappointed with our visit to the Fat Duck. Some restaurants that are celebrating their 25th anniversary are doing so because they have moved with the times and continue to delight their guests year after year. To us, it felt...like the FD was stuck in the 1990s, when the menu would have felt truly innovative and exciting. It doesn't now. On arrival, we were presented with a 54 page - yes really - iPad drinks list. However as a non-wine drinker I couldn't find the cocktail section that I had been SO looking forward to - somewhere like the FD would have some really wow cocktails, I was sure. No, none at all within the 54 pages. I was left with only the tiny list on the table of 5 options - 3 of which had fortified wines in them! When I asked what they could make (again, thinking surely they would use at least some dry ice or interesting ingredients, or at least a quirky glass - clutching at straws at this point) I was told we were 'a wine restaurant' and was offered a gin & tonic, hardly going to knock anyone's imaginative socks off. Well, there is nothing on the website to indicate the wine focus and surely cocktails are a perfect start point to thrill your guests? I felt instantly ignored and our evening fell as flat as a pancake from the start. We had originally booked for my husband's birthday in March but had moved it to October for my birthday due to lockdown - but they missed this very obvious point, giving him a little card and wishing him happy birthday. A nice thought but again, poorly executed. And we felt we were on a conveyor belt of not-quite surprises. As everyone is on the same tasting menu, you see the dishes going to other tables, so there is little surprise when these then come to you. And we had pre-guessed pretty much everything because nothing felt truly new, fresh or innovative. Dry ice? Tick. A morsel that looks like it will have one flavour but will be the flavour of the morsel next to it? Tick. Something involving sound? Tick. I'm aware this might sound picky but we - in our cramped table rammed under the staircase - felt like we were in Harry Potter's bedroom but without the magic. I'm sure Heston's delights were really exciting back in 1995 but we felt royally fleeced from start to finish. On returning - hugely disappointed - to our hotel, the reception lady asked how our evening was. To which we replied 'very average' - and she said, yes a lot of our guests say that... So I can only assume that we are not the only ones.... A friend went to Le Manoir and said it was well worth the splurge. I wish I'd known that before we wasted £1,000+ on the Duck that feels it just got Fatter at our sad expense.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 9 November 2020

This is a once in a life time experience for many. Luckily I tend to have these experiences often and The Fat Duck is one of my favourite places. The food is always exquisite. I cannot recommend one dish as I love them all, the...freshness and seasonality is key when delivering great food such as this. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 31 October 2020 via mobile

Booked a table for my husbands 30th and my gosh it did not disappoint!.... though we did feel the odd Norfolk couple in the corner (but we are used to that!) The moto of the restaurant QUESTION EVERYTHING do question everything even if it how...to pour the water from the really posh fancy look water jugs 😂 (we don't get out much!!!) But its something off our bucket list! We love Hestons work have watched all his programmes and always wanted to visit the fat duck for the experience and it DEFINITELY didn't disappoint!. The food was mind blowing 🤯 literally! We had the anthology menu celebrating 25yrs of the restaurant so we had an amazing taster of the menu from the past 25 yrs and our favourite meal was the "snail porridge"... I know... snail yes fine but the porridge part! But honestly tasty as! The 1 thing that blew my mind was the "Crab icecream" yep I said it Crab icecream I love crab us Norfolk folk live for Cromer crabs! Can't go to the seaside without a crab! So to have crab icecream 😳... it felt so wrong but amazing at the same time!. Honestly so want to go again! We drank plenty of wine to each complemented the dish we where eating... the staff where amazing especially once they noticed we weren't used to being waited on and having needs met! Our meals out normally consist of the pub just up the road in the small Norfolk village in which we live!. But to anyone reading this from little ole Norfolk and you want to experience this DO IT... go on the site and book your table now! Pictures... Snail porridge and crab ice cream 😳😂❤😍More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 14 October 2020 via mobile

I will agree with several other reviews here, that this is a stripped back version of the former glory days, so if you are returning to the Fat Duck you may want to enjoy the lasting memory you had, and not return until after Covid....It’s a ‘greatest hits’ menu at the moment, so many dishes we had tried before and still as good as first time I.e Sound of the sea, snail porridge. Came across as a clever way to use up previous popular dishes, but fell a bit flat at times. The wine/soft drink flight was a huge £110 which consisted of only 3 alcoholic drinks and a few soft. Was really not worth the money so skip this if you can. Was disappointed to be one of the first few diners in and to be sat right next to another couple who were served everything just before us, so we never had that element of surprise! This could have been avoided so simply by sitting us at the other end of the room. Waitress was so loud introducing the dishes that we couldn’t switch off from hearing all about what we hadn’t yet had. It’s a little detail but one that was frustrating. So ask to move if you arrive early as there were not enough customers at this point to mask the noise. So in conclusion, go if you’ve never been, returnees wait until a brand new menu is launched.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 13 October 2020 via mobile

I have always loved Heston and his philosophy and managed, after months of trying, to obtain a table to celebrate our nuptials... it was a minimoon weekend. We arrived at 12:45pm on the Saturday and were there for nearly four hours of pure culinary and...gastronomic magic. Every morsel was just amazing, wow factor every time. This isn’t just a meal it’s a multi-sensory experience. We counted eleven courses in total (we think) and have sat down with the booklet to reminisce and show family and friends many times. We had the 25th year anniversary version of ‘The Journey’. Many of Heston’s iconic dishes were showcased within the menu and it was just superb. The staff were knowledgable and professional... the first course being poached at the table in liquid nitrogen, eaten in one go from the spoon, and disappears on the tongue before you can swallow it! The restaurant and facilities are cosy and clean. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Fat Duck, but I doubt they need my recommendation... I will be back. Thank you Heston and the team.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 7 October 2020 via mobile

I went here tonight for my wife’s birthday and I’m very sad to say that I was totally underwhelmed with the food and service for a 3 Michelin star restaurant, and I had taken the Covid restrictions into consideration before I arrived. I deliberately kept...away from the “wine pairing” and instead ordered a couple of bottles of wine that we liked but, getting the chance to drink them was a mission in itself as they take the bottles away from the table and then get totally distracted so forget to top you up....The food was no more than average for a one star restaurant so I’m not sure where they got the other two stars from.....If you read other reviews that will say “it’s amazing” and if you believe that, then more fool you.....Heston, I’m very sorry to say this but, you either need to take back control of your restaurant or face the inevitable.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 5 October 2020

Second visit 10 years apart and lovely to re visit some courses we had tried previously. You never know what to expect but I think most people would be aware the food is not going to be "normal fare" and should not be surprised at...unusual flavours etc. Loved the dessert I won't give anything away.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 2 October 2020 via mobile

My husband and I visited the Fat Duck 2 years ago during their Storytime menu and it was the best restaurant/food experience of my life. We've been itching to go back ever since and just after our honeymoon my husband booked another trip, this time...with my parents. There was a stark difference between this visit and the last and I must say I'm really disappointed, having waited 2 years for them to change the menu so we could go back. 60% of the menu was exactly what we'd eaten last time, none of the personal touches were included and there was at least 4 courses less than we enjoyed of which I include the drinks pairing. There didn't seem to be a Sommelier and the drinks menu itself was vastly reduced, including things like the special coffee menu was not there. The coffee experience we had the first time around was exceptional and I will always remember the story that the gentleman told us as he was careful grinding the beans. I'm guessing this is a Covid impact and that there was likely staff on Furlough and I understand that we paid a little less than 2yrs prior but they've stripped back too much in my opinion and I was just expecting more. We were asked a number of times if we were celebrating anything special, which we were, and yet nothing was actually done... If we hadn't been asked I wouldn't have minded but we were and therefore it set an expectation. I don't know if this will put me off going again, the first experience was so good I think this will go down in my memory as just another bad Covid experience, but I just wish they'd done just that bit more. It's still an exceptional amount of money and I just can't right now shake off this feeling of being let down...More

Date of visit: October 2020
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