The Fat Duck reopened on 29 September after a complete refurb' and with a new £255 pp menu.
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“The Fat Duck is to food what Cirque du Soleil is to circuses – a wonderful, and unique, experience”. And in spite of the terrifying prices, it is striking how satisfied most reporters are with its “pure theatre and pure gastronomic experience”. For much of this year, this world-famous converted pub has been closed for a complete overhaul, and in September 2015 it re-opened promising ‘a nostalgic trip full of playful memories, filled with curiosity, discovery and adventure’ (for which you have to buy your ticket up-front!) We’re looking forward to hearing what this means in next year’s survey, but – despite the absence of snail porridge and egg-and-bacon ice cream from the new menu, and the addition of a new £150,000, Willy Wonka-esque roving sweet dispenser – our rating is a bet that it will turn out a case of ‘plus ça change’.
“The gastronomic equivalent of Cirque du Soleil” – this world-famous pub-conversion offers a “fun experiment on your tastebuds” most reporters find “everything it’s billed to be”; prices are “absurd”, though, and sceptics say “this may have been cutting edge 10 years ago, but every other restaurant does it nowadays”.
“The most memorable meal ever!” – Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous HQ delivers a “brilliantly choreographed” experience, featuring his wilfully bonkers culinary inventions (“you really feel you’ve fallen down that rabbit hole”); nowadays, however, prices are at risk of seeming “seriously excessive” (especially as the interior is “very plain”).
The Fat Duck Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Experience that everyone should visit!"
High St, Bray, SL6 2AQ
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lunch noon - 1.45 pm, dinner 7 pm - 9 pm
Last orders: 9 pm