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★★★☆☆

“not sure what the fuss is about”

Written on: 24/02/2015 by clairewhite909 (1 review written)

kind of agree with the last reviewer who mentioned some catering company (the kudos delivered people) who had dishes better than this place, never heard of them but get what she means in that this is all just cook by numbers nothing special kind of a place. the only thing special is that its got a telly chef owning it (not cooking in it you may notice) what I was wondering at each disappointing mouthful was where was all the wit and invention that he prides his TV preparation on? we had the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Don't feel sick on your 'Fat Duck' day!”

Written on: 05/05/2014 by MagiChen (1 review written)

I made a lunch reservation for two in March 2014. On the 'Fat Duck' day, my friend was very sick and she could not make it to the lunch. To honor the reservation, I had lunch alone in Fat Duck. The service and food were ok. However, just now I realized that I was charged twice. I paid 229 pounds in the restaurant, and there was another charge of 175 pounds on the credit card. I emailed the reservations manager about the wrong billing. This person said the charge was due to reduction of party. I… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Great Meal”

Written on: 28/10/2011 by JonathanRowley (4 reviews written)

What a magnificent small business! I was afraid that on the Saturday night it becomes congested and so unpleasant, yet it wasn't when I went, so I had the delight of being in a position to look around personally and talk pleasantly with my visitors. Your wine list was intriguing and the bar people incredibly informed and warm and friendly. I can't wait to get back there and taste more food or conduct a drinks sampling… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“A one off experience”

Written on: 25/07/2011 by glenc (319 reviews written)

I took the wife to the Fat Duck for her birthday. I was slightly nervous about what I/we'd think of it as Id read reviews about people absolutely hating the food - and we all know its ridiculously expensive. I was very pleasantly surprised though I must say. Its not really like going to a restaurant for a meal, its more like going to the theatre, or maybe more accurately a street entertainers front room, and there happens to be food too. That's not to say that food isn't the main focus, of… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This 'experience' starts the moment you book the table...”

Written on: 20/09/2009 by Prodd (1 review written)

This 'experience' starts the moment you book the table and you take it home with you. It's surreal, exciting and thought provoking; a bit like going to a magic show, though more derren brown than tommy cooper. It invades all your senses and I left feeling more like I had eating the 'wrong' type of mushrooms that a 3 star michele star meal. The sommeliere was faultless with his knowledge and they're are wines to be had at resonable prices - the Italian whites in particular. There were 3 main… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to Prodd's Review

Written on: 15/07/2012

I thought that I was frgaul before taking this class, however it opened my eyes to whole new way of shopping. Almost immediately after taking Mrs Smith's class, I was able to get our grocery essentials for free! Yes, FREE! Before the class, I wouldn't believe someone if they told me this, but I now know it's very possible. I am even stocking up on diapers and wipes for our second daughter who isn't due till December. I don't think I will have to buy even ONE diaper for our new baby. Now that is truly amazing!

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Maryjb1001's Response to Prodd's Review

Written on: 20/02/2015

I have been here twice and loved it first time. seriously down hill the second time. not sure why "celebrity chefs" feel the need to go on TV preaching about "how to do it" only to let themselves down seriously when you go there your self. by contrast my firm had a corporate just last week- some firm called Kudos Delivered turned up and laid on a spread that have foods that you wont ever find at a celeb restaurant. why can the so-called-stars go back to basics and leave the posing alone ?

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Written on: 31/08/2009 by D Tollerfield (1 review written)


Fat Duck experience August 2009. Good points, the food delightful and original. The waiting staff, efficient, repetative and robotic as the same "performance" was delivered to every table in the exact same way. The wine waiter knowledgeable but forgetful as a wine order failed to appear. Other points, broken toilet seat in the gents, a dirty ring was left by plate on the table cloth and the bread started off warm but further servings became colder as the meal progressed.
Only small… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“ I loved The Fat Duck, but not sure I would rush back,...”

Written on: 27/04/2009 by kingofreviews (89 reviews written)

I loved The Fat Duck, but not sure I would rush back, so not sure how I should rate it. We had the tasting menu, and tasting wine menu which meant the bill was astronomical, but coming here was always supposed to be a one-off. The food was extraordinary, but i think it's fair to say that some dishes you wouldn't want a lot of, nor would you want to eat everyday. But go with an open mind and in the anticipation of eating like you have never known it before and you won't be disappointed… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

I visited The Fat Duck at the weekend.. slightly...

Written on: 14/04/2009 by kirsty88 (88 reviews written)

I visited The Fat Duck at the weekend.. slightly apprehensive after it's recent closure i have to say, but all fears were quickly laid to rest. The venue itself is a blink and you'll miss it cottage type building on Bray High Street. From the outside it looks closed, inside however is lovely, calm, and smells fantastic!

We went for the tasting menu (you have to) yes it's hugely expensive (so much so that it's best not to think about it) but it's the experience you are there for.

So followed

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★★★★★

“We accept human creativity and ingenuity, the pushing...”

Written on: 12/04/2009 by vkempe (1 review written)

We accept human creativity and ingenuity, the pushing of boundaries, in the auditory and visual domain when enjoying music and visual arts. Heston Blumenthal is doing the same with respect to our much neglected senses of taste and smell. To me, he is a cultural innovator who shows us the richness of what our noses and palates are able to perceive and enjoy. The Fat Duck was a truly memorable and educational experience… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Food was interesting at The Fat Duck and sometimes...”

Written on: 22/01/2009

Food was interesting at The Fat Duck and sometimes exciting. Dining room and decor at the The Fat Duck was rather ordinary and a little crowded. First three choices of wine not in stock. Eventually drank their recommendation which was ordinary. Service of the British mock-servility style rather than the professional continental style. Everything should be tried once except morris dancing, otherwise prefer other, better, places with fewer stars… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“i think that the resturant is one of the most...”

Written on: 13/01/2009

i think that the resturant is one of the most delicious places i have ever eaten. The food, the service and the even the people!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I feel that anybody who rates the Fat Duck anything...”

Written on: 29/11/2008

I feel that anybody who rates the Fat Duck anything less than a 10 has clearly not eaten there (or has no taste buds). I visited 12 months ago with my girlfriend and despite spending nearly £550 it was worth every penny.

The most amazing experience I can remember! Calm and comfortable, plenty of space, excellent waiting staff who are extremely courteous whist not being overbearing (most of whom had an excellent sense of humour). The food is out of this world and it is really more of an… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The waiting staff and attention to detail at The Fat...”

Written on: 10/11/2008 by ijefferies (1 review written)

The waiting staff and attention to detail at The Fat Duck were amazing.
The food apart from being top draw was fun and imaginative.
I will certainly be returning… Read Full Review

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☆☆☆☆☆

“I found the majority of the food was verging on...”

Written on: 15/08/2008

I found the majority of the food was verging on inedible for me - a lot of gelatinous courses. Bizarrely, the snail porridge was the highlight for me. Can imagine all the food critics saying how wonderful it is because they don't want to appear ignorant (which I clearly am!)

If you like modern art, you'll probably like the tasting menu at the fat duck. Suspect you either love it or hate it. I'm clearly a luddite, but I thought it was a ridiculous price to pay for a moderate chemistry… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Just amazing. The night we went, Heston was in the...”

Written on: 19/06/2008 by swisst123 (1 review written)

Just amazing. The night we went, Heston was in the kitchen and he is a genius. Such un expected flavours and combinations, which will challenge the way you look and eat food. This is avant garde culinary theatre! Truly amazing flavours and wonderful service and presentation. And even though at first glance the menu is expensive, you actually get more than you are expecting with little 'amuse bouche' dishes thrown in to keep things interesting. Every mouthful is to be savoured. This is an… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“ground breaking I didn t eat but toured the lab and...”

Written on: 11/04/2008 by d pritchard (3 reviews written)

ground breaking I didn t eat but toured the lab and tried the petit fores which were out of this world. not everything will hit the mark for everybody but the flavour… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Average price per head is '£250”

Written on: 13/02/2008

Average price per head is '£250… Read Full Review

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Sazon's Comment

Written on: 04/02/2009

I found this review unhelpful because... There is very little about the actual restaurant and nothing that demonstrate the reviewer has actually been to the restaurant.

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“I would love to be able to write a review, but have...”

Written on: 24/01/2008

I would love to be able to write a review, but have spent 3 weeks trying to get through to them on the phone because of their policies only take reservations between 10-1 and 2-5 - always engaged and you can only book 2 months in advance! Have yet to book a table as when you do get through they have nothing available! Its great that they are always busy and that Heston's business is flying, but not great for the public who would love to appreciate his food and are not able to!… Read Full Review

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Sazon's Comment

Written on: 04/02/2009

I found this review unhelpful because... How can you review something of which you have no experience? How does the ability to obtain a booking effect the quality of the food?

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