The Fat Duck Restaurant, Bray, Berkshire
Currently one of only four restaurants in the UK to hold three-Michelin stars and ranked fifth best restaurant in the world, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant is understandably one of the most-sought after places to eat in the country.
Opened by Blumenthal back in 1995, it is really down to the chef’s experimental style of cooking and the numerous awards it has won that means the restaurant is so popular; as a result of this, as in most cases of luxury dining, the reservation process is a complex process.
Prepare to wait for a table at the Fat Duck because of the exclusive reputation the restaurant holds. Reservations can be made up to three months in advance of your desired date and tables are released on the first day of every month, with Spring being the best time of year to make a booking.
Reservations can be made through the Fat Duck website or you may phone the restaurant directly, however only between 11am and 2pm Monday to Friday. The reservation team is made up of only three people, so call times may be up to 40 minutes and credit card details are necessary to complete your booking. The fact the Fat Duck only has thirteen tables gives some indication as to the exclusivity of the restaurant. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, reservations for the weekend are understandably more popular and therefore, if your times and dates are flexible, booking a table during the week will increase your chances of getting one.
The restaurant advises around four hours for your meal as the table is yours for the entire evening and there is no Ã la Carte menu, but rather a tasting menu to choose from which is priced at £180 per person with an average spend of £230-£250.
GC Privé Members can contact us in private for table bookings at Fat Duck.