Lonely Planet review
The Fat Duck is the baby of self-taught chef, Heston Blumenthal, and regularly tops various polls of the best restaurants in the world, so eating here is an experience to be cherished, even despite a brief closure in 2009 following a mystery outbreak of illness among diners there (nothing amiss was found with the food). Blumenthal’s fascination with the science of taste means menus include incredible (and sometimes insane) combinations, experimenting with nitrogen (in nitro-green tea and lime mousse) and bizarre taste combinations such as sardine on toast sorbet, oysters and passionfruit, salmon poached with liquorice and smoked bacon and egg ice cream. It’s all delicious and mind-boggling, and the atmosphere is refreshingly relaxed. You will need to book up to two months ahead, and can do so only by phone – email reservations are not accepted.