Stacie on the Road:- “The Fat Duck...” 

I know guys this post is far too late really and should have been posted a week ago but you know things happen, I've been poorly and basically just a bit lazy I'll admit. 

Right so where to begin? Well we all know I've been trying to do and accomplish as many things as I can and on my list of things to do was "The Fat Duck." The Fat Duck is Heston Bulmenthals restaurant located in the lovely Berkshire and is more of a dining experience than just a meal at a restaurant. The reason it's more a bucket list type of event is firstly the price at £275 per person so it's a lot of money for what is essentially a meal but it's also a bucket list type event because for me it really is only something you do specially. Heston's restaurant only sits 42 people so very intimate and is always booked a year or more in advance so I really never thought I'd be able to actually get in and experience it. My amazing human however managed to sweet talk his way in and fortunately they were able to fit us in and gave us two date options and we decided November 3rd worked out perfectly as it was the day before we were to head off to Holland. 

In the lead up to going we had communication with the restaurant and they had questions about us and things we liked and generally just little bits about us which we later found out was essential to the meal and the journey we were about to partake within The Fat Duck.

The Fat Duck is located in a little village and it's all very quiet and cute and Mark and I actually had trouble locating the actual restaurant as it's very well blended in with it's surroundings, extremely inconspicuous and felt a little bit like heading into a secret place and it continued to feel that way when you stepped through the door, all four walls were mirrored and you couldn't see a restaurant at all just a person waiting for your arrival, it all felt a little mysterious. They slide the back wall aside and you were greeted by a small chatter of people and a cosy room, it all looked lovely. 

I think I could walk you through each and every course but that would make this blog about a billion hours long or at least the 4 hours it took to eat it all LOL so a summary is what you shall receive. I'm going to preface this with a confession, I am a fussy eater... Now there will be those reading this going "What?! Then why the hell would you want to go to Hestons?" and I will tell you why people; because I wanted the experience it's something that looked so fantastic and ultimately I thought I could potentially expand my culinary horizons and try new things and maybe even find things I enjoy. It really was all about the fun and the ultimate and overall experience for me and it was something different for us to do. Expensive... yes! But for me I thought it was going to be worth it and I really think it was!  

The courses, there was 16! Yes 16! The first being for me a mojito puff ball that was nitrated and was actually lovely and really was a wonderful palate cleanser so I thought "Oh Yay, I might actually like some of this stuff!" but then the next was a beetroot and horseradish ball of nothing that tasted icky so my initial hopes were dashed quite swiftly lol. We had dishes that literally tasted of the Sea with music to listen to. Breakfast where you didn't have to choose between a cooked breakfast or cereal and with this came boxes with games and things to assemble. We had tea that was both hot and cold and made my mouth feel weird, continuous fish just a lot of fish. By course 7 both Mark and I were craving meat! Where the hell was our meat?! We got a forestry of mushrooms which was a bit like meat and is the first time in my life that I've actually eaten mushrooms willingly and then I discovered bugs and that put me right off lol. We did finally get Duck though and that was lovely!!! The most disgusting thing I ate though was a crab ice-cream even Mark didn't like it, it really was horrendous. Throughout this though we were presented with a postcard from our recent adventure to Snowdon, a little handmade booklet which told us their favourite afternoon tea spots in the UK, I got to find a Unicorn within the forest and at the very end they presented me with my very own homemade McDonalds strawberry sundae and it was amazing! 

They really try to involve you on the journey the whole meal, you have your own story teller and all the little magical elements to it to make the meal interactive and fun and even though I liked very little of the food I knew what I was letting myself in for and what I was going for and I did myself proud and actually tried EVERYTHING! I made sure I tried absolutely everything and that is something that never happens. Finally though I had the famous snail porridge and guys it really was actually GOOD snails don't taste bad! I would have eaten it all but unfortunately one of the snails I ate had a bit of grit in it (as if you missed a bit off a potato when cleaning it) and that just reminded me what I was eating and from that point it was just in brain then. 

I personally think it's something worth going to do but I do understand that it's a lot of money for an experience and especially if you aren't into that type of food but if you can and have that type of spare cash then go for it because it really is a one time thing. It was a great day to have before we headed to Holland....

As always, thank-you for reading and chat soon