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Re: The Fat Duck & Fine Dining Thread
« Reply #1320 on: October 11, 2021, 10:40:02 am »
I love hearing about this kind of stuff. Mad this is all happening while everyday people are reading about food shortages for basic food items.

Can't wait for Jay Rayner does a proper review for the Guardian.

Salt Bae’s new restaurant has £11 Red Bulls and £630 steaks on the menu - and the internet is stunned

Sharing a receipt from dinner at the restaurant on its opening night, a Twitter user by the name of Jamz shared the eye-watering bill which included a giant tomahawk steak worth £630 and Red Bulls at £11 a pop.



https://www.indy100.com/viral/salt-bae-nusr-et-knightsbridge-prices-b1928276

One of the Twitter responses.


Obscene prices. I've spent silly amounts before but £80 for coffee & £100 for a burger is bad enough.

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Re: The Fat Duck & Fine Dining Thread
« Reply #1321 on: November 12, 2021, 08:51:19 am »
Off to The Whitebrook in Monmouthshire next weekend. Meal booked for the Saturday night, couple of walks on the Saturday and Sunday. Maybe a visit out to Ross-on-Wye.

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Re: The Fat Duck & Fine Dining Thread
« Reply #1322 on: February 17, 2022, 09:31:51 pm »
Has anyone been to the Fat Duck recently. Obviously the cost is somewhat different now Heston has three stars.

Whats the best way to get a reservation? Looks like you can scramble for a table for 4. But unfortunately nothing for two

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Re: The Fat Duck & Fine Dining Thread
« Reply #1323 on: May 1, 2022, 06:33:37 am »
Just got back from a recent trip back to Dublin and London. Couldn't get anywhere near a place at Aimsir in Dublin so decided to take a punt Variety Jones and it did not disappoint. Small 26 seater with a 6 course set menu for 75E. Fantastic food and an amazing team in the kitchen and out front.

Also managed to squeeze in the Social Eating House (Soho) & Kerridge's Bar & Grill (Corinthia London) which were both superb which was to be expected considering the price and reputation.
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Re: The Fat Duck & Fine Dining Thread
« Reply #1324 on: June 23, 2022, 11:14:17 am »
Off to The Whitebrook in Monmouthshire next weekend. Meal booked for the Saturday night, couple of walks on the Saturday and Sunday. Maybe a visit out to Ross-on-Wye.

Forgot to give an update to this. Was very disappointed with the experience.

First issue was being completely unable to get a taxi to the restaurant from the centre of Monmouth. Not their fault, it seems that at the time we visited there was a chronic shortage of taxis in the area. I ended up driving there with the intention of getting the restaurant to book us a taxi for the way home. I'd leave the car in the car park and we'd wander over the next day to collect it.

We arrive around 5 minutes late due to the issue with the taxis and are told that we missed our sitting time and will have to get a drink at the bar and wait for the next sitting to start at 8:30. Not the end of the world.

I explain the issue and ask the Front of House to book us a taxi for around 3 hours time. He says no problem.

About an hour in, and after a couple of glasses of wine, I ask how the taxi situation is looking. "I'm sorry Sir, I have other guests to attend to so I am not going to be able to call to book you a taxi". I was fucking livid to be honest. Told him he could have had the courtesy of letting me know as I would have tempered my alcohol consumption accordingly. Switched to water straight away.

Food was largely mediocre, no knockout dishes (I literally can't remember a single one) and wine had very few afforable options. It's one of my biggest annoyances with nice restaurants if their wine starts at £50 upwards. Feels like you're being fleeced.

End of the night I drive home after two small glasses of wine. I asked him to remove the 12.5% service charge off the bill and left no tip.

Off to Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, just outside of Ripon, next week for our wedding anniversary. Looking forward to it. I've pre-booked taxis in both directions ;)
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Re: The Fat Duck & Fine Dining Thread
« Reply #1325 on: July 4, 2022, 09:41:10 am »
Off to Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, just outside of Ripon, next week for our wedding anniversary.

What a fantastic experience this was.

First of all, the location is utterly fabulous. We caught a taxi from Ripon (about £15 each way) and approached Grantley Hall, following the beautiful winding drive next to a little river right to the front of the building which is quite simply magnificent. Supercars lined up outside the front of the 18th century building which has been renovated to a superb standard with beautifully manicured grounds.



We arrived early to grab a drink first and went to their Pan-Asian bar/restaurant called EightyEight. For those who've visited Tattu in Manchester, it's a similar vibe; dark room with dashes of neon colour. The main bar was booked for a private function so we headed downstairs to an equally nice space where we had a couple of cocktails from their signature menu. Both were great and a good way to start.

We then wandered back over to the main Hall and took our seats in the restaurant. Little touches here stood out - small table offered to the wife for her to store her handbag, pillow support offered to her as the seats were deep and you could get lost in them, questions about allergies and any preferences to adapt the menu and so on.

The wine list was perhaps a little pricey - we got a bottle of Txakolina (about £50) and then a Vinho Verde (about £40), both of which had a hefty markup applied to what you can pick them up for from a local wine shop/supermarket but they were at the cheaper end of the menu and we knew we'd like them.

I won't go into the food in detail but it was a near 100% hit. Some of the dishes had main stars including langoustine, lamb, turbot, kohlrabi, caviar, celeriac and beetroot. The bread and butter course in itself was a masterpiece - gorgeous crunchy sourdough slices served with whipped butter, compund butter and (my favourite) whipped beef dripping and bone marrow.

The only miss for me was a kohlrabi dish which had an element of raw kohlrabi - a bit too crunchy and vegetal for my liking.

Here's a snapshot of the dishes:



We headed through to the Norton Bar for our petit fours and to finish the wine. Lovely place to relax at the end of a hefty meal:



All in all, I can't recommend this place highly enough. I know that spending a lot of money on a meal isn't for everyone and it is all very poncey but compared to some of the prices charged nowadays by Moor Hall, L'Enclume, Ynishir etc., I thought £130 a head was very reasonable.

If you're thinking of celebrating a special occasion with a special meal, this is the one I'd recommend at the moment all things considered.