Heston Blumenthal's posh Fat Duck restaurant forced to shut after staff test positive for Covid

HESTON Blumenthal's posh Fat Duck restaurant has been forced to shut after staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The three Michelin star Berkshire venue reportedly turned away bookings at the last minute, with one eager diner claiming he was told at the door last night.

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They told the Sun: "We booked our meal months ago because it’s my wife’s birthday.

"We arrived tonight and the general manager stood outside and they said due to an outbreak of Covid [they had closed].

“They told us that they had been trying to contact us today but we’ve had no messages, no missed calls, no voicemails no nothing.

“Don’t get me wrong if they’ve had an outbreak of Covid there’s nothing they could have done."

The couple have been left £500 quid out of pocket after putting down a deposit to eat at the famous restaurant fronted by Blumenthal.

They were told the restaurant would be in contact about rebooking, with the would-be diner adding: "And then we had to eat in their other restaurant which cost £300 so effectively we paid £800 to have a pub dinner."

He said the £255-per-head restaurant staff were very apologetic, but he and his wife were thoroughly disappointed.

The source said if they had been told earlier in the day they could have made cheaper alternative arrangements.


He lamented: “Because they get booked up so quickly we cant see ourselves getting another booking now until after Christmas.

“We went on a week’s staycation and this whole week was booked around going to this dinner. My wife was just very disappointed.”

The Fat Duck had only reopened on August 15 after closing in line with the national lockdown.

An email sent out from the restaurant confirmed staff had tested positive for the virus, with the decision made to close the restaurant from October 14 for the self-isolation period.

The reservation team added: "At The Fat Duck we pride ourselves on providing the very best experience but more important is the wellbeing of our staff and guests which always comes first. 

"We have made this proactive decision which we hope will act as a circuit-breaker and ensure Covid-19 doesn't spread to our other staff and future guests.

"We want to be in front of the situation so we are working closely with the relevant organisations and local authorities and will continue to monitor the situation during this time."

The Sun Online has approached The Fat Duck for comment.

The restaurant headed by the famous chef has been awarded three Michelin stars, restaurant of the year, Best Restaurant in the World and Best Restaurant in the UK.


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