Heston Blumenthal’s world famous Fat Duck restaurant will close for two weeks after multiple team members tested positive for coronavirus.

The eaterie, in the village of Bray in Berkshire, is understood to be the first three Michelin-starred restaurant in the country to be affected.

It comes just a few months after it reopened following the lockdown and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

I was serving some of Heston’s most memorable concoctions over the past two and a half decades, including snail porridge and crab ice cream.

Contacting people who were due to dine this week, the restaurant’s reservations team said: « As we all know only too well, coronavirus pandemic is extremely difficult to control and stop spreading.

« Unfortunately, we have now been affected, in the past few days, a number of employees have returned positive tests, which has resulted in them self-isolating at home.

« Therefore, we have decided to close the restaurant as of October 14 for the self-isolation period.

« 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. »


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