When you walk into a restaurant & it feels like you’ve walked into a fairytale, you know it’s going to be a good night! Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to try the menu at Badger & Co. Funnily enough; my boyfriend had been there the other week for after work drinks & told me that I HAD to go because of the décor (I’m obsessed with pretty places & this did not disappoint!). This gorgeous Victorian building was home to the author of Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame. The fun and quirky theme runs wild from the moment you step in the door to the woodland styled riverbank beer garden… Even the toilets are cute!
I was super excited to try to the food after a sneaky look at the menu. Badger & Co use local & seasonal produce in an effort to promote sustainability. Badger & Co showcase traditional food with a modern edge. From hearty pies & an impressive grill menu to gnocchi. This menu caters to all palettes & offers some seriously tasty fresh food.
After about 10 minutes of deliberation, I finally decided on the grilled scallops & apple black pudding. The quality and freshness of the scallops was evident from the first bite. Scallops and black pudding is a firm favourite of mine and the introduction of apple into the mix made this a stand out dish. The confit tomato, pepper & spring onion salad emphasised the freshness and lightness of this starter.
Jordan tried the Borders chicken & chorizo croquettes with watercress & roasted garlic & herb aioli. He was definitely impressed with the croquettes! I tried a nibble & the flavours of the chorizo & aioli really shone through as the winners of this dish.
For my main, I ordered the roast rump of lamb with Crispy polenta, calvo nero cabbage & bacon. It was accompanied with confit garlic, tomato & tarragon jus. First of all, you had me at tarragon. Bacon & tarragon is probably one of my favourite culinary combinations. I was very excited to try the lamb & to my delight it was cooked perfectly & the contrast of textures with the polenta was an unusual yet satisfying take on a traditional meal.
I won’t lie, as much as I loved my main course, I was slightly jealous of Jordan’s Borders chicken & mushroom pie. (You can spy it in the background!) The flaky butter puff pastry enclosed a creamy concoction of braised chicken, leeks, wild mushrooms. He had this with the triple cooked beef dripping chips… As far as chips go, these were pretty tasty & I stole a fair few of them!
For dessert I decided to try the mango & lime parfait accompanied with a pineapple & chilli salsa. This desert was packed with citrus flavours and was a great end to the meal. However, this dessert was a little too sweet for me so I didn’t manage to finish the lot! I also spied on the menu the BBQ maple cake with spiced roasted fig & clotted cream, that sounds like a great companion to a morning coffee so I might make my way back to try it!
Value for Money: 8