Badger & Co have a new menu! It’s been a while since we visited and I was pleased to discover that not much has changed – and that’s a good thing.
We started with some bread, charcuterie, and something that sounded deliciously moreish – ‘chicken butter’. It wasn’t overwhelmingly chickeny but I did like the lemon flavour that was coming through with the bread (was the chicken roasted with lemon I wonder?).
We all treated ourselves to a cocktail. I had the El Presidente of Toad Hall which was a twist on a pina colada (my current mini addiction). Erin and Alex had two of the alcohol free creations, Fruits of the Fields (a driver friendly daiquiri), and Forest Floor Fizz (a twist on the Gin Rickey).
I started with the Hand Dived Scallops which were cooked just how I liked them (well caramelised for me, please) and nicely presented inside their shell with roast cauliflower and Stornoway black pudding. Alex had Pigeon Lollipop & Co, a pigeon breast with a deep fried game bon bon served with a celeriac remoulade.
Erin chose the best of the starters – Braised Beef Shin Sausage Roll – this was served with mushroom ketchup and bone marrow. We eat out a lot (thanks to Foodinburgh!) and this is a dish that felt fresh and a bit different to all the other usual starters out there.
Onto the mains and we all had fish in one form or another. Starting on the left, Erin had her favourite – North Sea Haddock & Chips – it was a large portion and she didn’t quite finish, but it was a good effort.
I had Surf & Turf – a Tri Tip Sirloin which I’ve never had before and Garlic Butter Langoustines. The steak was nice, in the shape of a fillet but definitely more sirloin in texture and flavour.
Alex had North Sea Hake & Lango which was served with one of my favourite vegetables, samphire. A good option if you want something a bit lighter, though it was still a good portion.
There’s a twenty minute wait if you want the Black Forest Souffle – order a coffee and wait, you won’t regret it. The cherry sorbet with it is ridiculously good too.
Alex ordered the Toffee Apple Pie, he was a bit disappointed as he was expecting something more traditional with flaky pastry, the flavours were good though.
Badger & Co was every bit as good as last time, the new menu does not disappoint and I love the laid back atmosphere and big armchairs – somewhere you can really kick back, relax, and enjoy good food and a cocktail!