Badger & Co has become a regular haunt for us at Every Edinburgh, with it always creeping on to our list of go-tos for spontaneous dinner plans with friends. With its laidback cosy atmosphere in the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows, you’re instantly at home and at ease. Indeed, with its Wind in the Willows themed quirks scattered all over the building, it brings a bit of magic to Edinburgh’s dining scene. The separate bar area is also a great place to either spend your full evening savouring their cocktail selection or await your table, meaning no awkward queueing in the doorway. In fact, we arrived a little earlier than we’d reserved, so we spent the time drinking wine and chatting away. When our table was ready, we popped through to the main restaurant to take our seats and make the tough decision of what to have…
With its Wind in the Willows themed quirks scattered all over the building, it brings a bit of magic to Edinburgh’s dining scene.
To start, we opted for both the pressed beef shin and pancetta, and the scallops and black pudding. Both were absolutely wonderful, and warmed our bellies on a chilly winter evening… we’re just salivating thinking about it now! For our mains, we went for the Scottish game pie and the trout with lemongrass, chilli and ginger marinade, both with the triple cooked chips to accompany. Now, Badger & Co are well known for their pies, and this one was no different. One of the biggest disappointments is a pie with barely any filling, but their pies are always filled to the brim and mighty tasty. The trout, too, was perfectly marinated and the spice-loving Gillian was a big fan. On to the piece de resistance – dessert. This time, we went for the creme brulee and the mango parfait with pineapple and chilli salsa. Full marks for both, despite being so full by the time we got to them… but, there’s always room for dessert, right?
We’ll certainly be back to Badger & Co to introduce friends and family to their crowd-pleasing menu. Their current festive offering even involves a Christmas turkey pie – yum!
Badger & Co
32 Castle St, Edinburgh, EH2 3HT
Best for: Dinner with friends or Friday night cocktails