I cannot believe it’s been over 4 months since we visited Badger & Co for the first time. We went along to check this new popular venue on the launch night in April. You can read our review of the opening night here. This time we decided to check their Sunday Lunch offering.
Badger & Co is located right in the heart of Edinburgh, just off George Street, and there’s something very charming about the location and building itself. In the old days, it used to be home to an author of Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, before the team have transformed Grahame’s birthplace into a charming bar and eatery serving up craft drinks and a seasonal menu. The 1908 children’s novel related the adventures of Mr Toad, Mr Badger, Ratty and Vole.
Since then I was dying to try full portions of the menu we sampled on the launch night. We have visited all of the Signature Pubs venues and I have to admit that the food is always very tasty, so we could not expect Badger & Co to be any different.
The casual feel of Badger & Co makes it the perfect place for any occasion. You can bring your friends for pre-night out cocktails and snacks, or take your family for a lovely Sunday Lunch. You can also hire discretely located spacious private dining room below the bar, where you can play pool, use it as a private cinema or host your party.
When we walked in, we were warmly welcomed by the manager and front of house, who showed us to our table. I quickly browsed the Sunday Lunch menu, but I knew that the Sunday Roast would be a real treat. We were recommended the Chicken and Leek Pie by the member of staff and it turned out to be a great choice!
The lunch menu features a mixture of retro pies, pates, homemade soup, croquettes, locally sourced grilled meat and fish. There is plenty on Badger’s menu to excite any appetite! Generally, the menu at Badger & Co is focused on homemade delicious pies and the rest of the menu is quite seasonal.
Borders Chicken & Leek Pie: Braised Chicken, Leeks & Tarragon Cream, Sauce, Butter Puff Pastry £9
Badger & Co is known for its commitment to providing amazing food with great provenance, sourced locally from local trusted producers. Another great fact is, they try to keep waste to a minimum and use while cooking as much of the animal as possible, creating sustainable ‘nose to tail’ dishes.
I did not have to wait long for my Sunday Roast treat. It arrived deliciously pink with Yorkshire Puddings, Beef Fat Roast Potatoes, Braised Heritage Carrots, Buttered Spring Greens and Red Wine Jus. I love the fact that you know where your meat comes from and who supplied it, my 35 Day aged rump came from Nisbet Farm, Kelso, supplied by Shaws of Lauder.
Sunday Roast £15 Roast Rump of Beef : 35 Day aged rump, from Nisbet Farm, Kelso, Supplied by Shaws of Lauder
served pink with Yorkshite Puddings, Beef Fat Roast Potatoes, Braised Heritage Carrost, Butterred Spring Green and Red Wine Jus
Definitely one of the best Sunday Roasts I’ve had in a long time and they are certainly not shy with their portions.
The beef was really tasty, tender, and well seasoned. The beef fat roast potatoes were golden and perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the inside, just the way they should be. The carrots were lovely, although personally I would prefer to have more carrots and parsnips with my roast. It was a lovely addition to have the buttered spring greens accompanying the roast. The red wine jus came in a little silver jug, and it was delicious. Not too thick, not too runny and with a good, deep, rich flavour to it.
I was very full after my Sunday Roast but Andy convinced me to try some desserts.
Andy went for the Chocolate Orange Cheesecake with Blood Orange Syrup, and I was really intrigued by the sound of Banoffee Crumble with Candied Walnuts and Nutmeg Cream.
Chocolate Orange Cheesecake with Blood Orange Syrup £6
I managed to get a bite of Andy’s cheesecake, which was deliciously creamy and intensely flavoured. Blood Orange Syrup added a lovely citrusy zest to the dessert.
My Banoffee Crumble was absolutely to die for! The combinations of creamy bananas, toffee filling and candied walnuts is one that is praised by the gods themselves. You have to try it when you visit Badger & Co.
Banoffee Crumble with Candied Walnuts & Nutmeg Cream £6
Badger & Co is definitely not a type restaurant with white tablecloths and silver service, that’s not what they’re about. It’s casual, relaxed, all-day dining, that everybody will find easily something familiar on the menu.
Badger and Co is also an excellent value for money – Starters £5-£7.50, Mains £8.50-£16.50, Desserts £6-£8, so I am planning to come back and try their dinner menu soon.
Open from 8am until late at night, Badger & Co is proven to quickly become a favourite haunt for Edinburgh locals looking for something a little bit different. We were pleased with the quality of food and also the service – very welcoming and accommodating. Overall, Badger & Co is an excellent place not just only for Sunday lunch.
Badger & Co, 32 Castle Street, Edinburgh