The Fat Badger Richmond

Brasserie, British·
££££
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Bronze Award
London, TW10 6UQ ·Website ·Call020 3743 0853

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Bronze Award

Richmond is known for many things – including its astronomical house prices and the fact that local resident David Attenborough once described it as his ‘favourite place on earth’ – but its dining scene, not so much. Sustainable restaurant and bar The Fat Badger, then, feels like exactly the sort of hospitality venture it needs.  

Set up by The Gladwin Brothers (who already own four London restaurants) and designed to evoke the rusticity of the British countryside, The Fat Badger’s approach to cooking feels reassuringly up to date. Sourcing many of its foraged ingredients from their own family farm and serving English wines (again, from their own Nutbourne Vineyard in West Sussex), these guys have their finger on the pulse when it comes to sustainable and seasonal cooking. The décor nods to the outdoorsy-ness of its ethos, too, with oak floors, dark green tones and artisan ceramic crockery. 

The menu makes for an exciting read and we struggled to narrow down our choices. What we were sure about though, were the three words ‘Mushroom Marmite Eclairs’ which were little more than two bites of umami richness in a sweet choux bun and topped with confit egg yolk. For main course, sticky spatchcock partridge, barley and ground elder pesto was earthy and wholesome, but the real talking point is the selection of sides. We recommend a bowl of the golden nugget-like salt-baked potatoes, and the shaved brussels sprouts, which are speckled with candied walnuts and parmesan crisps. To finish, a salted caramel chocolate torte. We couldn’t quite taste the caramel, but no matter, for brandy-soaked grapes and a dollop of clotted cream were all the dish really needed.  

Finally, do order one of the Nutbourne wines, not least because it was made a short drive up the road and it’s nice to support a local vineyard. The cosy bar, with its plush loungers and tables for two, is a wonderful place to enjoy a glass – and maybe one of those eclairs...

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Brasserie, British
Ambience
Cosy
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options

About The Fat Badger Richmond

The Fat Badger is an all-day sustainable restaurant and bar on Richmond Hill in South West London. The restaurant was set up by Gladwin brother’s Richard and Oliver (who already lay claim to four other restaurants) and is named for the UK’s symbol of the British countryside that lives off the ‘fat’ of the land. It’s also a nod to the brothers’ country roots, having grown up on a West Sussex vineyard. As a result, the menu features familiar brasserie-style dishes with a focus on using foraged ingredients that hail from the British countryside. 

The interiors serve as an extension of its all-natural ethos, with floor to ceiling windows that let in plenty of light, oak floors and pink and green furnishings while all food is served on artisan ceramics. There are a wealth of menus to choose from including a la carte, weekend brunch, Sunday roast and a special Badger bar menu. The former features small plates, starters, mains and puds. Kick off with innovative ideas such as mushroom marmite eclairs or pumpkin carpaccio with charred pickled red onions and almond gazpacho. For mains, think sticky spatchcock partridge, barley, sweetcorn and ground elder pesto or Dorset lamb saddle with mint gel, heritage carrot salsa and charcoal cream. Puddings are classic and comforting with a salted caramel chocolate torte, brandy-soaked grapes and clotted cream.  

Or take a seat at the Badger bar where diners can choose from a selection of nibbles, oysters, charcuterie and cheese as well as sourdough toasties to tide you over. Complete with comfortable, plush loungers and tables-for-two encircling a copper top bar, it’s a wonderful spot to while away an evening. The drinks menu offers plenty of signature cocktails, beers and ciders from local, independent breweries, best of British spirits and a collection of Nutbourne wines (from Gladwins’ own West Sussex Vineyard).  

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15-17 Hill Rise Richmond , London, TW10 6UQ

020 3743 0853

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Opening Times

All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-23:30
Thu 12:00-23:30
Fri 12:00-23:30
Sat 10:00-23:30
Sun 10:00-20:30

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