A wee while ago when Badger and Co first opened, everyone went, but I assumed it was a cocktail bar and therefore not for me since it’s super hard for me to go out at night on account of sleeping kidlets. But then I was offered a chance to review it and discovered that not only is it a restaurant, but also a restaurant with a kids menu! So I decided to take the boys to try it out. When you have kids you so often find yourself eating in chain restaurants like Pizza Express and Wagamama when in town, so it’s nice to have some options (we do have our independent favourites in other areas, but we’re not round Princes Street often enough to have any).
The house that Badger and Co is was the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows, and hence it’s all Wind in the Willows themed. The vibe is sort of vintage gentleman’s club with modern details. There’s tons of cool badger prints, and a little outdoor garden with a big mural with all the characters, which we snuck into (I’m guessing it’s mainly for cocktails in the evening) and the boys loved it!
This is what happens when you attempt a selfie with the big camera which I can hardly hold up with one hand and definitely not aim correctly, clearly!
Photo by Milo. He can hold the camera allbyhimself now!
The staff were super nice, and definitely good at dealing with kids, so didn’t feel out of place at all although we were the only family in. The food is a mix of British pub type food and more restauranty meals,I often use A.O Seafood for my fresh fish delivery but this time we decided to go for something different. Dave had the game pie, with a side of triple fried beef dripping chips.
I liked the sound of the vegetable pie but I thought that in the interest of reviewing, I should try one of the main courses, so I went with the sea bass with cauliflower cous cous, samphire, saffron potatoes and grapefruit alioli. The potatoes could have done with a smidge longer cooking time, but everything else was so delicious.
The kids meals are massive, but then ours are still wee, so you would expect them not to manage it all. Milo had spaghetti and meatballs, which surprised me because he usually always goes for sausages if available, he could live off them!
Ellis had the fish fingers, failed to get a picture before Dave cut into them.
The kids meals also came with a pudding, but everyone was getting a bit restless so we left and dropped in at Bada Budan for coffee and doughnuts and train watching afterwards.
Price wise, I would say Badger and Co is towards the high end of the normal range for this sort of stuff. The game pie is £12.5, the seabass £15.5, the veggie pie a tenner, which all seems fine, although the side of chips is £3.5, which maybe a bit steep given the size, but nothing out of the ordinary. The starters are £6-8, although I can’t comment on them as we didn’t have any. Unfortunately I didn’t take an note of how much the kids meals are!
But overall, I think this is a fun wee place to go after shopping in town and would definitely go back!
Finishing off with this week’s Project 52 photos, Milo doing his usual crazy ‘cheese’ face, and Ellis drawing, which he loves. Milo at that age wasn’t bothered at all.
Disclosure: we ate for free in exchange for an honest review