The Fat Badger is an all-day British drinks and dining concept bringing everything we love about the countryside restaurant to life in London. With a little cheek and lashings of charm, as is true to the Gladwin Brothers style, guests can expect to enjoy the familiarity traditional dishes with a twist from using wild and foraged ingredients to unique takes on classics cooked with flair. The restaurant is named for the UK’s symbol of the British countryside that lives off the ‘fat’ of the land.
Find The Fat Badger on Richmond Hill, just a short walk from the beautiful Richmond Park and riverside as well as evening frequented cinemas.
The menu boasts the spoils of the English countryside and coast served on artisan-made ceramics in a striking black and white dining room to reflect the badger’s distinct look - complete with marble tabletops, oak wood floors and accents of brass and flashes of subtle pink and forest green furnishings. Distinct to the Local & Wild experience, the menu follows the adage of “what grows together, goes together”, pairing sustainably sourced British ingredients and artisanal produce with wine from the Gladwin’s boutique West Sussex vineyard, Nutbourne.
As guests enter the restaurant, they are greeted by a bar area complete with comfortable, plush loungers and tables-for-two encircling a bar proudly presenting fresh AAA Maldon oysters, local charcuterie sliced à la minute on an old-school slicer, house pickles, homemade crackers and a host of British cheeses. While away the early evening hours with a pint of craft lager and small plates like moreish Portland crab crumpets or a stout Welsh Rarebit.
The spacious, well-lit dining room is complimented by large windows overlooking Richmond town and waterside. Oak wood floors, dark leather banquets, artwork by Bridget Gladwin and farm-style bric-à-brac give the interior it’s bucolic charm. Over lunch it is a real hub for the community with a seasonal set menu allowing friends and family to enjoy a casual meal. For dinner the atmospheric eatery comes alive with laughing locals, foodie-destination travellers and cosy couples all enjoying the warm hospitality of their well-versed characterful hosts.
With high-welfare rare breed beef and pork supplied by the Gladwin’s own West Sussex farm, the menu champions British produce with a hyper-seasonal and zero-waste approach. In the main dining room expect flavourful fat fillets of meat and fish cooked on the grill, with game often the star of the show, accompanied by locally sourced fresh vegetables and foraged herbs. Authentically British sharing specials will line the blackboards each evening – whole steamed fish, a signature ‘stargazy’ pie, and of course prime cuts of Sussex Simmental beef from Tomahawk to a buttery Cote de Bouef.