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“Much better than I expected”

The Dog & Badger Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Medmenham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$58
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Dog and Badger reopened in July 2015 as a free house after an extensive refurbishment over 18 months. The original building has been restored to retain its charm and a new Oak framed space has been added to house the main bar and the new state-of-the art open kitchen with its wood-fired oven and charcoal grill. The 60 seat restaurant serves seasonal contemporary dishes all prepared with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The kitchen has its own large vegetable and herb garden at the back of Gillman's Cottage. Breakfast is served from 8am to midday with bar snacks and meals including many pub favourites available in the bar and snug areas from 11am through until 10pm. A beautiful terrace has been added for alfresco drinking and dining. The private dining suite accommodates up to 14 for business meetings or a private lunch or dinner and 30 for a less formal occasion. The adjacent Gillman's Cottage has 6 luxury bedrooms all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. We very much look forward to welcoming you to The Dog and Badger!
Reviewed 18 January 2018

We had lunch here today with two friends and were generally very impressed. It was our first visit since the pub was refurbished a few years ago. I had been put off visiting by reports of high prices and a pretentious approach but realised when we arrived that the place has been under new management since last year and is now offering good food at realistic prices. We were slightly taken aback on arrival by a total lack of any staff in the reception area but apart from that oversight service was friendly and efficient. I had whitebait, pork belly with broccoli tips, mash and crackling followed by a very generous portion of Stilton (priced at £5.95). My wife had fish pie and shared a portion of ice cream. The total bill for my wife and myself including a glass of wine and a half of Rebellion was £55 which I thought was reasonable.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Oakman I, Manager at The Dog & Badger Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Hi Michael P,

Thank you for the lovely review, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,
The Dog & Badger Team

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

This was a great restaurant but unfortunately the new owners haven’t maintained it and although the staff were attentive, polite and very nice, they were out of their depth.

Cocktails were limited to the menu, and when we asked for a wine recommendation, it was hilarious. Upon clarifying starter choices, the answer was “white”.

It was a great restaurant, but now it’s a chain pub. Not unpleasant in anyway, just a shame.

Date of visit: January 2018
3  Thank Phil S
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Oakman I, Manager at The Dog & Badger Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Hi Phil S,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry that you feel we have gone downhill; we are certainly not classed as a chain. We are now owned and managed by Oakman Inns, an award-winning group with exceptionally strong core values focusing on quality and sustainability. Whilst we appreciate your comments regarding the politeness of our team, please be aware that we do have a number of new team members in training so we can only apologise if their knowledge is not quite up to scratch yet. We promise that on your next visit we will be much better prepared; we also hope you enjoyed the food? You haven't said.

Kind Regards,
The Dog & Badger Team

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We stayed here for a few nights while visiting from Texas and had a truly outstanding stay. The rooms are thought out to the very last detail from incredibly comfortable beds to an amazing steam shower.

We ate at the attached pub multiple times for breakfast and dinner and every single meal was the best food we experienced in England throughout our entire stay.

The staff was above and beyond friendly and attentive even though we were probably one of their needier guests being from Texas with lots of questions.

We stayed at a few "high end" hotels throughout the rest of our stay yet none of them compared to The Dog & Badger. We kept on saying that we wished we could have brought it along with us for our whole vacation.

Absolutely stay here if you have the chance! I know that we will be back again.

Date of visit: January 2018
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1  Thank Kelly V
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Oakman I, Manager at The Dog & Badger Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Hi Kelly V,

Thank you for the wonderful review, we're so glad you had such a great stay with us and in the UK in general. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Kind Regards,
The Dog & Badger Team

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Great selection for all 7 of our group, even for our gluten free/vegan member. Lovely atmosphere and decor, with friendly helpful staff. We;re already discussing when we can go again. Parking also was easy and the whole place felt clean and welcoming.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Oakman I, Manager at The Dog & Badger Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Hi caspernfg,

Thank you for the lovely review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind Regards,
The Dog & Badger Team

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

We arrived earlier than the advised check in time - the staff went to great lengths to have our room made ready for us while we had a coffee. Our room (Angelica) was a lovely room with a lovely modern bathroom; the shower was amazing. It was lovely and quiet with nearby walks along the Thames. The breakfasts were cooked to perfection as were the evening meals. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we were made to feel incredibly welcome; they told us they wanted us to feel as comfortable and relaxed as if we were in our own home. We would definitely recommend The Dog & Badger and we would definitely stay there again. Our thanks go to all the staff who gave us a very pleasant and enjoyable stay.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Oakman I, Manager at The Dog & Badger Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Hi Janie0401,

Thank you for the lovely review, we're so pleased you had such an enjoyable stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Kind Regards,
The Dog & Badger Team

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