Can you imagine eating lunch in the birthplace of one of your favourite authors? When we were invited to lunch in the Castle Street birthplace of Kenneth Grahame, we were utterly delighted. Enjoying Wind in the Willows is one of my fondest childhood memories; Mole, Mr Toad, Badger…all characters which feature in the restaurant.
Badger & Co is an elegant, relaxed restaurant location in an Edwardian townhouse in the centre of Edinburgh. While there are nods to Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, fear not, Badger & Co. is by no means a themed restaurant and embodies all things sophisticated.
The interiors are tasteful and warm, while the furniture is striking. I immediately lusted after the chesterfield armchairs. Fortunately, I was shown to one of these beautiful armchairs and soon settled in and was able to admire the menu from the comfort of my delightful corner table. Great care was taken when choosing the interiors of the restaurant, with Tibbatts Abel lending a hand with the design and concept. An impressive mural from the artist Chris Rutherford adorns the wall of the garden terrace downstairs, designed to lift the townhouse into the 21st century and appeal to those who want to enjoy the fine Scottish weather.
The menu, while compact, sounded incredible. With a range of modern takes on classic dishes, from game pie to Ox tongue, the menu certainly resulted in a rumbling tum and a watering mouth. A starter of ox tongue with a horseradish bon-bon was succulent, delicious and although boasted strong flavours, possessed a delicacy that Mr. Toad himself would be proud of.
Badger & Co prides itself on supporting local suppliers and producers, and its changing menu certainly reflects this. We are delighted to welcome such a tasteful restaurant to the often characterless City Centre establishments. With brunch, lunch and dinner menus, there is a multitude of options for a return visit – something that we are certainly looking forward to.
Available Mon-Fri, 12-3pm
2 courses – £10
3 courses – £13
Find them: 32 Castle Street . Edinburgh . EH2 3HT