Alkerton Road, Eastington, GL10 3AT
Cosy, colourful, and full of character, the charming Old Badger Inn, located just six miles outside of Stroud in the idyllic little village of Eastington, Gloucestershire, is the perfect example of a beautiful, British country pub. Known locally for its warm welcome, convivial atmosphere, ever-changing range of cask ales, and impressive food offering, come rain or shine, there are no finer establishments in the area to visit if you want to enjoy a pint or two with your mates or stuff your faces with some comforting and hearty pub grub.
With its traditionally furnished interiors featuring taxidermy woodland critters, vintage posters adorning the walls, and roaring fireplaces, and a large, family-friendly garden area ideal for al fresco dining, if you’re planning a trip to Gloucestershire this summer, there’s no excuse not to bring your two-legged and four-legged friends to the Old Badger Inn to delight in British pub dining done right.
Recently introducing a brand new menu complete with popular pub classics and a range of treats from across the globe, there’s never been a better time to visit. Whether it’s the pub’s BBQ ribs that make you salivate or you swoon over the pan-fried seabass with crushed new potatoes, kale and lemon and herb sauce, there are more than enough tempting options on the new menu to keep you and your entire family happy throughout the summer.
Highlights from the new menu include the enticing Thai Fishcakes, served with mixed leaf and coriander chilli dressing that packs a real punch, the popular half Peri chicken accompanied by chard baby Gem lettuce and salsa, and the mixed vegetable quesadilla served with a mixed leaf salad, lime sour cream, and guacamole, that guarantees the veggies amongst you won’t have to suffer through another pub’s upsetting attempt at “vegetarian-friendly” dishes.
Vegetarians will also love the sweet potato and chickpea veggie burger served in a sesame seeded brioche bun with slaw and skin-on fries, while meat-eaters won’t need to be too envious while devouring the menu’s enticing homemade gourmet beef burger topped with cheddar and bacon or Mexicana cheese and jalapenos. If you’re after something a little more traditional, the beer-battered fish and chips with hand-cut chips, homemade tartare sauce, lemon wedge, watercress and pea puree never fails to disappoint.
Along with the new dishes on the main menu, there’s plenty more on the plate to dig into at the Old Badger. Boasting a lunch menu that includes the likes of chicken and streaky bacon club sandwiches and smoked salmon and crème fraiche ciabatta, a kid’s menu that features ‘build your own’ fajitas, and sharing plates perfect for socialising like their nachos or hot cheese board comprising of mini breaded Brie, baked Camembert, and Mozzarella sticks served with warm bread, chutney, and apple and carrot, the Old Badger Inn’s food offering goes above and beyond what you’d expect from your typical country pub. This is evident in the pub’s Friday tapas menu, which includes the likes of salt and pepper squid, crayfish popcorn, vegetable and bean chilli, cheddar and chive potato balls, crispy duck salad and rump steak in a brandy and peppercorn sauce.
When we visited the Old Badger Inn, we were delighted with our meal and agreed to return to sample more dishes in the future. Read our review of the Old Badger Inn here – https://www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk/england/south-west/stroud/eastington/old-badger-inn
For more on the Old Badger or to view their brand new menu in full, visit their website – https://www.oldbadgerinn.co.uk/food/