The Dog & Badger
The Dog & Badger has been serving delicious food to locals and its many visitors in the charming village of Medmenham since the 16th century. Many of the original features of this Grade II listed building have been retained in the attractive dining area. The well-stocked bar and snug provide a contemporary, cosy place to meet and relax at any time of the day over a drink or light snack with friends, or perhaps after exploring the nearby Thames walks with the dog in tow. Outside, the grounds have been thoughtfully landscaped to create a pretty garden and a delightful terrace – perfect for having a drink or dining al fresco on warmer days – as well as a sizeable car park for those travelling from afar.
Freshly prepared food is served throughout the day with a focus on quality, freshness and sustainability. The menu changes seasonally and features imaginative dishes with a distinctly Mediterranean feel. The addition of a charcoal Josper grill allows the chefs to smoke, slow-cook and roast the most delicious and tender meats, fish and vegetables to perfection. A good range of vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, as well as a children’s menu, all with plenty of exciting flavour combinations. Always keen to display their skills, chefs whip up tempting daily specials and serve unbeatable traditional Sunday roasts from noon.
A popular addition to the menu offers diners the opportunity to personalise their own Mediterranean-style salad. Simply choose a Caesar, Greek, superfood or baby spinach and avocado base and add charcoal-grilled lamb, salmon, chicken or creamy burrata cheese. For flavours of the southern Mediterranean, try the grilled ras el hanout-marinated leg of lamb. Those looking for a little home comfort can sample the likes of fresh, homemade fish pie with Loch Duart salmon, prawns and cod, or the popular 12-hour roasted pork belly. You’ll want to leave room for a tasty homemade dessert such as sticky toffee pudding or toasted Belgian waffle, both served with salted caramel ice cream.
This charming pub also boasts six boutique en-suite rooms adjacent to the pub in Gillman’s Cottage. For those staying the weekend – or those on the road in need of a comfortable spot to begin their working day – the pub’s breakfasts are a real treat.