The Fat Badger

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The Fat Badger offers an informal dining experience in the heart of Harrogate. The restaurant serves delicious 2AA rosette food.
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CA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully cooked meal. Wine very nice and excellent value. Highly recommended

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fabulous roast as always

JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had Sunday lunch, and sat at a window seat overlooking the Christmas fair on the green. A wonderful dining space. I had the pork roast which was magnificent, the meat was cooked to perfection, with crackling that was edible without breaking your teeth. The service staff were friendly and attentive, although as the restaurant got busier, we naturally had to wait a little longer than we would have liked. A great place to eat.

HG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service table waiting for us, very polite service. Food was delicious very well presented and good value.

SB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a lovely, cosy atmosphere. We also had a small baby with us and the staff were so fabulous and helpful - they couldn’t do enough! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

SH
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the service and ambience good the food we had was well cooked but ordinary with no wow factor .

TJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food combined with excellent service from friendly and efficient staff.

DA
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely restaurant, very friendly staff...…….

JB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal the the restaurant, friendly smart staff and food was gorgeous

R
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Unfortunately the service wasn’t very fluid and attentive so couldn't give full marks for that, but we would recommend and go back.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was not impressed with food. Sauce on monk fish strong and dominating and chicken with chips dry and very ordinary! Also charged for desert we didn't have.

s
London
51 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Sitting in the bar area was less than ideal at lunch time as we had to sit close to the outside doors which kept opening as folk went in and out so it was cold and draughty. But the food was really good.

NT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food excellent but service rather slow. Having been served with main course we waited at least 5 minutes before any veg arrived.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food for all the family.

r
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!
Absolute credit to both bar and restaurant staff!
Just wished we had booked to stay in White hart hotel
Instead of du vin❗️
Best regards Richard berry
Dined 19 Oct 2019




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KR
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place, varied menu, I think the meals could include sides ie slaw for burger cans it such a small serving not really worth the extra, think the schnitzel should have a sauce, but we did really enjoy the food, and would come back x

BS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined in the fat badger restaurant for 2 evening the food was excellent and staff could not do enough

CE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, the staff were wonderful and the food delicious. We would definitely dine here again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to eat in Harrogate.

EB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had an evening meal with my boyfriend. Ambience was nice. Food ranged from average (sirloin steak) to good (monkfish). Overall expected better quality for the price. Service was not great, a little slow and forgot to give us cutlery.

MT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I visited for my birthday. Never been before but know people who have. Excellent value for money as the food was good quality, delicious and served very well. Would definitely recommend and go back

IH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service from start to finish, great feel as soon as we walked in and the food was fantastic. Will definitely return in the future!

NM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, great value for money, lovely ambience and décor.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed with the food.
I ordered the salmon macaroni cheese as a main, and the portion size was the exact same size as the side order size that my partner got, but £5.50 more expensive for the few pieces of salmon that were actually in it. Would have been better off ordering 2 x plain mac & cheese side dishes. Starter was plain. Just very basic pub food.
The staff were great.
The decor and environment was lovely. Suppose that also exacerbates how let down I was by the food. I expected a lot more from such a great venue and brilliant staff.

CM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Called at The Fat Badger for Sunday lunch on 6/10/19 . Restaurant was fairly busy but not full . We waited at the entrance for someone to acknowledge us which they did fairly quickly, a gent in a suit and tie whom I assume was the manager . All good then he just pointed to a table and said “ it’s that one by the window “ . Usually in such an establishment you are escorted to the table with menus but not on this case .
Onto the food . We opted for the Sunday lunch . Main course came out really quickly, plate really hot , plenty of well cooked pork , mashed potato, roast potato and huge Yorkshire Pudding. We tucked in awaiting our vegetables which failed to arrive so we asked a waitress as she passed , still no veg, we asked another and finally received our veg a significant time after our main course arrived . We noticed that all the staff seemed to be attending to one big table, which is all well and good but we only had half a meal . Manger did not seem to be noticing anything at all . We had finished our drinks and nobody noticed and asked if we wanted more , which we would have had and no one asked how the meal was .However we opted for puddings , sticky toffee and apple crumble which were both delicious .
It’s a shame the service was not to the standard I would expect in the restaurant as the food was delicious, well cooked and hot .

KW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very nice evening at the Fat Badger on Saturday night. Good and friendly service. Well presented and very tasty food. A good but not too large selection - fish dishes particularly good (salmon and swordfish) but also excellent pork belly. Reasonable selection of wines at decent prices and we had a very nice bottle of Pecorino. All in all a very enjoyable evening.

JN
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would recommend the Fat Badger as it was good food and value for money.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and plentiful. It was served very quickly and with extra of everything we asked for.

Also very good value for money.

We will definitely be going back and also recommending it to our guests who come to stay at our guest house.

JT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to come to the Fat Badger on a recommendation from a friend of mine and I can certainly say I wasn’t disappointed. The atmosphere was relaxing and romantic and the food was exceptional, probably the best steak I have had from a restaurant to date. To top it off the sticky toffee pudding was delicious and I would highly recommend this place to everyone. The service was also fantastic and I would happily return.

AM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Staff courteous and friendly. Food excellent and reasonably priced

J
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always the Fat Badger never fails to come up to its standards for Sunday lunch. Such a shame that the UCI has decimated the Town Centre of Harrogate and the restaurants which should have been packed on the Sunday were virtually empty. Our guests could not get across Harrogate so we called to say we were running late was it OK. They said early or late please just come!!! At least their trade will pick up when all this mess in Town goes, but how much will they have lost in revenue in the meantime. Other than all that excellent Sunday lunch with good friends.

B
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. My wife is blind and was scared at a new environment. The waitress Rowan was fantastic. She picked up on her distress. Rowans care and compassion toward my wife was unbelievable. She made time to talk to her and reassure her. Besides the wonderful food, Rowan made the evening one to remember.

LB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellant services .
Had market menu Excellant food and good value.
Very noisy as big party's in.

SK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined at the restaurant twice in the past month. Food and service really good. The menu is quite extensive and would cater for most tastes. I would definitely recommend the Fat Badger and travelled from York to visit.

DV
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly better than we expected for a hotel restaurant. Apart fron having to ask for the lights to be turned up so we could see each other and what we were eatng! The food was well presented and of reasonably generous proportions. Service courteous and above standard. The real let down was the coffee after the meal which was absolutely dire!! They did replace the first cup of weak 'dishwasher' but unfortun aately with a second cup that was stronger but equally tastekess.

LW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Nicely position restaurant, lovely decor and ambience, staff helpful but need a little more training in customer awareness; lacking a good maitre d-hotel. Food nicely presented but needed more imagination. Tables need dressing with clothes to up the game. We arrived early at 6.30pm and service was a little over eager. Generally a good experience and value for money.

KR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. It had a really lovely, relaxing ambience and subtle lighting. We moved on to the bar area which was great too with a live band playing. There is a lovely outside seating area, flowers all around it, complete with gas heaters for the chillier evenings as well as blankets provided. The staff were very friendly and we were made to feel welcome. I would definitely recommend the Fat Badger 😊

CM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant, food including vegan options were also excellent

Ordering arrangements for drought beers could be improved

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place , great food, great service
What more do you want
Would definitely recommend

JH
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent. Airy room. Friendly, professional and courteous staff. Excellent food. We really enjoyed our evening.

M
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend went to The Fat Badger on a warm Sunday evening whilst stopping in Harrogate for the bank holiday weekend. What a place! beautiful old building with a grand dining room with candlelit tables. We were given a window table with a view of the town. Great service all evening from the manager. Attentive but not in your face which was perfect. The mussels starter and confit duck main were both cooked and seasoned perfectly. Having been an ex chef I'm quite fussy with eating out but the food, ambience and service was very good. We will definitely be back next time we're in Harrogate. Thanks The Fat Badger!