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The Fat Badger

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614 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
The Fat Badger restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience in the heart of Harrogate. The restaurant serves superb quality AA rosette food.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 614 People Are Saying
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lisabelle
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here at the end of our recent holiday. Lovely setting, great service and food.

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LeanneD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious although I wish I'd chosen differently on my starter but the roast was delicious.

My only slight issue was we booked the restaurant but were offered a table in the bar until I mentioned I'd booked the restaurant? Apart from that delicious food.

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LorraineL
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we live in Harrogate we have never had Sunday Lunch here. First of all your temperature can be checked on the automatic machine. The tables are very well spaced out so you are not close to anyone else. I had a smoked haddock risotto and my husband had the fish cakes which were both very tasty. We both had roast pork for the main course which had three slices of pork, stuffing, 3 roast potatoes, mash, Yorkshire pudding and a dish of vegetables to share. The portions were very large and delicious and we were both too full for desserts which did look good. We will definitely be back !

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Budd
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place, Sunday dinner was amazing giant Yorkshire pud, starter wasn’t so good, defo would go again and order different starter, my partner enjoyed all of his starter and main. Also felt very safe.

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paulinel
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Staff moved us to a well positioned table for our wedding anniversary meal. The staff were polite, non-intrusive and friendly .
The atmosphere was perfect; subtle lighting, background music and well spaced out seating.
We had the burger with home cooked fries and it was delicious would highly recommend. to be honest neither myself of my husband could have ate anything else after the main course.
The bread with oil and vinegar was OK but nothing special.
The rhubarb gin was delightful.
We would eat at the Fat Badger again when we return to stay at White Hart Hotel.
Visit the Fat Badger and enjoy a beautiful meal.

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AngelaR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I ate the Lamb tagine. It was outstanding, best I’ve had (including in Morocco).

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DennisT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very good service. Would definitely recommend to anyone else.

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ChristinaM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Food was good and portions generous. Would definitely visit again.

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Maisie
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent choice of beers and Badger Burgers are amazing!

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NatalieW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous Sunday roast and really good value for £17.95 for two course. They didn’t have any cauliflower cheese left which was a bit disappointing but will just have to go back again to try it another time :)

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DianneH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying in hotel for weekend so decided to give the restaurant a try on the Sunday evening at 5pm. we opted for the 3 course sunday lunch . The food was absolutely delicious.. couldnt fault it..

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ALexw87
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but not amazing food. They forgot my mayonnaise on my starter and there was a lot of fat on the pork, didn’t live up to the hype but it was good value so I would go back.

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LisaA
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous building with lots of style and charm. COVID compliant. Lovely staff, pleasant and polite. Great good.

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StevenH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food a little expensive, compared to other venues, but really enjoyed meal. Thanks Steve

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Pointer24
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Poor service from start to finish. We booked weeks ago & we were seated in the bar area as requested. No one bothered to give us a food menu & we were ignored by the staff. Eventually we were served after a rude bar staff member pointed out that he didn’t cook food behind the bar & said for us to use the app!! When booking a table at this Hotel you get a choice of being seated in the bar, restaurant or outside & the same menu applies but be aware the service in the bar is non existant for people dinning there which is not pointed out at the time of booking. The food was average & we won’t be returning.

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SarahL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab night. Distancing measure adhered to. Lovely staff and great food.

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vipadrain1
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice bar, great service - the staff were working their socks off to provide a good experience in the current difficult conditions. Shame some of the customers couldn't follow the rules and show more respect to the staff.

Beer and cocktails were excellent, if a tad pricey - but this is the centre of Harrogate.

Full marks to the staff - poor marks to many of the customers. The staff deservce much better.

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Lara006
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very slow service and staff quite rude and disorganised

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AmandaC
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service as stayed in the hotel too. Breakfast also excellent and followed civic guidelines all the time, well done x

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Croftshark
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the bar area in a corner so good spot as waiters walking past to serve the tables outside. Steak was one of the best I have ever had! Service very good and staff very friendly but in a sincere way.

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GraemeN
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place inside or out ( plenty of patio heaters)

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HeidiW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always eat here and it’s always delicious look forward to our next visit

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fabulous Sunday roast, very efficient service and lovely surroundings but only downside was a bit close to other tables

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JulieK
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with excellent service. Very welcoming and will definitely go back well done everyone

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Cookie
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a lovely meal and enjoyed the atmosphere. However whilst seated at our table some kind soul stole our umbrella from the stand at the entrance.
So beware the hotel didn't give a care.

Such a shame after a lovely evening, and trying to be considerate of others ended up costing us .
HelenCokk

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LizW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Booked a table in the restaurant for 4 adults to celebrate a 60th Birthday, ended up with a booth in the bar. Waiter knocked over a cocktail on serving, spilt on dress

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Swankey
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent, quality food great service lovely surroundings.we will return.

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LynseyB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service waited ages to be seated to a soaking wet table. Waited ages for drinks n never bothered with ordering food as service was that bad

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Swannys
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Prebooked a table for family birthday. Table wasn't ready on arrival (but admitted ally we were 25mins early) . We're found a table to sit at whilst our table was ready. Table was near the entrance door and very cold as it was windy and rainy. No updates on our table. After 45 mins (20 mins past our booking time) chased up about our table. We had obviously been forgotten about.We were asked if we would eat at the table, we'd been waiting at. We refused. We were so cold after sitting there 45 mins in a draft with the door constantly opening. We were found a 'make shift' table which we were not particular happy with but accepted due to us being hungry and supposedly celebrating 2 birthdays. When we eventually ordered our vegetarian meals, we were told the dish we ordered had been taken off the day before. This dish had not been taken off the menu on the app the waitor had advised us to look at whilst we had been wakting (the app is on the edge of the tables and can be scanned to view the menu). Our choices were pizza or a pasta dish. We had eaten pasta the night before and pizza wasn't an option as its not really a celebratory meal. We felt we had no choice but to leave. We were so disappointed with the lack of vegetarian meals, the lack of communication between 'waiting' staff and the fact that the Waitor did not own up to making an error. One can be forgiven for such an error if an apology is made and one is honest about the error but to try and bluff his way through wasn't acceptable. The whole evening and birthday was ruined.

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Nigelh
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and good service but rules around 2 hour slots due to Covid not well understood or managed. Otherwise very pleasant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside for a light lunch. Requested table next to the heater which we got. Great service, food was delicious.

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ThomasW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a lovely evening at the fat badger. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. The staff couldn't do enough for you.
Altogether a great experience.

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LindseyH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always visit the Fat Badger when in the area or staying at the hotel itself. Service and food are always excellent, and the fish and chips are OUTSTANDING! Great place to eat and the ambience of the bar is great. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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LauraC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely meal in a great setting.
Food was delicious with great service would highly recommend.

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DeborahH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food and wine selection, both very pleased with our choices!
Lovely atmosphere. Would definitely return if in Harrogate again.

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KiratB
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and delicious food. Would not hesitate to recommend. Can’t wait to go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday lunch and cocktails definitely recommend

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KarenC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good,. My only point would be that it could have been served hotter, I'm a bit of a stickler for hot food being served hot :-) The staff were all very nice and welcoming

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked in for Sunday lunch. The food and service were both exceptional. Ambience was fantastic.

FAQs

The Fat Badger is rated 4.4 stars by 614 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.