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Travellers' Choice2023
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Gastropub, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
The Fat Badger is a traditional English pub, as well as a newly refurbed restaurant, situated in the heart of Harrogate's Montpellier Quarter, close to the many attractions in town and just around the corner from the Valley Gardens and famous Royal Pump Rooms. Head Chef Richard Ferebee serves up traditional pub grub with his own twist on a number of dishes offering a high-level dining experience in the sociable surroundings of a traditional English pub. *Due to the new government guidelines, our opening times have changed. Please be aware that if you book in for the restaurant, you will be inside, bookings for bar & outside area are seperate.*
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Gastropub, Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience at the Fat Badger. Booked for dinner last Saturday night. We had a couple of drinks in the bar before dinner- great atmosphere and very busy. The menu in the restaurant was excellent, the food quality was great and the staff were brilliant,...very attentive. Would definitely recommend and will go back next time I'm in Harrogate.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Linda, Thank you so much for your kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kindest regards Chantel Towle

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

8 people in our party on weekday afternoon. Everyone’s food arrived all at the same time & hot. Freshly prepared generous portions - as are the sides. Good coleslaw the hot sandwiches. are well filled, with handful of crisps and a separate fresh salad not...just 70% bread as often the case. Lovely cosy atmosphere on a wet, gloomy afternoon in Harrogate. Our Australian visitors loved the venue & decor.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jill, How wonderful to read your amazing comments. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this great review. We look forward to seeing you in the near future. Many thanks Chantel Towle

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Boxing Day in Harrogate found many venues closed and we had not intended on visiting this one! We were very pleased that we did! The staff were welcoming and attentive and the drinks and food were very enjoyable. We highly recommend this.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear William, Thank you for your wonderful review. It is great to read your comments and your recommendation to others. We hope you get chance to come back soon. Many thanks Chantel Towle

Reviewed 11 January 2024

Both the bar and restaurant are excellent places to visit. Good quality food. Vibrant atmosphere without being overbearing.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your continued support and for taking the time to write this lovely review.come back soon ! Kindest regards Chantel Towle

Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

Beautiful family meal on New Year’s Eve. Service was friendly and efficient and all seven meals were excellent! Would definitely visit again and would recommend to anyone visiting Harrogate

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Andrea, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your new years eve with us. Come back soon. Best wishes Chantel Towle

Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

The table was next to a window blowing a draught. They moved us when mentioned. Service was very amateurish. We weren’t asked if everything was ok, assuming given the standards of the food that was why. Starters were ok but main very oily. Both dishes,...sea bass and pork were oily and the post was more fat than meat. We couldn’t mention the disappointment because there was no one to say anything to.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Sarah, I'm sorry to read your experience was not the usual high standard we offer. I would love you to come back and if you do decide please do not hesitate to give us a call so we can touch base face to face...More

Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

Went to celebrate my 60th Birthday. After ordering our drinks we were bought a glass of complimentary fizz. The service from the staff was excellent, the food was excellent (confit duck Bon Bon’s, mussels in white wine and cream, rib eye steak, buttermilk chicken. A...delicious red wine finished by an indulgent chocolate ganache cake. I really had a great meal.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Steve, Thank you for sharing your kind comments and recommending us through this review. We hope to see you soon, thank you for your support. Many thanks Chantel Towle

Reviewed 18 December 2023

Super Sunday lunch, biggest Yorkshire pudding I have ever had it was amazing. Beef was beautifully cooked as was the pork and chicken. Friendly staff and good service to say they were extremely busy. 2 of our party requested Cranberry Sauce but were told they...didn't have any, is it just for Christmas Day?More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chantel Towle, General Manager at The Fat Badger, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jennifer, Thank you for amazing review. I completely agree the Yorkshire pudding size is impressive. We are so happy to read your comments, thank you so much for your support. Kindest regards Chantel Towle

Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

A 4 star place to eat basically. Great and friendly 5 star service, lovely 5 star ambience and decor. Food, not bad, but only OK for the price. Hence 4 stars overall.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 November 2023 via mobile

Came on the recommendation of friends. Excellent meal and good wine. Lovely staff and great atmosphere. Also reasonable price. Had a fabulous evening here

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

Top class place. Excellent staff, very helpful. Food amazing. Great price for Sunday lunch. Loved the cocktail yesterday. Definitely will return.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2023 via mobile

This place is a true gem. The food is outstanding, with a diverse menu that caters to all tastes. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, and the staff are incredibly friendly and attentive. It's the perfect spot for a delightful dining experience. I can't recommend...The Fat Badger enoughMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023 via mobile

A well presented and lively restaurant where booking is essential. If you arrive early there is a relaxing bar to get a pre dinner drink. Seating was on time and a nice table for a couple. Service is a little slower than most due it...being very busy but if that suited us as we were in rush. Unfortunately the young man serving the wine didn’t open the bottle at the table due to being nervous re how to open it so a little more training required. We both had steak and both cooked perfectly and we finished off with the cheeseboard which was very nice. I thought the food prices were about right for the type of restaurant and the wine selection was varied. Would recommend and we will probably try again when we come back to HarrogateMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

We have been here several times now. Its our go to place when we come to Harrogate. We came here for a drink around 5pm. We sat outside under the heaters as although it was getting late in the afternoon it was still nice outside....This is so nice to be able to do. Blankets are also available. We ordered a bottle of wine. Which turned into us ordering food - pizza and the special pasta.We shared both. Both were delightful. The pasta was pea and pesto. Not what we would normally choose but it was excellent. (You know it is good when you order two but there is only one left). The pizza was cooked to perfection. As it was busy inside as the night drew on, we ate outside which made it extra special at this time of year. And the one bottle of wine turned into two. Would recommend The Fat Badger as a place to visit.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

I never expect much from hotel restaurants, but this place is so good! Highly recommend. I came for dinner and got the sea bass risotto dish and a glass of wine. It was cooked perfectly and was so good. I came back the next day...for a Sunday roast lunch. I got the pork roast and then the sticky toffee pudding dessert. Wow. I thought dinner was good, but these two dishes were even better! Delicious!! Definitely will come back if I find myself in Harrogate again.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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The Fat Badger is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4