The Dog & Badger Pub with rooms in Medmenham, Buckinghamshire

Prices from:
£115 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 16th-century pub; slick refurbishment
  • Funky interior – a real surprise
  • Neon lit Riva Bar; drinks galore
  • Eclectic modern European food
  • Cottage hides super swish rooms
  • River Thames is a stroll away
  • Ideal bolthole for retail therapy

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Overview

The Dog & Badger Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2HE

The personal touch

Smack beside the busy road linking Marlow and Henley, the Dog & Badger looks every inch the classic village pub from the outside. However, looks can be very deceiving, for the 16th-century whitewashed pub was given a bold makeover in 2015, which transformed the place into a slick, ultra-modern and luxurious bar and restaurant with rooms. Step inside the oak-framed conservatory extension and expect to be wowed by the eye-popping speedboat-inspired Riva Bar with its glossy lacquered wood, blue neon lighting and a wall of lit spirit bottles – this is not your average pub with rooms. Purple banquettes, blue bar stools, colourful posters and modern glass lighting add to the funky vibe. Venture further and you’re in the original grade II listed building where vibrant colours, trendy chairs and banquettes, and contemporary modern art blend with the original features (sagging beams, oak floors) to successfully create a lighter, more open dining space. The pub is located a short stroll from the River Thames (walk down Ferry Road opposite) in pretty Medmenham, where you can follow the riverside path to Henley or Marlow.

Sticky fingers

Although more of an adults hideaway, kids will find a great range of soft drinks and a brilliant children’s menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner – freshly cooked dishes like tortiglioni Bolognese, mini Sunday roasts, and apple & blackberry crumble. Two if the rooms have connecting doors so can be turned into a family suite. Cots are available (£10).

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar and overnight in Juniper and Angelica bedrooms (£10 per night).

Alfresco

The walled side terrace (also the main entrance) is the place to be on warm sunny days – modern garden tables and chairs, bright turquoise brollies, planters and big urns and tall heaters for those cooler evenings.

 

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles/twin £115-255

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining/meeting room
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The Dog & Badger Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2HE

Do not disturb

Up behind the pub, a minutes’ stagger away from the bar, is timbered Gillman’s Cottage, a quintessentially English cottage that has been sympathetically refurbished and converted into six luxurious en suite rooms, all named after gin botanicals. They ooze original 16th-century charm, with head-cracking beams, low doorways and tiny windows, but don’t expect country-chic fabrics and furnishings – they are as swish as the pub. There’s funky mood lighting, under floor heating, purple hues, velvety soft furnishings, king-size beds, bespoke mini Riva Bars, Nespresso machines, air conditioning, Apple TVs and super smart tiled bathrooms with oval tubs, double sinks, bathrobes, thick towels, Bramley toiletries, and vast walk-in monsoon showers, with Juniper, Honeysuckle and Cassia boasting personal steam rooms. Gillman’s Cottage is a sleek yet cosy hideaway – you won’t want to leave.

 

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles/twin £115-255

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining/meeting room
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Dog & Badger Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2HE

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4-£9; Main Courses: £12.50-£24.50; Desserts £6.50; Sunday roasts: £16.50)

From the open-to-view kitchen chefs deliver an extensive modern menu that trawls Europe for inspiration. It’s a real crowd-pleaser, with breakfast served from 7am for all-comers, so follow an early morning stroll to the Thames with sweet potato and chorizo hash, a bacon brioche bun, or avocado, smoked salmon and poached eggs on sourdough. The lunch/dinner menu kicks in at noon with a good choice of salads, pasta dishes (king prawn and arrabbiata linguine), burgers, perhaps halloumi and Portobello mushroom with dill pickle, red onion marmalade and red pepper and garlic hummus, and grilled leg of lamb with Greek salad, and rib-eye steak with roasted tomatoes. Traditional favourites include fish and chips, roast pork belly with crackling and gravy, and roast rump of beef with horseradish sauce and all the trimmings for Sunday lunch. Leave room for a comforting dessert – sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and black treacle ice cream. Decent sandwiches are served until 5pm. To drink, where do I start – plenty of bubbles and cocktails, a raft of gins, vodkas and whiskies, 15 wines by the glass, and Fuller’s London Pride and Marlow Rebellion ales on tap.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 7am – 11am

Food all day: 11am – 10pm (9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles/twin £115-255

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining/meeting room
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms & 1 Rosette

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Out & About

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Activities

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Higginson Park, Marlow SL7 2AE

Marlow’s main open space is a classic example of a traditional urban park. The 23-acre park has a leisure centre offering a swimming pool, gym and tennis court. Frontage to the Thames means mooring for pleasure craft and boating for hire. The 180-mile Thames Path runs along the edge of the park.

13

Harleyford Golf Club, Marlow SL7 2SP

Located about two miles southwest of Marlow, Harleyford lies beside the Thames on a country estate dating back to the 13th century. The 6,714- yard, par 72 course is both challenging and rewarding to players of all levels.

14

Salter’s Boat Trips, Marlow SL7 2AE

Salter’s is the only company with a landing stage at Marlow. The route is upstream from the town, taking in spectacular stretches of the Thames, before finishing with a cruise along the renowned royal regatta course at Henley. Look out for the Devon Belle, one of the ‘little ships’ that sailed to Dunkirk in 1940.

Shopping

2

Plume SL7 1ER

Offering the best independent fashion labels from around the world, Marlow High Street-based Plume is one of the most successful women’s wear retailers.

3

The Vintage Look RG9 2AH

Based in Henley’s Hart Street, the Vintage Look offers an eclectic mix of antiques, retro and contemporary home-wares, vintage clothes and garden items. With its beamed ceilings and original features, the shop has plenty of charm and character.

4

Marlow Antiques Centre 35 Station Road, Marlow SL7 1NW

Home to over 35 dealers, the Marlow Centre sells a wide range of antiques and collectables – you’re sure to find that special something in this huge space.

6

Anne Haimes Interiors RG9 2BG

At Anne Haimes Interiors in Henley, you’ll find furnishings, furniture, lighting, bedding, mirrors, scents and accessories.

7

Asquiths Teddy Bear Shop RG9 2BT

Asquiths established the world’s first teddy bear outlets 30 years ago and trades in a 15th-century shop in the heart of Henley. Asquiths specialises in luxury handmade English teddy bears, as well as supporting many other makes.

8

Eton Antique Bookshop SL4 6AF

Described as ‘dusty, disheveled and piled high with old prints, maps and weathered editions,’ this charming old bookshop has just about every thing for the genuine bibliophile.

9

Eton College Gift Shop SL4 6BD

Quirky, unstuffy souvenir shop with frock-coated teddy bears, crockery, tea towels and even the college’s own gents’ cologne – among many other items.

10

Country House Menswear Ltd

Gentleman’s out fitter where you can maintain your personal style and preserve your individuality. Expect exquisite collection of casual wear from Europe’s leading designers. There are branches at Marlow, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe and Chalfont St Peter.

Places to visit

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Rycote Chapel OX9 2PE

Historic 15th-century chapel with beautifully carved and painted woodwork and many fascinating features, including two17th-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery.

17

Warburg Nature Reserve RG9 6BL

This tranquil haven of woodland and grassland is where you’ll find a wide variety of wildlife and a nature trail. Tawny owls are known to breed here and the site includes more than 400 species of plants. The reserve is named after the late Doctor E F Warburg, an Oxford botanist

18

Windsor Castle SL4 1NJ

Founded as a fortress by William the Conqueror, the dominant feature of Windsor Castle is its Round Tower, built by Henry II and visible for miles around. Parts of the castle are open to the public.

19

Hughenden Manor HP14 4LA

Close to High Wycombe, Hughenden Manor became the home of Benjamin Disraeli in 1848. By the time he moved here, he was an established novelist and a distinguished politician. These days, Hughenden Manor belongs to the National Trust and is open to visitors.

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Marlow

The town is one of the prettiest in the Thames Valley. The suspension bridge spanning the river is now the only surviving example of the work of designer William Tierney Clark. T.S. Eliot lived in Marlow between 1917 and 1920 and Percy Bysshe Shelley resided here a century earlier. Jerome K Jerome wrote part of Three Men in a Boat in the town.

21

Greys Court RG9 4PG

The original house was a fortified manor; the present gabled brick and flint house is Elizabethan. Managed by the National Trust, Greys Court , near Henley, includes a Tudor donkey-wheel well-house. The garden contains the Archbishop’s Maze, whose design is based on the theme of reconciliation.

22

River and Rowing Museum RG9 1BF

This fascinating Henley-based museum holds 20,000 items covering the sport of rowing, the story of the Thames and the classic book for children and adults, The Wind in the Willows, published in 1908. There are objects, photographs, books, ephemera and archive material.

23

Cliveden SL1 8NS

Perched on cliffs above the Thames near Maidenhead, Cliveden is an Italianate mansion built for the Duke of Sutherland in 1850-51. The house was once the home of the Astor family. The Profumo scandal, which rocked the government and sparked frenzied gossip in society circles, was played out here in the early 1960s. Cliveden is now a hotel but parts of the house are open to the public at certain times.

Walking

www.visitchilterns.co.uk
Marlow is fortunate in being surrounded by great walking country. Close by are the lovely Chilterns – grassy hills dotted with beech woods, which look glorious in the autumn – while the scenic Thames Path offers plenty of scope for linear and circular walks. Burnham Beeches, Windsor Great Park and Black Park, near Slough, are also very popular.

Cycling

www.cycle-routes-com/england/bucks
Away from busy roads and motorways, the Thames Valley is the perfect playground for cyclists. There are lots of short to medium cycle rides, as well as longer more ambitious routes, including a trail from Windsor to Oxford.

Events

www.visitthames.co.uk/events/marlow-town-regatta-and-festival
One of the region’s biggest events is the Marlow Town Regatta and Festival, which combines a traditional rowing regatta and its garden party atmosphere with a ‘family day’ of dragon boat racing and a splendid ‘tribute band’ and concert to finish. Held annually in June.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: The Dog & Badger is located beside A4155 midway between Marlow and Henley-on-Thames

By Rail: Marlow station (1hr 20mins from London Paddington) is a short taxi ride (3 miles) from the Dog & Badger

Address:

Henley Road, Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2HE

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