Breakfast is easily one of our favourite meals out. We love nothing more than having a long lie and then strolling somewhere for breakfast/brunch. On a sunny Sunday morning we found ourselves at Badger & Co. Badger & Co. has set up home in what used to be Kenneth Graham’s, author of Wind and the Willows, home. Wind and the Willows is one of my favourite childhood books and I was delighted to the see lots of familiar faces up on the wall. We were up bright and early and in before 10am. Now most local folk will know that this is often the best time to be in town on a weekend morning as you often have places to yourself, Badger & Co. was no different. The inside of Badger and Co. is very plush, lots of leather suites and high backed chairs. We passed a lovely little booth which would be a perfect place to spend a few hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
The menu is small and doesn’t have the usual favourites like egg benedict. Some might not like it but for us it helped us choose something different from what we would normally choose. We also noted the menu lacked favourites such as black pudding and haggis, otherwise there is plenty to choose from. Mr E decided on having the Scottish Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Duck Eggs & Toasted Crumpets and I thought i’d try out char-grilled Borders bacon, buttered morning roll, roast tomato & homemade brown sauce and a freshly baked croissant with butter and homemade jam.
We watched from our window seat the town start to become busier and enjoyed our coffees. The coffee was great. I had ordered a mocha and it had good flavour with a very rich chocolate taste. Mr E had macchiato. This again was good and a little less powerful than an espresso.
Our breakfast items soon arrived and were well presented. I could smell my bacon roll before it was placed down in front of me.
My bacon butty was very good. The morning roll was bigger than I had expected, hence the croissant, and was lovely and soft on the inside and that crispy, chewy way on the outside. There was plenty of bacon in the butty, my only observation would be, it could have been cooked for longer. I am a big fan of crispy bacon especially if it is back bacon. I felt the rind of the bacon was a little chewy because of this. I’m sure if I sent it back they would have cooked the bacon longer for me but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment too much. The homemade sauce was more to Mr E’s liking than mine. Thankfully I didn’t cover my roll in it. It is made to a secret recipe and when we asked our server wouldn’t tell us what was in it. I could definitely taste cinnamon, mainly because I’m not its biggest fan. It was almost like brown sauce and ketchup mixed together. The butty was pretty big and I ended up letting Mr E finish it as I had also my croissant to eat.
Mr E was very pleased with his salmon, eggs and crumpets. The salmon was very fresh, with a lovely smoky taste and there was plenty of it as well. The crumpets were well toasted and the scrambled eggs were light and well seasoned. We had never thought to put scrambled eggs on crumpets but now it will definitely be something we’ll be whipping up at home.
The croissant was served warm and being nice I shared half of it with Mr E. The homemade jam was delicious. So delicious I couldn’t help but eat it just out of it’s little dish. With a little butter and jam on the croissant it was the perfect end to a lovely breakfast.
We very much enjoyed our breakfast at Badger and Co. and as we were leaving there were more people venturing in and getting tucked into a range of very tasty looking dishes. It’s a great location for popping in and we will definitely be back. The service was great, giving us time to enjoy our coffee before our food arrived and then checking in every so often to make sure it was all ok.
If you head along, make sure to tell us what you thought. Badger and Co. are also taking part in Edinburgh Restaurant Festival so make sure to check them out.
Badger + Co | 32 Castle Street . Edinburgh . EH2 3HT | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 0131 226 5430 |