The Dog and Badger in Medmenham – A healthy option from your Personal Trainer

The Dog & Badger, Medmenham

Since opening it’s doors as recently as just this summer, The Dog and Badger in Medmenham hasn’t wasted any time in growing a reputation for being home to a fabulously welcoming fine dining experience. The bar is absolutely stunning and houses a vast array of colourful spirits. The whole interior is quirky and interesting with lots of pop art thrown in.

Nestled alongside the Thames in the picturesque setting of rural Buckinghamshire (roughly 5 minutes west of Marlow), the bar and restaurant is an ideal location for food and fun with family and friends, followed (or, if you prefer, preceded) by a pleasant walk among the Chiltern Hills or a casual stroll around nearby Henley.

Complete with affable and attentive staff, a vibrant yet homely ambience and a quintessentially British menu (with the inevitable touch of modern fusion, of course) I’ve not come across a better spot in Bucks this year. Better still, said menu includes a wealth of light options for the hungry and health conscious. Result!

 

Starter

It’s not often I go full-on “à la carte” but due to the variety of dishes available – and the fact much of the produce is sourced locally – I opted for what was to be a delightful three-course offering. The Brixham white crab spoon, pitted green Pistou olives and seasonal crudités were particular standouts as non-fatty pre-main nibbles. For those steering clear of carbs, the crab would be my top suggestion.

 

Main

Time to get comfortable; A host of melt-in-your-mouth meat and flavoursome fish – coupled with the generous portions of each dish – means you’re not likely to be shuffling from your seat any time soon. In a bid to keep things simple and classic, the 28-day dry-aged steaks are almost as good as it gets from a Personal Trainer’s perspective when eating out. Low in fat but high in flavour, packed with protein and cooked on a free-of-oil charcoal grill, you’ll struggle to find a better slab of meat in the area (although if you believe you have, please do let me know).
Accompanying the steak is a choice of a side and sauce. Keep it green with the crispy salad or green beans and plump for the shallot and red wine gravy – it’s the least fattening and provides that desired wine fix for the grape lovers out there (I know my clients!). If fish is more your thing, the tartare of Loch Duart Salmon is a good bet (either as a starter or light main), as is the whole Dover sole on the bone.

 

Dessert

I’d like to think I’ve frequented a number of eateries in my time, but never have I come across a bowl of English strawberries with rose petal and black pepper sugar. No chocolate, no cream, no pastry (although such options are naturally available); just a delicate twist on an old favourite – and a splendid manner in which to cleanse the palette and see off the meal in style.

 

Lastly, while it’s not my usual style to promote a tipple at dinner (especially if you’re training with me the next day), it is worth taking note of the 400 bin and 30 wines by the glass list. The Dog and Badger is able to boast an in-house Sommelier, Oscar, who is on hand to help you choose a bottle to compliment your meal of choice. Not a bad option with the steak, I guess.

 

The food at the Dog & Badger Medmenham

Do let me know if you head down to one of Bucks’ latest gems any time soon. It would be great to hear what you chose and, more importantly, what you thought. Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask for something specific – they may be able to adapt a meal for you.

To read more about The Dog and Badger, see the full menu or book a table, visit the official website.