Published 13 September 2021
by Josh Barrie
The Gladwin Brothers, known for their West London restaurants The Shed, Rabbit, and Nutbourne, as well as their more recent Soho joint Sussex, are opening a fifth venture in Richmond.
The Fat Badger, a neighbourhood restaurant scheduled for October, will take on the same form as the brothers’ previous sites, with a rustic, rural theme transposed into a city setting. “Guests can expect to enjoy all the charm of a countryside pub blended seamlessly with a distinctive take on traditional British dining,” said the team.
Much like their other locations, the Gladwins said the ingredients used at The Fat Badger will be sourced directly from their family farm. They will also continue to forage for food in the habitats surrounding their vineyard in West Sussex. Meat and fish will come from trusted suppliers and will be “ethical and sustainable”.
Richard Gladwin said: “We are delighted to be moving into another London neighbourhood, this time in an area my family and I call home. The pandemic has further proved that local is sustainable and this is how we intend to foster growth in our business and the communities surrounding it.
“We look forward to a long, successful relationship with Richmond and its locals – creating a hub for people to enjoy the taste of modern Britain with great food, and fine wine in the company of friends and family”.
The new menu has been conceptualised by chef Oliver Gladwin and “merges classic dishes with modern cooking techniques”. There will be meat, fish and game cooked on the grill and all will be accompanied by vegetables and herbs from Sussex. Sharing specials will change day-to-day. The promise of a “signature stargazy pie” – a pie of pilchards, potatoes and eggs from Mousehole in Cornwall – is a clear and precise reason to visit.
The Fat Badger will also have a bar with snacks such as AAA Maldon oysters, local charcuterie, cheeses, crab crumpets and Welsh rarebit. There will be the necessary and ever-present craft beers too of course.
The wine list, meanwhile, will feature the Gladwin family’s own range of English wines from their boutique vineyard, Nutbourne. As you’d expect. Wines from outside the group will be bought from “like-minded producers from the finest wine regions worldwide,” Richard said.
Sunday roasts will be known as “Sundays on the Farm” and will be a “ritual at The Fat Badger”, the Gladwins added. Bloody Marys at the bar will precede the hunks of meat in the dining room.