Josie Clarke visits The Dog & Badger restaurant and bar at Medmenham on the River Thames, which has undergone an extensive refurbishment.
Afive-minute walk from the Thames towpath, in the pretty Chilterns village of Medmenham, The Dog & Badger occupies a lovingly refurbished period building dating to the 14th Century. Charming accommodation, and an excellent bar and restaurant, create an atmosphere of laidback luxury.
Each of the six rooms has been named after gin botanicals – Juniper, Angelica, Cassia, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle and Poppy – and is situated in the quintessentially English Gillman’s Cottage, a Grade-II listed former Ale House adjacent to the restaurant and bar.
The rooms blend period features with a contemporary finish and are loaded with mesmerising technology, a particular highlight being the disco-lit ambience of the stunning bathrooms.
Guests can expect all the trappings of a luxury boutique hotel, from kingsized beds with high thread counts to individually controlled air conditioning, Nespresso coffee machines, mini Riva bars, private steam rooms, and bathrooms with underfloor heating and fluffy robes. Two of the suites can inter-connect, making them ideal for families.
The cosy restaurant and bar, with its nooks for quiet, private dining, serve up traditional British food with a sommelier on hand for the perfect wine match. The