update and add inns on a daily basis, but not all are mentioned here, this
page gives a general idea of the latest news and additions, particularly
of some of the more spectacular places we discover.
List of the latest inns to be added.
Update 29 March 2004
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from the Fat Badgers
|15 December 2003
major changes but an amendment to our page on Piers
as the new owner of Colwyn Bay Pier has informed us of his purchase. If
you think you can help in the restoration, why not visit their website.
|08 December 2003
second visit to Fanny's Ale & Cider House
in Shipley, West Yorkshire has prompted their entry onto the guide. The
only reason it wasn't included after the first visit was due to severe
memory loss and inability to operate a camera with whilst in possession of
an awful lot of alcohol.
We've just received some long
awaited news regarding the Fat Badgers dipping toes into the world of pub
ownership. Ownership should be complete on the 13th January 2004 so expect
one inn in the UK to receive a little more information on here than all
the rest. Although there is much work to be done at this particular
establishment, rest assured - many people will be amazed when they find
out which inn we've bought.
Sadly, we've had to remove the
Cock & Bottle Inn in Bradford from the guide as it's been boarded up
for the last few months. This place was an absolute gem - the only pub in
Britain owned by the church with a wonderful Victorian interior. We
understand that it is now for sale and hopefully it will reopen in the
|27 November 2003
been very busy recently - but in pub visits rather than web site changes.
Our latest favourite is the Boot Inn
in Worcestershire. Two Fat Badgers joined a group of 30+ for a Sunday
lunch and were very impressed with the food quality especially as the chef
had to cope with such large numbers.
|10 November 2003
for pointing out that we now have our own Island in the South Pacific
Barry. We are indeed a Nation
State and a copy of our initial entry into the official league of
Nation States can be found on our Grand Duchy
Page. We have of course requested to join the United Nations. The UN is
the world's governing body. It proposes and votes on resolutions, which
are then binding on all member nations. We as Fat Badgers plan to abide by
most rules they can think up, we retain our Vito of rules that we don't
like very much !
|02 October 2003
had wondered why we've not received any suggestions for inns for us to
include recently and then found out that our 'Suggest
an Inn' form had stopped working. We apologise if you've sent us lots
of suggestions - they're floating around in space somewhere. The form is
now working correctly again.
|02 October 2003
have a number of photo's taken by many of the Fat Badgers ready to be
added to a CD collection if required. Some of which have been taken by Fat
Badger Brett, who is the only full time professional Badger
photographer. We have also added some further information on one or two
inns around the UK but due to excessive testing of establishments
recently, a backlog has occurred. We hope to add these in the near
We recently visited what we thought was to be
a smashing country inn and even took a photo before crossing the doorstep.
We then noticed the sign saying "Wayside Inns" - we assumed, a
'chain pub'. Being part of a chain isn't always a bad thing as we do
feature the occasional chain pub which offers excellent service. We were
however particularly dismayed to find that this particular establishment
took an eternity to finally serve us with drinks from their poorly kept
selection. The food that we were then served, was cold, rubbery and
tasteless. Fat Badger's Buttle, DJ
& Kilo were all present along
with other Non Badgers to then fall into a top quality Indian restaurant
the following day - only to find the service even worse - so bad that we
had £100 knocked off our bill ! We finally found a good inn at Wootton
Wawen - the Bulls Head although they only do a small menu on a Sunday
We've added some sample wallpapers to our wallpaper page
due to many requests for a preview of what we're likely to be offering on
CD. These are certainly not the best shots as none of them were taken by
our professional photographer.
We were hoping to add some inns on the Isle of Man
as four Fat Badgers intended sailing across as it's too far to swim.
Unfortunately and not because we were informed that both Douglas &
Ramsey are dumps full of ugly people - we'll inspect them for ourselves
one day, but those feisty Badgers never made it to the island. We
ended up in Kirkcudbright in Scotland where we tried a few inns but are
unlikely to add any to this guide. We had a good meal in the Gordon House
Hotel although we had to eat it in the horrible smoky public bar as the pleasant
front lounge had no free tables.
good old British weather whipped up a force
8 gale which was blowing in the wrong direction and would have not
only taken us an age to get there but may have turned us into the Fat
Badgers equivalent of Tony Bullimore. (The English yachtsman who nearly
died when he was trapped inside his 'Open 60' when it capsized
during the 1997 Vendee Globe round the World solo race.) As it was, one of
our sails was ripped from the rigging (click photo - that's a wave NOT
the horizon !) and Fat
Badger Roy, on his first experience of sailing, spent 8 hours honking
into the Irish sea !)
Fat Badgers Kilo, Ade
& Stakesy spent an evening
trying out pubs in Baildon, West Yorkshire recently along with a lunchtime
visit to a country inn where they experienced rubbery chicken &
microwave pie which any school dinner lady might have been proud of. The
evening in Baildon was was uneventful although Badger Kilo managed to
drink two pubs dry of Timothy Taylor Landlord whilst he & Stakesy
celebrated their visit to watch Bradford Bulls beat Leeds Rhinos 22-21 to
clinch the Rugby league premiership title. Whilst no pubs worth any great
mention were found in Baildon, the local Taxi firm, funnily enough called
Baildon Taxis provided superb entertainment in explaining the new paint
job in the taxi office - apparently it's based on Picasso's blue period.
Badger Kilo followed up the following morning with his
second visit to the Boar's Head in Ripley,
North Yorkshire, where he was royally entertained by owner, Sir Thomas
Ingilby. The Boar's Head is the epitome of our view of the perfect inn.
The service, food, ales and building are all of top quality and the only
thing missing from our 'Perfect Inn' is - it's
not thatched. Being adjacent to and under the same ownership as Ripley
Castle, thatch may not look right so along with not seeing a single wasp,
it's just about perfect. The Boar's Head is one seventeenth of 'The
Great Inns of Britain', a selection of some of the finest inns in the
country who've formed their own little club of top quality establishments
which we are proud to be associated with. We
already list many of the seventeen and intend to visit the remaining inns
in the near future. We think they're so good that they deserve their own
special symbol on our guide.
We've upgraded the Fountain
near Dudley to highly recommended after paying a visit & informing the
owner that we'd upgraded his establishment only to find that we had
forgotten to re-upload the Staffordshire
page ! It's a delight to find establishments that strive to continue to
improve their service especially after one or two Fat Badgers have
experienced inns in decline in recent weeks.
a hectic few weeks ahead with many items to be added to the site and a few
trips planned visiting establishments around the U.K. Four Fat Badgers are
soon to be testing one or two inns on the Isle of Man. Unfortunately all
of these will have to be near harbours as their only mode of transport is
a yacht and paws. Hopefully as we don't have a resident Fat Badger on the
island, the trip will whet the appetite to go back with a more appropriate
mode of transportation.
Fat Badger Kathy has decided she is now clever enough to
learn how to add to this news page and with the same breath, announces a
long holiday. So maybe we'll add a review of all the best beaches in the Caribbean
It's now nearly a month since Fat
Badger Pezza joined the Clan and he's single handedly failed to
nominate a single pub - not even his local. Photographs have been passed
onto us from an unknown source, showing a time when Badger Pezza tested so
much ale that he mislaid two whole days and has never found them. It is
understood that the photos show Badger Pezza having to re-learn how to put
his trousers on again. There are worse shots though, but it is believed
that they've been passed onto Playgirl magazine.
what a sorry state, we're about to add a couple of inns after a very
interesting day. A sudden inspection trip was heading for Derbyshire when
an about turn sent a couple of Fat Badgers to mid Wales instead. Being
without any Badger details for the area our helpless Badgers ended up
using a 2003 AA good pub guide to find a lunch stop. A tired dirty
building, very slow service, NO beer and all but ONE dish on the menu
being 'off' they walked out and went to the local Spar for a sandwich
! This bad experience did however force them to venture further into
Wales where they eventually reached the coast, only to find that the cloud
had lifted, the views were so much better than the misleading comments
about the views from the AA guide and the standard of establishment - a
million times better.
We appreciate that inns can change and no doubt there will be those on the
Fat Badgers guide that change but at least we can amend our guide when we
find out. Whilst not completely rubbishing the AA as they feature some
excellent places also - one tends to feel, they'll include any crap pub if
the right money is offered !
They then tried a pub from Camra's good beer guide on the
return journey and had an atrocious meal - however it was cheap and the
beer was O.K.
We've added the excellent Plockton
Hotel in the Scottish Highlands after a recent visit and added photos
to the fantastic Applecross inn. Both are
'Must Visits' for the locations alone and both do excellent food. We'll
also be adding an excellent inn in Pitlochory soon, once we've sorted out
who's got the photograph !
We've now added the delightful
Pilchard Inn in Devon after
3 Fat Badgers paid a visit last month. Sadly the Sea Tractor was out of
action so we could only stay for a quick pint, otherwise we'd have been
very drunk indeed as the ales were perfect on a hot summers day. We've
also upgraded the Tower Inn at Slapton to Highly recommended following our
third visit. A number of Fat Badgers visited the Millbrook Inn via a couple of putt putt boats from Salcombe. Thankfully, Fat Badgers
Kilo & Buttle made the
trip in an open top sports car with wet weather gear for the others and
got there early enough to be able to sample what Fat Badger Kilo says were
the best crab sandwiches he's ever tasted - and he's eaten a lot of crabs
in his time.
When looking for new inns to add to the Fat Badgers guide,
we're very reliant on members of the public and indeed inns themselves,
using the 'Suggest an inn' page. It is however,
much more rewarding for us when we find good quality establishments by
accident. When they are as good as the Churston
Court Inn, an establishment where Fat
Badger Kilo spotted a small sign by the side of the A3022, it is
especially exciting. The Churston Court is the sort of inn which you are guaranteed
to mention it to friends for the first few weeks after your visit.
also added the Mount Pleasant in
Wombourne after Fat Badgers Buttle, Kilo
& DJ had a meal there last
night. We were intending to try a newly refurbished inn close by but a
combination of busy trade and car breakdown forced us to divert to the
Mount Pleasant. We have previously tried this establishment for a drink
and found it to be very good, but the food was of excellent quality and
the service, some of the best we've come across in a while. Three of our
party even managed to get a lift to the pub after breaking down, from a
friendly taxi service with a blue light on top of the car. They can be
contacted on Wombourne 999 !
Sir Thomas Ingilby inadvertently made us realise that
following our server problems earlier in the year we'd lost the
changes made to Norfolk inns. We've partly
rectified this by adding some of the photos that were missing and have
amended details of some of the inns including adding the Three
Horseshoes. More changes will be made in the next
We're still making changes to the website & the latest
is the new Blog (seen on the right) where hopefully, some of the Fat
Badgers who are brainy enough to work it out may be leaving little
messages - no not THAT sort of little message.
We've also been paying more visits to inns and will be
adding a few in the next few days or so.
We have also added a new Fat Badger to the Clan. Fat
Badger Pezza has been taken on board to cover the area which has been
vacated By Fat Badger Ade's move to Yorkshire although he'll no doubt be
suggesting the Stag in Bloxwich which has had a change of ownership and
serves Badger Pezza with as much real ale as he can drink.
We've been very busy little Badgers recently with visits
to establishments in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Devon. Our database is
being worked on at the moment and a few new establishments will be added
soon. One of which, an 11th Century inn was found purely by accident - and
what a fantastic place it turned out to be.
We're also waiting for news on an exciting little project which we may be
involved in which, if all goes to plan, will add a certain amount of bias
where one establishment is concerned !
|07 July 2003
A few more
cosmetic changes have been made along with the addition of one or two more
'Portraits' of our Clan including our very own partist, Fat
Badger Gary. Badger Gary had drawn a self portrait but it had been
rolled up and stored in an attic for 122 years before being discovered by Fat
Badger Barry whilst truffle hunting on a Wednesday afternoon. It
appears that Badger Gary had left a pencil drawing to gain dust and value
but unfortunately Fat Badger Kilo
has coloured it up and reduced its' value to half a million Lira. (About
We've added some info to our tourist ideas pages and following a second
complaint of an establishment in Derbyshire being pants - have removed it
from the guide. We will of course pay a visit in the near future, but by
all accounts - we won't be eating there !
It is of course a crying shame when inns fall by the wayside but
infuriating when they do so when having the advantage of fantastic views
or tourist attractions nearby which other establishments don't have the
We are paying a visit to the Olde Trip
to Jerusalem in the next few days where we really hope that this will
prove the opposite. This pub has a duty to impress, as not many
establishments can have the luxury of a claim such as being the Oldest
inn in Britain - A title which will almost certainly keep this inn
listed in the Fat Badgers Guide as it is 'worth a
|22 June 2003
A few cosmetic changes have been made to the site along with some
changes to pub details. We've finally changed the bit of 'flash' on the
front page which wasn't working properly and we've added a page on our
future intention to create a CD full of Screen Savers & Wallpapers - Click
for more details Once again we're about to take part in a fund raising
golf event to raise money for Unicef
|28 May 2003
A quick update of inns in Devon visited by some of the Fat Badgers last
year but they were too drunk to remember where they put their notes and
where the film from the camera was. This has now been rectified and the Ferry
Inn, The Thurlestone Inn and the Hope
& Anchor have finally been added.
|26 May 2003
A visit to a few establishments in West Yorkshire resulted in no new
additions to the county as all those suggested to us were quite mediocre.
We had a good meal at Dick Hudson's at Eldwick although this is an 'Innkeeping
with Tradition' pub where the menu was the same as it is in all of their
establishments & the beer bland. The location would probably make this
pub worthy of an inclusion in this guide and certainly it is worth a visit
if you enjoy looking at very pretty waitresses during your meal (they are
pleasant and efficient too !) but unfortunately our experience of this
place confirmed our views on the attitude of the 'chain' pubs. When Fat
Badger Stakesy (a very fussy eater - it has to be said) asked for the
Beef & Ale pie marked up on the chalkboard, he was told that he could
only eat the pie in the evening - a good two hours away after politely
pleading that it would cure his hangover and he really 'needed' a pie - he
was told "It's too much Pfaff" !
|13 May 2003
We've added a few inns and updated some with photos after recent
visits. A visit to the Queens Head at Tirril
in Cumbria was as good as expected although the barman wasn't keen to hold
for a food order after two O'clock (Lunchtime) despite being told that the
other Fat Badger was less than two minutes away and driving as fast as he
could. (You didn't know badgers could drive did you ?) However the food
was good and the ale was excellent.
|13 May 2003
Well we've had a few inns suggested recently and the Fat Badgers have
been out & about doing a fair bit of testing. Unfortunately some
people's idea of a quality inn isn't quite to the standard we expect as Fat
badger Dave was directed to the smelliest & dirtiest of places
he's ever been to - and he's been to some very smelly & dirty places !
Thankfully we continue to locate places ourselves which continue to
enhance our view that the UK is home to some of the World's best eating
& drinking establishments. We were pleased to be present when we
joined aspiring Fat Badgers 'Lozza' Lawrence, 'Stotty' Karim & 'Wooley'
Rees to a visit to a floating Mediterranean restaurant in La Spezia, Italy
for a superb meal which was matched by our newest Favourite
inn, The Craw Inn located just over the
Scottish Border, when Fat Badgers Kilo
& Buttle passed through on a
visit to the Highlands. The only difference was that one was basking in
blazing sunshine & the other was caught in the middle of a huge
downpour ! You Guess !!!
|29 April 2003
Well we're finally getting there although the 'Big Hard disc crash of
2003' has resulted in some of the inns' details being lost from our
database. They're still present on the website though so don't panic
Captain Mainwaring - it's just a long hard process for us to replace all
the information lost.
The 'Suggest an Inn' page is now back up &
running and we thank everyone who donated information by snail mail, phone
calls & carrier pigeon. If you suggested somewhere and it hasn't
appeared - we apologise and would ask you to submit your suggestion again
and hopefully it will now appear, unless of course you suggest an inn that
is pants !
|23 March 2003
We've had our usual busy start to the year with many of the Fat Badgers
away skiing the Alps, so updating the site has been on the slow side.
We're all back now so hopefully there'll be lots of new information added
including many of the inns we visited last year which were never added due
to server problems.
Following an email from Matthew Torrens, we've now amended our Facts
'n' Figures page to reflect that there is more than two inns which
claim to be the oldest in the UK - and consequently added an Oldest
Inn in Britain page which we've been meaning to add for ages. Thanks
|22 February 2003
The Fat Badgers have finally managed to ditch the crap ISP which were
hosting our website. We now own our server and will have full control over
updates to the site from now on.