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 05 June 2005
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from the Fat Badgers
|22 September 2004
Another update again !!! Surely Not ?
As mentioned, we have visited a number of 'younger'
venue's over the summer. (some of our Badgers are fast heading towards
middle age and are trying to cling onto their youth)
A number of Fat Badgers finally boarded the 'the Nightclub
Bus' from Salcombe to Kingsbridge in Devon after promising to visit
'Fusion' nightclub for years. Although everyone else on the bus was half
their age, they managed to grab 'the naughty seats' at the back of the bus
and boogied away to the sounds of the eighties ?? in Fusion. A number of
Badgers were heard to be muttering - "I thought I was going to a
rave" on the journey back to Salcombe.
Fat Badgers Stakesy,
& Kilo along with Guest
Badgeretts (as it appears we now have them ?) Kristie & Kelly paid a
visit to the City of Manchester recently. Although we are unlikely to be
adding any new inns to the guide, we did have a very interesting evening
in the young & trendy bars in the city centre.
Apart from an interesting time in 'Teazers' where we along
with most other customers we told off by the bouncers for leaning too far
over the balcony, holding drinks too far away from the body, taking a
mobile phone call in the wrong area in the bar, wearing a cardigan and
chewing gum we also spent some time in 'Satan's Hollow' - a very strangely
decorated bar which plays host to much live music. This was however, the
highlight of the weekend (as well as some of us watching Bradford Bulls
thrash St. Helen's 64-24 in the Rugby League). We listened to a superb
band named Mohair - visit their website Mohairmusic.com
Watch this band - if you don't already know the name, remember it - we
think they're gonna be big and we recommend that you go to one of their
gigs to see for yourself - In fact go to the press
area of their website and listen to a bit of 'End of the Line' and
'Brown Eyes Blue' The Best tracks Fat Badger Kilo reckons he's heard since
he bought Alice
Martineau's album - and he's a really old git !
|21 september 2004
has been brought to our attention that there are some people wandering
around pubs claiming to be Fat Badgers and trying to entice bar staff into
serving late drinks or even inviting them to accompany them to the local
nightclub or for a meal. The ONLY bona fide Fat Badgers are those that
appear on the 'About Us' page on this site. We
do occasionally allow guest Badgers to join us for a drink and they may be
deemed to be Badgers for the night - this doesn't automatically
indoctrinate them into the Fat Badger Clan. We heard about a worrying
story from Abbie, A very nice young barmaid working at the Mount
Pleasant in Wombourne. A rather elderly gentlemen had convinced her
that he was a Badger and had agreed that she could be a Badgerette. When
she found out that he was a cad, she immediately resigned from the pub and
went into hiding and has not been seen since. Please warn your daughter's
to wary of any dodgy looking Badger imposters.
|20 september 2004
again we've been fantastically busy over recent weeks - but sadly with
visiting inns rather than updating the website. Nick Richardson contacted
us to let us know that the Kings Arms in Henley on Thames closed ages ago
and BT had now re-allocated their number to his mother who was getting
lots of calls from people wanting to pop round for a pint. Although we
never featured the pub on the Fat Badgers guide, we did have it listed as
a pub on the 'Focus' page on Henley - so
humble apologies to all concerned. This has now been rectified.
Recent visits by the Fat Badgers since the last update
have been to the area around Silverstone in Northamptonshire, Salcombe in
Devon, Bradford & Ilkley in West Yorkshire, Llandudno area in north
Wales, Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Llantrywd Wells in Powys and
Hopefully you'll understand the type of quality
establishment we're trying to promote but that doesn't mean that we'll
avoid trying out the young & trendy establishments which exist. More
|11 July 2004
visiting a number of inns in Oxfordshire, we
have finally updated the page. In total, 6 Fat Badgers have made
inspections in the county and have only needed to remove one inn. We were
originally advised by Peter Allen to include the Mason'
Arms in South Leigh and did so as Mr Allen seemed to understand the
quality of establishment we were looking for - How wrong could we be, the
Mason's was far better than we expected. It is simply one of those
establishments that has to be visited to appreciate something a bit
special. One pub which appears in all the good pub guides is the Trout
Inn which we include as it is located in a simply stunning position on
the Thames but try the White Hart just
two miles away, the food is a million times better.
Three Fat Badgers recently visited a few pubs in Gosport
in Hampshire - A very strange evening indeed. Gosport was in the middle of
a pop festival laid on by the Borough Council. One pub appeared to be
undergoing a pub brawl which we witnessed from a different establishment,
the one we were drinking in would only serve the locals with plastic
glasses although we we trusted with real glass. Another pub which served
great ales had a very mixed clientele, a very drunken loud slapper who
decided to take her bra off and put it in her handbag to play darts whilst
shouting across the pub to the local vicar. The evening was rounded off by
watching (for as short a time as we could stomach) The elderly Rubettes on
the quayside who mimed for much of their performance, which the strange
looking people of Gosport appeared to enjoy anyway.
|26 June 2004
recent fundraising event for the Dian
Fossey Fund, a charity set up to try & save Mountain Gorillas went
very successfully. The aim was to get enough Mountain Gorillas on skis to
clock up 100 miles.
This was achieved with the help of three Fat Badgers who
became Gorillas for a few hours. Approximately £5,000 was raised towards
the cause which will now also help Lowland Gorillas which are seriously in
point during the event, held at Xscape
indoor ski slope in Castleford, West Yorkshire, all Gorillas gathered at
the slope summit and at the sound of a klaxon, proceeded to race to the
bottom. It may have been a little unfair as the Fat Badgers have had
hundreds of miles of experience in the Alps, skiing whilst wearing a
Gorilla mask, but needless to say we didn't let the Fat Badgers down,
taking both first & second place !
|20 June 2004
additions include the Yachtsman's Bar at the
Master Builders Hotel in Hampshire,
updates to Hertfordshire and The
Isle of Wight and The Clachaig Inn
located in the Scottish Highands amongst other
minor modifications. We've updated the pages which list Pubs
close to water, Pubs near Motorways
and Pubs with Accommodation and
we've finally got around to updating the list of inns
added recently that is linked at the top of this page but rarely gets
|25 May 2004
We have now set up an online sponsor page for our up and
coming skiing event with the Dian
Fossey Fund, Please help us to raise lots of cash to help save
the Mountain Gorillas from extinction by donating at The
Fat Badgers Donation page.
|25 May 2004
The Fat Badgers have recently helped out in sponsoring the
Shropshire MGF run held on Sunday 23rd May by the F
Register. One of our latest finds, the Inn at
Grinshill featured prominently as the lunch stop on what was a
magnificent procession of MG cars tootling around Shropshire. Funds were
raised to help Hope
House Children's Hospice, the Inn at Grinshill's nominated charity.
least three Fat Badgers will also be taking part in raising funds for the Dian
Fossey Fund, a charity set up to try & save Mountain Gorillas.
This is a charity very dear to our hearts as Four of our Fat Badgers,
regularly don Gorilla suits to ski around the Alps without being
recognised. The latest fundraising effort by the fund is to aim to get 100
Gorillas skiing at Castleford real snow ski slope. In fact, the photograph
on the fund's website where you can sign up to take part - is actually
Four Fat Badgers ! Sign
up for this event. For those that don't know, in
1963 Dian Fossey, an occupational therapist from Kentucky, in uncertain
health, travelled to central Africa to study the vanishing mountain
gorillas and was ultimately murdered by poachers as she tried to protect
them. The classic film "Gorillas in the Mist" told the story
with Dian played by Sigourney Weaver.
|18 May 2004
Once again we've been slow in updating the site as we've
been too busy travelling around the UK testing out a few establishments.
Look out for additions to many parts of Scotland, Hampshire & the Isle
of Wight and Oxfordshire. Sadly we have to report the removal of two inns.
One which was recommended to us either by the Landlord or one of his
regulars and sadly we trusted his review and believed the write up on
their website. Having tried to visit the pub once before and finding it
shut, Fat Badgers Stakesy and Ade
were persuaded to try out what turned out to be a dirty horrible little
place with no real ales and no sign of a bottle of wine in the
establishment. Two pints of Carling & a Guinness later & we were
out of there.
A clan of Fat Badgers recently visited a number of inns
along the River Thames and found some absolutely dreadful service - one of
which was on this guide and is now living on past reputation and privileged
location and so has been removed - luckily it has been replaced by three
exceptionally good inns.
Sadly, it has been brought to our attention that another
so called pub guide on the internet is filled with photographs stolen from
the Fat Badgers Guide - please note that ALL pub photographs on this guide
are taken by our Fat Badgers (and are
copyrighted to us) on their travels and therefore the establishment
has been tested by us. This other guide is being run by someone who sits
at a computer all day copying photos from us and other guides and then
tries to get the pub to pay them for it. If you wish to trust websites
like them then so be it - but we think you're smarter than that !
|26 April 2004
have added what may turn out to be the find of 2004. An unplanned visit by
Fat Badgers Kilo & Buttle
with Guest Badger Jools to the Inn at
Grinshill in Shropshire turned out to be
a very pleasant experience.
Very rarely do we find a level of friendly service on this
scale, but when we do, it's never the last time we visit. The waiting of
tables is an art form when it's as good as it is at the inn at Grinshill -
a smile always goes a long way. The proprietors Kevin And Victoria Brazier
seem to have time to chat to every customer who walks through the door
whether they are first timers or regulars. The Inn at Grinshill is one of
those 'must visit' inns.
|13 April 2004
we're getting there ! We've spent the last six months visiting
establishments and neglected updating the site. We're about half way
through the updating now and have added inns in Berkshire,
Devon, Gwynedd, Hampshire,
Isle of Wight, Kent, Worcestershire,
Lincolnshire and Northumberland.
We've also removed an inn in Surrey as it's now a
Thai restaurant - See we told you we'd been busy !
We've still got more to add which will be completed soon.
Our Favourites that we've added or amended from the above
list are the George Hotel of Stamford
in Lincolnshire and the Moulin Hotel In
Tayside. The George was already listed following a recommendation but Fat
Badgers Kilo & Reno
paid a visit to have a look for themselves and were blown away with the
quality. The Moulin was not so much recommended to us but two Fat Badgers
were taken there almost by accident and were very pleasantly surprised.
Trying to get on track with updating the site, we've
updated the Norfolk page by adding the Gamekeeper
Inn and the newly found web address of the Lord
|28 March 2004
Fat Badgers have been travelling all over the UK testing out
establishments to add to the guide and visiting one or two which we've
tried before. Grumpy Old Badger has been
moaning an awful lot recently particularly about television phone in
quizzes and we'll update his page as soon as Fat
Badger Reno can find his notepad!
We've also taken lots
of photos which we're sorting out at the moment and luckily we've not lost
the shots taken by Fat Badger Kilo
when he fell over on Beer
beach in Devon during the recent storms, smashing his camera in the
process. Although to be truthful, it wasn't the funniest of his two falls
within the space of 10minutes but it was better than Neil Kinnock's as he
performed a back flip whilst full of Abbot Ale.
|27 March 2004
the first update of the site this year but we've been too busy to update
the news pages. This will be amended soon.