All the inns that the Fat Badgers recommend are worth a visit for one reason or another. However some establishments are awarded
with a symbol to indicate that they have achieved a quality over and above average. An inn which is highly recommended not only
receives a 'spinning star', it's name bar turns to a burgundy colour.
Clicking the Home Page icon will open a new window with the Web Site which is owned by the inn itself. Here you will usually find lots more information on
their establishment, including opening times and sample menus. If you know that an inn has a web site and we haven't added a link to it - let us know and we'll
Many of the inns featured on the Fat Badgers guide to quality inns, have accommodation. We don't list prices as these are ever changing and there may
even be a tariff which takes up a whole page to cover all year round prices. If you're specifically looking for inns with accommodation - try the 'Accommodation
Where the inns listed on the Fat badgers guide serve exceptionally good quality food, we award them with a croissant symbol. This
might mean that menu prices are a little higher than the standard 'Chicken & Chips' type meals that many pubs serve. We would normally expect an above
average menu to have a reasonable wide choice and have dishes such as Duck and at least one Fish dish. We would expect the ingredients to be, where
possible, locally produced and be of good quality and cooked to perfection.
We would expect that an inn serving a dish such as :Rack of English Spring Lamb coated with Garlic and Herb Butter, Roasted and served with Provencal
Vegetables and Sautéed Potatoes to receive a croissant icon, however it is quite conceivable that a good old English Cottage pie would warrant an award if it
was of excellent quality. If the best thing on the menu is 'Scampi & Chips' - it's unlikely to inspire us to award a croissant icon.
Britain is well known for serving 'warm' beer. Traditional cask conditioned 'real' ale has been brewed for centuries in the British Isles
and when served properly, it is a joy to the tastebuds. There are a vast variety of Brewers brewing a wide range of differing ales in the country. Where an inn
serves exceptionally well kept cask ales we award a pint pot symbol. We would normally expect an inn to serve at least three different ales from different
breweries, however - sometimes that is not possible due to the size of cellar or more usually in the case of managed inn, restrictions placed by the brewery.
Although an inn doesn't have to sell a range of ales to gain a beer icon, it is likely that the inn's we list with the symbol, do.
Where an inn is also a brew pub - a pub that brews ales on the premises, or in an adjacent building, we award a cask symbol. This doesn't necessarily mean
that an inn with a cask symbol will also be awarded a pint pot symbol, however it's unlikely that an inn brewing it's own ales, wont know how to keep it properly. If
you come across an inn we list with a cask award but no pint pot award, it is most likely that we haven't yet had a Fat Badger available to go and test the beer !
We also show an icon if an inn is listed in the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) guide book. This doesn't necessarily mean that every single inn with the
Camra symbol is listed in the latest edition, as the guide is limited to 5000 pubs and inns lose their entry in the guide if there is a change of ownership / landlord.
This doesn't necessarily mean the quality of the ale suffers - it's just a rule they have. If we are made aware of an inn that has had it's entry removed - we will do
our best to visit and check for ourselves.
Down the centuries the British love of an open fire has never waned. To fan the flames of this passion the designers of the nations
buildings have made the fireplace a functional and decorative feature; a place of warmth and contentment. There is a lovely feeling to entering a British inn when
the distinctive smell of a real fire hits the nostrils and of course on a cold day, there is nothing better than settling in front of a roaring fire with a pint of traditional
ale. A real fire should ideally mean open to the room and burning half a tree ! although coal is also acceptable. Where inns have a real fire, we show a fire
Many inns allow parents to accompany their children. Usually this is in an eating environment, however some inns provide a seperate room for kids and
even playground equipment outside. We list those that are children friendly, although the amount of 'friendliness' can vary so if you need something specific - it's
always best to ring the inn and ask.
Dogs are often allowed into pubs but they are always expected to be quiet and well behaved animals. Some inns serving food may still allow dogs in but they
would normally not be allowed into an eating area itself.
Those inns which are located in spectacular locations such as overlooking the sea or on top mountains, receive a camera symbol to indicate their
surroundings. We expect an inn to have a well above average view to gain a camera symbol, although an inn sitting next to a picturesque babbling brook or in a
cobbled street in an ancient village could still gain an icon.
The predominant look of a typical British inn is a range of small tables with usually four simple chairs or small stools around each table.
There is usually some form of fixed seating, around the edges of the room. We award an armchair symbol if an inn has a superior level of comfort. This might
mean that the inn has a variety of armchairs and settees. It may also receive an award if the furniture is antique and worth a mention.
There are many Long Distance Paths that cross the British Isles, most of which pass through National Parks or Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB). National Trails are marked with arrows and an acorn symbol or a thistle in Scotland. Different coloured arrows denote the type of trail.
If an inn is within a National Park boundary, we award them an icon to show that they are.
Great Britian prides itself on its sporting history and achievements. If we know that an inn shows many live sporting events (rather than
just the local football team) we will award a sports TV symbol but this is VERY changeable so a minor symbol for us. We will also show this symbol if the pub has
another famous sporting connection.
If the inn is a Listed Building we show a ‘half timbered’ symbol.
Inns that are located within approximately 5 miles of a Motorway Junction - we award a motorway symbol. If you're specifically looking for an inn close to a
motorway junction - try the 'Motorway List'
Inns that are located within approximately 5 miles of a water feature, such as a lake or the sea, we award a 'ship's steering wheel' symbol. We will also
award the symbol for Canals and rivers, although we would normally expect these to be within walking distance. If you're specifically looking for an inn close to
water - try the 'Water List'
In the case of London inns and some in other counties which are close to London Underground Railway Stations (Tube Stations), we show the
Inns that are located close to tourist attractions are given a 'shield' symbol.
Where an inn listed on the site has some connection with somebody famous, we will award a 'Shakespeare' icon.
Where an inn is located close to a film or television location we add a symbol. If you know of any others - please let us know.
Where an inn is haunted (if you believe in that sort of thing) we’ll give it a little ghost symbol.
Where an inn has wheelchair access, we award a wheelchair symbol. We would only award the symbol if access is also available to the toilets but not
necessarily for any accommodation.
Although the Fat Badgers normally frequent inns and pubs, we occasionally come across top quality hotels which we think deserve a recommendation.
These hotels are often quite expensive and you would most likely be expected to dress smartly for dinner. We award a 'Top Hat' to show that the hotel is luxury.
Unfortunately there are many inns which don't necessarily offer a warm inviting welcome. This may purely be because they are too busy to notice that you've
arrived and are gasping for a pint ! Where we've experienced a welcome above average, we award a 'happy smiley barman' symbol. If any of the inns we list
don't have this symbol - it doesn't mean you won't be warmly welcomed. Remember, the nicer you are to them the nicer they are likely to be with you !
Where we feature an inn that has been granted the honour of being associated with the 'Great Inns' name, we show the Great Inns
symbol which is linked to the Great Inns Website.