“A traditional tea room and licensed eatery, Badgers Hall is owned by husband and wife, Paul Owens and Karen Pinfold. Interestingly, he’s a former stone mason turned chef and she’s a professional with experience in finance turned innkeeper/hostess.
One thing to know before going to Badgers Hall is that they do not accept debit or credit cards. They’ll direct you to a cash machine in the center of town if you’re a little short.
Stepping down into this cozy space dominated by a huge fireplace, more decorative than functional, feels like a step back in time. Heat and scents that make you want to inhale all the deeper, are provided by the AGA stove Paul keeps busy in the kitchen. In nice weather, try to get a seat on the friendly patio out back.
We had two top notch meals at the Hall while staying in Chipping Campden, lunch and high tea.
My lunch choice was Soup and Sandwich (£10.95), an AGA baked and hand carved Ham Sandwich was served with a small, but chock full of veggies, garden salad and a wedge of probably the best granary bread I’d had in a long time. The carrot and coriander soup made with vegetable stock and thickened with potatoes and onions had a deep, rich flavor. Yum!
Tea on a Tier
Served every day at Badgers Hall. We were NOT disappointed in the two tiers of savory and sweet scones, cream, jam, “melted chocolate”, “crumbled biscuits”, cake, “lemon drizzle”, “tiffin“, sandwiches, fruit (apples, cherries) and nuts. Portioned generously, we left with plenty for a shared snack later that evening.
Reservations are a good idea as they do get lots of walk-ins as well as bus tours.
Badgers Hall is also an Inn. Wonder what it would be like to smell all that goodness wafting up to the rooms above? I’d probably have sweet dreams every night!