I’ve only gone and done it, I’ve ventured north of the wall! It’s taken me 25 years, but I finally managed to get to Edinburgh. And there’s no way I could have not ventured to a burger joint whilst on my travels is there? Stumbled past Burger and Beer, and I was sold.
The Joe Pesci – 8oz of pure beef, stuffed with salami, smoked cheddar and garlic mayo. For me personally, anything above a 6oz, and you lose the juiciness that belongs in a good burger. This was no different, with 8oz being a tad on the dry side. It was still a good burger, but it just missed that oomph. The bun was different, it was a wholemeal-seeded type bun, but they do say baked by a local French bakery, so I understand the vibe they’re aiming for.
Upgrade to sweet potato fries? Yes please. It had to be done. Edinburgh, you have provided me with the nicest sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. I wish I was exaggerating. Perfect width, perfect length, perfect outer ‘tato, perfect inner ‘tato – they were lovely.
We were greeted and treated all evening by a Scottish lady. I didn’t catch her name, but this young blonde lass was a delight and she gives the Scots a good name. She was very friendly and happy to help out, even lending our group phone chargers. It does state on the menu they allow free mobile charging, but to hand out three chargers – I’m impressed.
The front of this restaurant resembles a bank entrance, with its grand brick work architecture, but enter inside and the modern, wooden décor works very well. Decked out with Christmas decorations too, it felt like an upmarket burger joint, and the type of place you wouldn’t be ashamed to take a date. Oh and the music was superb too (indie vibe).
At £11.95 just for the burger, this was quite steep in price. You could tell they were going for the upmarket vibe, but when you get sides and drinks, you end up paying £20 roughly. It’s quite a lot for a burger meal. Here was me thinking Scotland would be on the cheap side – Although I suppose this was Edinburgh..
After the last few reviews, you’re probably sat there thinking ‘where all ya good burgers gone?!’. Well, safe to say 7 Bone in Camberley has been an absolute treat. I’ve heard remarkable things about their branch in Southampton, so when this one opened up near me (on my birthday), I just had to go. This was definitely the perfect burger joint to resurrect the disappointment that has been the last few burgers.
Robert Johnston – A juice 6oz patty, stuffed with cheese, truffled garlic shrooms and truffle mayo, this might just be the nicest burger I’ve ever encountered. The flavours combined superbly, and this was a very appetizing, juicy, sublime burger, which oozed with delight in your mouth. The brioche style bun was top notch too. What. A. Burger. I found my 10/10..
The basket was loaded with chips, or seasoned fries as they are listed on the menu. There’s a touch of paprika on them, but they were good. There were perhaps too many, so I struggled to finish them off (I was disappointed with myself) but they went well with the burger. The menu had mac ‘n’ cheese balls and wings, so I know what I will be trying next time.
Attending on opening day, I was unsure as to what to expect, but I was mightily impressed by the staff. However, can they keep this up as time goes on? Friendly, chatty and knowledgeable, they certainly made you feel welcome. The food arrived in good time and when more drinks were needed, there wasn’t a 7 boner far away.
With neon lighting and retro cinema style lettering out front, I just knew this place would look good inside too. It was the first day, so everything was new, fresh and clean so it’s hard to fault the place. There was an industrial look inside with wood and metal furnishings mixed with a dark ambience. It was apt for a burger joint.
There was a special deal on, where you got the burger, chips and a drink for roughly £10 so it was a steal. Not just because of the price, but the quality of food also - it definitely doesn’t reflect in the price, and they could probably justify charging slightly higher (please don’t).
Another pub affair, this time a hungry horse going by the name of ‘The Trooper Potts’. Situated near to Reading FC’s Madejski stadium, I’ve found myself walking past, admiring the modern, open window layout. With Christmas approaching, the decorations were up, and I couldn’t resist going inside this time.
Cheese Beef Burger – I’ll be honest with you, this burger was very dry. I was pretty disappointed at just how dry it was. It’s almost like the burger was (over) cooked, then hung out to dry on a washing line in the basking sun. The bun was no better, crumbling in my hands and the sauce (even after I added extra) just did not save this poor burger from getting a very mediocre score.
I upgraded to sweet potato fries, and this did save my meal as a whole. I actually preferred them to the burger. They were lovely. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, just how a sweet ‘tato chip should be. I also treated myself to a pretty cheap cider, but again, usual pub affair, you can’t go too wrong here.
It was fairly busy, and having been greeted on the door by a very friendly man, we were shown to our table. Maybe the introduction of allocated seating was designed to take this pub upmarket? Either way, the staff on the whole were very pleasant. Similar to my last post, you had to order at the bar, and it took no time at all getting our order in. The food arrived pretty quick (15-20 minutes) so that was top.
The Trooper Potts was a very modern, clean pub, with a bright interior (the building half covered in windows) so it was very comfortable to sit back and relax in. Their Christmas decorations had already been put up, so it looked a pretty sight with fairy lights lining the place. I imagine if you came here on Saturday, you might be in the midst of a pre-football game piss up, so choose your timing wisely.
It was pretty cheap, with my meal coming in at under £7, but I’m not even sure my burger was worth that. I’ve had burgers from a fast food van oozing more taste than this. Never the less, it’s a very affordable pub and I would definitely come back here – just for a pint me thinks.
I often drive past this pub, not expecting much in the way of sublime food (it is Tilehurst after all). But having been drawn in by an online marketing campaign, and what looked like a quadrouple burger, I felt obliged to give this place a go.
Pit Burger - There is a distinct commonality between pub burgers. Perhaps it’s the way they have been cooked, but I find they’re often dry or overcooked. Sadly this was no exception. 6oz beef burger, stacked with pulled pork, smoked brisket, oak-smoked sausage and mac ‘n’ cheese – sounds great right? However, the brisket and sausage just ruined the flavour and added to the dryness. Once I took those out, it was much better, but I am a sucker for mac ‘n’ cheese.
I’m slowly realising just how great starters can be. Alas, this time round, I didn’t get any (next time). But the chips were pretty standard. They got cold fairly quickly, but were sort of your standard pub chips.
For a busy pub, I had no complaints with the staff. They were all very friendly and attentive, and even the bar staff (you place your order at the bar) were friendly. I’m not sure why, but the food took a very long time to come (it was almost an hour before our food came), and as apologetic as the staff were, it was still a bit of a let-down when you’re borderline hangry (that word is now in the dictionary - they know).
Again, it was your standard pub affair - photo frames sprawled across every wall and carpet your nan would love, and although this place did have an area designated purely for eating, it could do with some modernising. It was clean, presentable and there was even a pool table for some post-food shooting.
This pub gets bonus points for their pricing. £8.50 all in, which given the burger I had (think about all the meat), it was a steal. You could probably pay close to £15 for something similar in a burger joint. I suppose there is that old saying ‘you get what you pay for’. My friend got wings on the side too, and they were under £4 for 8 so if you are looking for a cheap burger, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place.
I'm not one to normally put fast food burger chains on this blog, however, when myself and the chaps from Primrose ventured for lunch, I couldn't resist snapping away. KFC is a huge chicken establishment, and if you've not heard of it, do you live under a rock?
Fillet Tower Burger - 100% chicken breast fillet, with cheese, hash brown and ketchup, I often opt for this choice when I go to KFC. It's less greasy than chicken you pick up i.e. wings, and in my opinion is a lot nicer; the hash brown really adds to the flavour and texture. It's not that this is a bad burger, it's a great burger, but it's still fast food so it's hard for the fillet tower to top the rankings.
I got a meal today, so a small portion of fries and lemonade. The fries were quite dry and lukewarm, and the sides at KFC are fairly average. Then again, it's only fast food, so it was never going to go off the scale.
Again, it's hard to judge in comparison to most restaurants, simply because of the fast food nature of KFC. The lady that served me was friendly, I can't fault her. The food also came really quickly. You get a receipt with a number on, they call out your number, and you pick up your food, it's all straightforward stuff.
The Oxford Road branch was refurbished roughly a year ago, and transformed from a tired looking KFC to a modern, fresh, bright one. Light oak decor, bright lights, wall art and comfy leather seating, it's certainly up there with one of the better looking KFC's I have seen.
£4.89 for the meal, you can't go too wrong for this price. You get what you pay for, and you know what to expect. This was never going to rank #1 in BBBs burger list, but if you are a fan of chicken and don't fancy splashing out, I'd definitely give this burger a go. They also do a spicy version for those who need a kick.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.