I am a huge fan of Byron Burger, having visited their Oxford branch a while back (sadly I had not started blogging at this point). However, when a friend and I went to the o2 Arena for a rock concert, I snapped up the chance to try out Byron again. Having begun around 2007, there are now over 50 branches, with a handful planned to open up this year. “Fresh cuts, always medium and squishy buns”, Byron has it there for you on a plate. Literally.
Double Bacon Cheese – Normally I don’t go for doubles, as the singles fill a hole perfectly and it saves on using cutlery (because if you use a knife and fork with a burger, you are cheating and don’t deserve to eat a burger). Oh and because my mouth isn’t quite big enough for it, but tonight I fancied a treat. I’d seen a double go past me and I had to try it. And it was bloody brilliant. Their website does not lie. The patties were the right balance of juicy and flavoursome, and the bun accompanied them brilliantly. The cheese was oozing with flavour and it left a gorgeous taste in my mouth. What a top burger. It’s hard to beat a Byron.
Going for a double, I didn’t fancy too much in the way of sides, especially with a concert coming up. Instead I went for a cider and shared chips with my friend. I apologise for the lack of food being discussed here. I can tell you now the chips are great, you can’t go wrong. They’re the perfect balance between skinny and fat, with the right amount of salt and flavour. On the drinks menu, I fancied something other than water, so I went for a Thatchers Old Rascal cider. It was crisp, cold and a perfect accompaniment to the burger.
It was fairly early on in the evening, so it wasn’t too busy, but it wasn’t empty either. We had our choice of where to sit, and the staff were very attentive from the off. The ordering process was swift and the food arrived in good time. You can’t fault the service, but I rarely find Byron lacking on service so nothing new here.
Even though this is located within the o2, it’s still got the personality of your typical Byron. The interior is smartly decorated with a relaxed vibe. Stylish wooden flooring, neon signs and spacious seating, it’s definitely up there with one of the nicer restaurants I have been to. Being in the o2, the majority of people who end up going here will probably be off to a concert or a show, so the people who surround you may differ per night, but tonight, this was no issue and everyone seemed happy to be here.
Considering you’re in the o2, and that normally means an extortionate mark up on food and services, I was pleasantly surprised when the bill came. For the service, food and location, the price is very fair if not competitive. Roughly £15 for a double burger and a cider, you can’t complain with that can you? I don’t remember how prices faired compared to the Oxford branch, but I don’t remember them being any different, so it’s good to see Byron keeping consistent pricing.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.