Four years ago when I was working in London my lovely boss at the time, Ellie, took me out for lunch in Camden. Though nothing particularly unusual happened that day, I remember everything about it… It was a baking hot summer’s day, I was wearing jeans and a black top and we got on a bus only for it to be diverted and had to get off and walk back to Soho. However the best part of the day and probably the reason I remember it so well was because it was my very first experience of a Byron Hamburger!
Now anyone who has eaten out with me will tell you how much of a nightmare I am because of my allergy to black pepper/sulphur. The stuff is literally in everything nowadays. Waiting Staff look at me in despair when I explain and run to the kitchen only to usually come back and say the chef will make me a salad. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good salad but what I love more are burgers. Big, meaty, juicy burgers are the key to my heart but I’ve struggled for years to find a patty not pre-seasoned. That was until Ellie introduced me to Byron.
So for the past few years every time I’ve popped back to London, you guessed it, I’ve been getting my burger fix across the city. That was until an email pinged in my inbox last week inviting me to the launch of Newcastle’s very first Byron! I did an excited scream in the office and rsvp’d myself and my good friend Debbie straight away. And let me tell you now, it didn’t disappoint.
Who takes a vegetarian to a burger joint by the way?! Oh wait that’s me… because Byron have no problems with that! Veggie lovers have a choice of veggie friendly patties which can be subbed into any burger choice. So Debbie opted for the Mushroom burger while I tackled my favourite, a classic cheese and we shared courgette fries, french fries & a blue cheese dip. All Byron burgers are cooked medium, unless asked for otherwise, perfect for me as I think over-cooking can ruin a good piece of meat (sorry Debbie)!
We polished it off with an Elderflower Cordial and a cheeky glass of Sauvignon Blanc, ready to leave when our super friendly waitress (who I really wish I’d got her name from) said ‘Are you sure you don’t want desert?… I’ll just leave the dessert menus here.’ One Banoffee Mess and a Caramel & Honeycomb Sundae later, Debbie and I pretty much rolled down Grey St!
A massive thank you to Byron for having us along and treating us to such a lovely evening. The great news is if this post has got your mouth watering, Byron now have restaurants all over the place. Find your nearest here! And if like me you’ve got a fussy allergy, Byron have that covered too – check out their allergen info here. As for myself and Debbie we’ve already scheduled in our next visit to Grey St!
Please note Byron did provide me with a complimentary meal on their opening night, featured for the purpose of review. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.