Despite friendly staff and tasty toppings an underwhelming burger and a milkshake that fails to deliver on its promise let Byron down.
Byron is a staple for many burger fans with it’s restaurants spread out across the UK. To give it a cow based turn of phrase; this wasn’t their first rodeo. But for a restaurant so practiced this was a bit of a let-down. Firstly the restaurant was freezing cold and jackets were kept on for most of the meal. Admittedly it was Baltic outside but cut the purse strings and turn the heating up a notch. The burger itself was average at best, with neither of us looking particularly forward to the next bite; a cardinal sin for amateur burger bloggers. The toppings did their best to make up for the patty with both the cheese and bacon hitting the spot but it wasn’t enough to push it above half marks.
We both went for the milkshake as the advert on the table told us that Byron had had to invent a new type of straw because their shakes were so thick and we were keen to taste this cement-based drink. They needn’t had bothered with the R+D as a traditional straw would have done on the job on this thin, but admittedly flavoursome, milkshake.
There were other plus points: the music is toe-tappingly good, the staff friendly and the open plan restaurant with the kitchen in the middle is cool. As you can see from the photos above the portions are a good size too and as we stepped out in to the freezing cold, English spring we both felt full. If they could improve the patty and give their straw some proper work to do they’d be on to a winner.
Dave C order: Smoky Burger, fries and a salted caramel milkshake.
Dave T order: Byron Burger, fries and a salted caramel milkshake.
Price – £18 per head.