No beating around the bush for our latest special. Everyone knows that beef and cheese is a classic hamburger combination, but beef with BLUE cheese is a spectacular flavour bomb reserved solely for the brave-hearted. Since one of our favourite hamburgers is April Bloomfield's iconic Roquefort burger at The Spotted Pig in New York (thespottedpig.com), we thought it appropriate that we should create one of our very own. Our version narrowly lost out to the Mo Burger when choosing our 2012 Movember special. Risk of mouldy cheese moustaches was cited then, but now that our top lips have recovered we feel the time is right.
Roquefort - 6oz hamburger, Roquefort, crispy red onion, shredded iceberg and mayonnaise. £8.95
March Lamb Burger
We've served a lot of hamburgers over the years - in fact, over 6 million at the last count. And we've eaten a fair few of those ourselves. You could say it's been a busy few years for our Scottish cows. So to give them just the suggestion of a breather, we thought we should change things up for our latest special. With Easter just around the corner, we've tried our hand at a seasonal lamb burger comprising a six ounce lamb patty with feta, salted cucumber, tomato-cumin ketchup and mustard mayonnaise. We've done it properly, as you'd expect, so give our cows a break and try one from March 5th to April 8th!
Lamb Burger - 6oz lamb patty, feta, salted cucumber, tomato-cumin ketchup and mustard mayonnaise. £8.95
January THE CHILLI BURGER IS BACK
To celebrate 5 years of serving proper hamburgers, we looked back at all our 'specials' and decided to add our favourite to the menu.
The Chilli was originally created to mark the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Not only was it fit for royalty, but it seemed to fit with our classic hamburger ethos as well. So we've brought it back - if not forever, for 50 years at least.
Chilli - 6 oz hamburger, green chilli, American cheese, shredded iceberg, chipotle mayonnaise. £8.75
December RARE HAMBURGERS
We believe hamburgers taste best when cooked medium, but also believe that customers should be free to choose how they’d like their hamburgers cooked. However, since November 2011, following the intervention of one local authority, we’ve had to say ‘no’ to the small number of you who want your hamburgers cooked rare.
As you would expect, since opening over 5 years ago, our quality and safety processes have been at the heart of what we do. Science, even in cooking, isn’t black and white, so while we’re confident our rare burgers would be safe to eat, in today’s highly regulated world we decided to err on the side of caution and not offer less than medium rare.
It’s a great shame - but there it is. If you’d like to share any of your views on this issue, please feel free to contact Tom at email@example.com
Christmas looms; the season of festive cheer, goodwill and non-stop over-indulgence.
With that in mind, we're encouraging you to give turkey the cold shoulder in favour of the eighth wonder of the world that is our "Triple Cheesemas" special.
Not for the faint-hearted, Triple Cheesemas comprises two 6oz hamburgers, onion and spicy Byron sauce in a glazed bun as well as the holy trinity of melted American cheese, Emmenthal and Monterey Jack; for burger lovers, it's the Christmas present you've always wanted but were much too afraid to ask for - until now.
So treat yourself this Christmas to triple the joy, triple the love, triple the peace... and triple the cheese!
Triple Cheesemas - Two 6oz hamburgers, American cheese, Emmenthal, Monterey Jack, onion, shredded iceberg, pickles, spicy Byron sauce. £11.95
September New Craft Beer List
Everybody loves a beer with a hamburger, and our mission has always been to provide an evolving selection of high quality craft beer to go with our proper hamburgers. Our new list includes some discoveries from our travels in the US together with some new offerings from our favourite UK producers. All of them taste great and are ideal matches for the strong flavours of our hamburgers.
From California we welcome back the iconic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, together with its wheat beer stable mate, Kellerweis. We are particularly excited to have secured an exclusive listing for Bear Republic's cult classic Racer 5 IPA following a prolonged poker session with founder Richard Norgrove. A chance encounter with Bill and Dave from Colorado's SKA Brewing at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego resulted in their recommending us "Modus Hoperandi", a big, full flavoured IPA which we instantly fell in love with. From Hawaii, we have Kona Brewing's Longboard, a crisp, easy-drinking lager to remind us of the lazy beach days we can only dream of.
From closer to home we have Brewdog's Dead Pony Club Pale Ale - displaying a lighter, easier-drinking style than some of their hoppier stable mates - and Kernel Pale Ale from Evin O'Riordain's brewery, as hand-crafted a beer as you will find anywhere.
These seven new beers are ideal bedfellows for the stalwarts of the list which remain from previously: Camden Hells Lager, Brooklyn Lager and our very own Byron Pale Ale (our perfect beer).
It's worth noting that a couple of beers are served in cans. Yes, really. Cans have traditionally been seen as beer packaging's poor cousin, but many craft brewers now see this as misguided, believing them to be at least as good a guarantee of freshness and quality as other forms of packaging. We certainly agree that it's high time cans got a retrial in the court of craft beer drinking. Please tell us what you think.