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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Another British summer. Another tale of hosepipe bans and non-stop torrential rain. Faced with this, can you blame us for taking a few days out to visit the sunshine state of California? We spent our time soaking up the rays, sipping craft beer and munching on the odd hamburger or two. All in the name of research, of course. California produces over 90% of America’s avocados so it’s perhaps not surprising that it’s a popular hamburger topping too. We also noticed the use of pickled red onion, widely used in Mexican cuisine, in place of a standard gherkin. On return home to the rain, we decided to make a classic Californian hamburger to remind us of the sunshine we had left behind, and the British summer we never had…
Californian - 6 oz hamburger, guacamole, pickled red onion, dry cure bacon, shredded iceberg, glazed bun £8.75
May Chilli Queen
We have no idea if ground beef features on the menu at Buckingham Palace, but that hasn't deterred us from celebrating Her Majesty’s 60 years at the helm in the only way we know how - with a hamburger. Our 'Chilli Queen' Diamond Jubilee Special is a green chilli cheeseburger with spiky chipotle mayo which certainly fits the bill - it has plenty of kick, real staying power and is for strong constitutions only. We're sure it will prove a hit with Royalists and Republicans alike.
'Chilli Queen' is available between May 3rd and June 5th and is a collaboration with fellow hamburger expert Fred Smith from the Admiral Codrington in Chelsea (@fredsmith_)
Chilli Queen – 6oz Hamburger, Green Chilli, American Cheese, Shredded Iceberg, Chipotle Mayo, Glazed Bun, £8.75
March Byron Pale Ale
Since launching our inaugural craft beer list last year, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about and tasting different craft beers. On one such occasion, during a hop-fuelled afternoon at the Camden Town Brewery, we decided to create a beer of our very own to complement our hamburgers. We set to work with the help of the experts at Camden, and six gruelling months later we have finally brewed and bottled our first batch of Byron Pale Ale. The result is a beer with a bright golden colour, aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, and a clean, dry finish. We’re rather proud of it and hope you enjoy it too.
In addition to our own beer, we’re introducing a new craft beer list. We’ve kept a few old favourites (Brooklyn Lager, Kernel IPA, Camden Hells) and introduced some exciting new beers not widely available in the UK (SKA Steel Toe Stout, Coronado Islander IPA, Uinta Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale, and Stone Pale Ale). From closer to home (Huddersfield, no less) we’re pleased to welcome the colourfully named “Dark Arts” stout from Magic Rock Brewing.
We plan to change our list every six months, so if there’s a particular beer you’d like to see please email email@example.com
January Bourbon and Boilermakers
Bourbon is as much a part of American tradition as burgers and beer. We have assembled a list of our favourite Kentucky bourbons, each made with real pride and devotion to the craft. Our list includes Woodford Reserve, from the oldest distillery in Kentucky, the punchy Eagle Rare 10 Year Old, and the award winning Four Roses Single Barrel. Shoot them straight or together with a beer and a burger (known as a ‘boilermaker’) for £14.50. For the full bourbon experience you can also try our special Bourbon hamburger with Monterey Jack cheese and homemade bourbon BBQ sauce.
Bourbon and Boilermakers from 24th January
Bourbon BBQ burger – 6oz hamburger, Monterey Jack cheese and bourbon BBQ sauce. £8.50