One thing I love about Handmade Burger is the ability to go online type in the restaurant your visiting and download the menu, if you are a large family like mine being able to budget before you go is a benefit.
We where greeted at Reception and introduced to the Manager, who showed us to our reserved table, the lovely waitress then asked us if we had visited before, she was very excited that we hadn't as it gave her the opportunity to explain the full menu to us. The Handmade Burger Co get a lot of return custom so most people know the menu and exactly what they want. She explained that once ready to order we just popped over to the counter and place our order with our table number. I liked this option as it allows you time to decide and you don't have the awkwardness of attracting attention when you want to order! While we browsed the menu I had a look around and was impressed with the interior decor, the wood panel walls, teamed with dark wood tables and mismatched chairs should not go together. But it all does! Its a really informal atmosphere and I love that you can see into the food prep area. I like establishments who don't hide behind heavy kitchen doors, being able to see your food cooked and prepared shows you they have nothing to hide!
Once we decided what we all wanted I approcahed the counter and placed my order, there where no ques and I was seen to straight away. The waitress read my order back to me to ensure we had everything we wanted. I was also given the option to customise my order by adding or removing topping and also changing the buns on the burgers. I really liked the order process it was very stress free.
I opted for the chicken classic (£7.45), 2 flattened pieces of chicken breast in between a sweet soft bun, accompanied by Handmade burgers co relish, lettuce, red onions and tomato. The burger was really tasty and the chicken was beautifully cooked, I loved the HMB relish it finished the burger off beautifully. I think next time I would go bunless as I struggled to finish my burger it was so large. My sister opted for the Cheese Classic (£7.45), the burger patty was so thick and juicy, accompanied by the HMB relish, maure cheddar, lettuce, red onion and tomato, I don't know how she did it but she managed every single bite, she agreed it was the best burger she had ever eaten. As a resident of Newcastle she will definitely be paying a visit again. My hubby decided there was only 1 way to go for him and that was with the new Pit range and he opted for the BBQ Slow N Low Pulled Pork burger (£9.95). The famous 7 inch patty topped with 6 hour cooked marinated pulled pork. BBQ pit sauce, shredded lettuce and red onion all served on a brioche bun. It looked amazing on the plate and judging by the empty plate I think David agreed.
I am so impressed with the food and the service we cant wait to go back and are planning a visit the the Deansgate branch as soon as possible. The whole meal would have cost £69.95, which works out at around £23 per person. For a starter, main, dessert and a drink I think that's pretty good value, the portions are huge and you wont be dissapointed. There are branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Lincoln, Birmingham, Leicester, Solihull, Peterborough, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, Wakefield, Gateshead, Newcastle, Manchester, London, Reading and Southampton. They are always looking for new venues, so if there isn't one in your hometown let them know.
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xx*This is an honest review, all opinions are my own, my bill was free, but this did not alter my opinion.