Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Handmade Burger Co - Newcastle Gate

While I was away in Newcastle attending my Sisters graduation I dropped in to the Handmade Burger Co in Newcastle Gate. It was my first visit to Handmade Burger, so I was excited to see what they had to offer. Handmade Burger Co has been around since 2006 when Chris and his 2 brothers opened their first restaurant in Brindleyplace Birmingham. The people of Birmingham fell in love with the range of fresh pressed burgers and the second restaurant open in 2007 in Solihull. The newest restaurants have opened in Southampton, Manchester and Glasgow, with more planned for this year. All the restaurants stick to Chris's original idea, to make food by hand from the freshest, finest and traceable ingredients.
Our visit coincided with the launch of the brand new Pit Range, which has brought 3 new burgers to the menu. The BBQ 'Slow N Low' pulled pork burger is a 7oz patty topped with marinated pulled pork, the Texas Chilli's Cheese Extreme combines the famous patty with handmade red and green chilli salsa, topped with Texas extreme chilli sauce and finally the American BBQ Bacon stuffed is inspired from Minneapolis with the handmade patty stuffed with Swiss Cheese and finished with BBQ pit sauce and tasty smokey bacon.
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.
The drinks menu is extensive with beers, wines, soft drinks, shakes and even hot drinks. They offer bottled beers and ciders such as Peroni and Rekordling, Dave was interested in the New Craft Beers. Carefully selected by the beer expert to perfectly compliment the handmade burgers, he opted for the Erdinger beer (£4.75), which he really enjoyed and he agreed that it was perfect with his burger. Myself and my Sister had a large glass of wine each (from £5.75), chosen from a selection of 10 different options. There are soft drinks available by the bottle for £2.40 or for an extra 45p you can have the bottomless glass option allowing you as many top ups as you like. We also decided to order one of the handmade milkshakes (£4.15) for review purposes of course!! It was honestly the best milkshake I have ever tasted, it was so creamy and not too thick. It was so hard not to drink it all, I didn't want to spoil my dinner.
The starter section was an impressive selection with hand made coleslaw, fresh cut chips and gherkins to name a few. We decided to get 3 sides and share them, we opted for the seasoned peri peri chips (£3.45), onion rings (£3.25) and gherkins (£1.65). Our sides came out really quickly and they where all really well cooked and delicious. The peri peri chips seasoning where just the right level for me, not to spicy but spicy enough. The hand made onions rings where great, the batter was just the right thickness and they weren't at all greasy. I have always loved gherkins, but have only eaten sliced gherkins on top of a burger and never whole, so I was excited to try them. I loved the pickled taste of them and I think I ate most of the bowl, I will definitely be having them again.
The main menu was broken down into sections, Beef handmade from scratch using 100% prime scotch beef. Chicken reared in the UK on Red Tractor Farms. Sliders which are 3 mini burgers for the smaller or varied appetite. Pitta burgers, lamb, skewers, veggie, smaller and junior burgers. Also listed is the new Pit range and also the Jimmy's Farm range, made from rare free range, marbled and slowly matured for 3 weeks to create the distinctive taste. It also tells you on the menu of the bunless option, if your not a bread fan the bunless option offers coleslaw or a mixed leaf salad instead. Available on request is also a gluten free option.
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.
We where pretty stuffed following our starter and mains but in the spirit of doing a review we decided that we just had to try the sundaes (£4.50 for a single or £6.95 for a sharer sundae) Available in 4 flavours we opted for banoffee pie, strawberry cheesecake and brownie waffle. When the waiter approached the table with these huge sundaes I had no idea how we would manage them. I know I have over used the word amazing but they really really where amazing!

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.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
xx
*This is an honest review, all opinions are my own, my bill was free, but this did not alter my opinion.

2 comments:

  1. I keep meaning to try this place when we are in Newcastle....The food sounds and look amazing! :)

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