– 13 Back Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AJ
Spending a few days in York city as celebrations for my girlfriends birthday meant many opportunities to experience a proper Yorkshire burger.
On our last night in York we found a quaint restaurant set away in the back streets with chairs spilling out onto the cobbles with many satisfied faces and aromas that you could smell from a distance. Seated, jug of an exotic cocktail on the table and good conversation meant the wait for the food was close to non-existent which is always exactly what you hope for.
The most hideously ginormous piece of meat sandwiched between two inadequate pieces of bread was delivered along side chunky chips, onion rings and generic salad (nobody cares about that). The most interesting trait that this burger holds is the lamb. The lamb made it for me, it’s truly nothing like I’ve tasted before.. Giving you a similar taste to a kebab which was very strange.
Huge, but still succulent meant the meat was easy to enjoy but was too much to handle aswell as the counterparts. The burger felt like it was missing something, maybe a tasty sauce? Just didn’t quite blow me away. Burger rating; 5 out of 10.
– 9 Llandudno Rd, Rhos on Sea LL28 4TR
My 21st Birthday. A special yet terrifying time where nothing has changed yet everything is different and one thing staying concrete is my love of burgers.
My first burger as a 21 year old was the hickory’s burger, a name that’s not inventive in any sense but that doesn’t really matter in this case. The burgers fillings were; seasoned prime beef patties grilled medium-well with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, house sauce and American cheese… Very American?
The burger was stacked well, making it very pleasing to the eye but meaning you couldn’t take a bite from top to bottom. I guess this is the consequence of your eyes being to big for your mouth. Weirdly this burger tasted different, I’m not sure what it was but then I’m not saying this was a negative thing. Overall it gave you what you wanted, thick well cooked beef, generic salad (lettuce, tomato) and a tasty cheese.
Overall I did enjoy this burger, but it’s nothing special. Burger rating: 4 out of 10.
54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
As a beer filled bender enrolled in Manchester with one of my very close friends, we landed in his place of work; Gorilla.
After many discounted cocktails & beers were washed away by Alex and I, he insisted on trying the Gorilla Cheeseburger, which beforehand was marked as the best burger in Manchester by a Gorilla employee (bias?). The burger arrived with thinly cut chips, an adequately portioned bowl of mayonnaise and a slice of grilled chorizo as an added extra, all laid upon a decorative slab of pine.
The burger was to share with my Friend so it was evenly sliced in half, which is unusual to me but happily done. The ingredients were; pickles, burger sauce, aged cheddar, bondi lettuce & seasoned fries on the side. As the first bite was taken, a slight hint of pressure was felt as Alex was patiently anticipating my reaction and the first impressions were positive. The burger really didn’t taste like it was missing anything, as many others have done, in a way it was nice to have a well cooked, simple burger that takes you back to basics; again, unlike others.
It was a thick, juicy, flavoursome piece of prime beef, lacking nothing, joined with an array of pleasing counterparts. If & when you visit Gorilla, order this burger and ask Alex to make you a sweet cocktail. Burger rating: 7 out of 10.