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30 July 2014
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Five Guys

1-3 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH

£20.00 North American Covent Garden
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm

Square Meal Review of Five Guys ?

When they set up their itty-bitty burger hut in Virginia back in 1986, little did the four young Murrell brothers know that their homespun idea would grow into a 1,000-plus phenomenon. Occupying a grand corner site in Covent Garden, their first London outpost comes with the chain’s hyped-up Farmer John appeal – all shouty red and white chequered tiles, utilitarian seating, walls lined with gigantic sacks of potatoes, peanuts and messy burgers wrapped in aluminium foil. You're welcome to as many free toppings as you want, or you can munch your way through cheesy bacon dogs, American sandwiches and Cajun fries cooked in ‘healthy’ peanut oil – all washed down with a fizzy Coke from the freestyle machine. Noisy, multiple queues can test fans’ patience and prices can feel stupidly steep – no matter how authentically Yankee it all is.

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  1. Five Guys

    1-3 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH
    Overall rating:
     
    Robert L.

    “An American Hamburger”

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    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 4

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  1. Five guys prides itself as not using frozen food, and this is clear by the use of their shop floor as storage space – crates of peanut oil, posters advising that today’s potatoes are from Holland and the propaganda police out in full force with numerous quotes marvelling at the burgers dotted everywhere. The menu is really straightforward – you pick the burger you want and you can mix and match any of the toppings you want, without charge and subject to endless customisation...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 27th February 2014

    Whistle and Bango :: W2, Five Guys BURGER and FRIES

    U.S. born Five Guys is all about straight up fast food, and people are going NUTS for it. The process: 1. Queue, queue, QUEUE! How the Americans love the hype of a queue 2. Peruse the menu. 3. Freak out 4. Order...
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  3. Since the frenzied media (both social and otherwise) of the launch of American burger chain Five Guys in the UK in Summer 2013, the chain has been making inroads into the domestic market and has already opened two new restaurants in The Oracle, Reading, and on Upper Street, Islington. Now things have settled a little, I popped into the Five Guys Angel branch to get the low down on a couple of their burgers, whilst picking up some steak and burger patties from London's rockstar butchers, Turner & George...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 18th September 2013

    Burgerac :: Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger

    So, I got to Five Guys in Covent Garden around 11:30 one morning a few weeks ago. Well, I didn't want to queue and I also had two other burger joints I wanted to visit that day so what the heck - there I was ordering a Bacon Cheeseburger at least an hour before I'd normally consider getting some lunch....
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  5. I have to admit, I'm quite partial to Five Guys, but my experience is from regular trips to the US. Over there, I get my fix from the outlet in a pretty small town about an hour outside Boston, so it doesn't quite compare to the hustle and bustle of the site on the corner of Long Acre in Covent Garden. The set up is practically the same though, with the somewhat sterile but gaudy red and white tiling, sacks of peanuts delineating the queues and the not-too-subtle critical praise staring at you from all angles...
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  6. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    wetrykai :: Five Guys – swept along in a wave of hype

    Oh dear. I’ve spent the last few weeks defending Five Guys and Shake Shack from the kind of ridiculous parochialism that wants to see them fail because: “We are perfectly capable of putting a ground beef patty between two pieces of bread thank you very much.” I’ve read too many reviews where the writer went in with the express intention of disliking the american fare. I railed against the stupidity. “You don’t know what you’re talking about”, I said. “You aren’t even aware that there are different types of burgers.” I’d tried Shake Shack – Shake Shack burgers are boss, I figured Five Guys would be the same...
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  7. The burger battle between Five Guys and Shake Shack was the talk of the town in the London food scene in July and I finally managed to get myself down there. Even after 3 weeks there were still queues out of the door. I can’t imagine this will die down anytime soon as Five Guys is located in between Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations i.e. London’s tourist trap...
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  8. Five Guys, is Washington's reigning champion. Founded in 1986, since then Five Guys has expanded it's empire over to 1, 000 locations in 47 states in the US and 6 Canadian Provinces. There are allegedly 250, 000 possible combinations to order a burger here. The menu consists of mainly of 3 items; (hotdogs will be introduced later). The Hamburger. £6.75 The Cheeseburger. £8.00 Or the Bacon Cheeseburger. £8.50 All the toppings are free. Word of advice, don't be shy and just go all the way ;]...
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  9. Five Guys involves three queues, one outside, one to order and another to collect your order. Whoever decided that collection point would be on the corner where people are constantly trying to get past should be reprimanded. I left Ade to it and snuck off to the slightly less busy downstairs area. Some cute little booths at the back looked tempting but seeing as it was just the two of us I stayed away. The most exciting thing about FG is the Coca Cola Freestyle drink machines - touch screen refillable drinks £2.50 at the ready, you chose your drink then can add an extra flavour, worth returning just for that alone. They missed a trick not having red cups though...
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  10. Published : Wednesday, 17th July 2013

    Mrs Petticoat :: Five Guys Burgers, London

    I’ve never turned down a burger. Even when I’ve just consumed one I’m daydreaming about what toppings to have on the next patty. So even though the hubby and I were swearily stomping around Convent Garden in a strop because of the sub-standard meal we’d just had a Shake Shack when we stumbled upon Five Guys I was already up for another. We’d read bad things about ridiculous queues and crap burgers in the opening week and so had almost written them off, but there was however, a strangely warm and inviting air around London’s almost newest burger bar that has nothing to do with its location near Stringfellows...
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  11. Published : Tuesday, 9th July 2013

    laymytable :: Five Guys – London

    Burger heaven is upon us! Last week saw the opening of not one, but two burger GIANTS grace the bellies of London. Shake Shack (review coming soon) and the legendary Five Guys. I was hugely anticipating their arrival as I have had many of these delights Stateside and hoped (and prayed) that it would be up to scratch. I wasn’t disappointed. The menu is simple; burgers, hotdogs and fries. The best part is there are 15 toppings to choose from and you can have any/all of them, for free, giving you endless burger combinations, 262, 143 to be exact!!!...
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  12. Published : Sunday, 7th July 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Five Guys Covent Garden

    Five Guys, said to be one of Barrack Obama’s favourite burger joints, was set up in Virginia in 1986 by the Murrel brothers. It managed to get a cult following and became a huge hit across America. It was so popular that in 2003 they decided to offer franchise opportunities and now they have over 1000 Five Guys nationwide – that’s an awful lot! It only seemed appropriate that the first ever London outpost of Five Guys burger restaurant opened on 4th July – and like a burger obsessed lunatic I knew I had to get down there to give it a go...
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  13. If you are living in London you probably know already today was the beginning Clash of Titans between US Fast food Five Guys vs Shake Shack which open their first restaurant in London around Covent Garden. On this US Independence day, I thought it could be a great idea to have an American lunch at Five Guys, because everybody talk about this opening since months. I went there at 11am, and there was already a small queue, not too long, only 10 minutes waiting...
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Essential Details for Five Guys

  • Address: 1-3 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH
  • Telephone: 0800 0833 005
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm

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