Byron Northcote Road

53 Northcote Road , London, SW11 1NJ

SquareMeal Review of Byron Northcote Road

‘The best burger on the high street’ & other superlatives are regularly tossed in the direction of Byron Hamburgers, the chain that even hipsters will admit to liking. There’s nothing ‘flash or clever’ about the concept; it’s all about ‘honest, juicy burgers served medium with a proper bun’, plus fries & ‘damn fine’ milkshakes. Gourmet twists are notable for their absence, though specials surface from time to time – note the cult favourite Big D & the Uncle Sam with a glazed bun & American cheese. The attention to detail extends to the rest of the offering, including US & British craft beers, soft drinks & decent coffee. Ambience can be anywhere on the mood spectrum, from ‘pleasant hubbub’ to manic. Service puts far posher places to shame.

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6.5

Food & Drink: 6.5

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 6.5

Value: 5.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Claire S. bronze reviewer 09 June 2013

A very fun and lively restaurant, great for a late night bite after watching the rugby! Good burgers and chips. Amazing shakes too. Service was helpful, quick and friendly. Definitely better than the other burger specialists around. Will be going back soon.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 18 February 2012

As I stepped through the doors I felt like shouting “Zulus, thousands of 'em” only it's not African warriors it's children (scarier). Still, you shouldn't go to feeding time at the zoo if you don't like animals. According to the marketing spiel the idea behind Byron was to create a restaurant serving simple, tasty burgers as there weren't any doing that. Perhaps the founders hadn't noticed the explosion of GBKs, Hamburger Unions, Fine Burger Cos and the general slow but inexorable culinary rehabilitation of the hamburger into civilised society. Anyway, my hamburger was perfectly edible but perfectly forgettable. The venue is bright, cheery, clean and the waiters are doing an admirable job of waiting/nannying/cleaning up the devastation whilst smiling. It's basically GBK with more floor space and a more mature typeface.

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