No longer are burgers sidelined for greasy takeaways as the rise of gourmet burger restaurants across the UK has seen the much loved meat patty get a long awaited face lift. We've taken a look at some of the best places to get your hands on one, and with all candidates near one of our stores, why not to pop in for a bite when you're out shopping at Cruise.
The Fat Hippo, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Located in the bustling Jesmond area of Newcastle, The Fat Hippo has fast become the go-to burger joint for gastro-loving Geordies since opening in January 2011 and their success has even led them to open up a second location called Fat Hippo Underground in the heart of the city centre. Sourcing their meat from the local plains of Northumberland, The Fat Hippo grind and blend their acclaimed beef burgers in-house everyday to ensure they are as fresh and juicy as possible.
In true northern fashion The Fat Hippo won’t break the bank while still offering some of the best grub and glug the city has to offer. Menu highlights include the Peanut Butter and cheese and bacon Jam burger, or the mighty Captain Cook made up of 24oz worth of beef patties resulting in a severe case of meat sweats. See the full menu at Fat-Hippo.co.uk.
The City Cafe, Edinburgh
The City Cafe has been serving an ultimate array of burgers and classic American food to the good people of Edinburgh since 1980.An American diner by day and a vibrant bar selling a plethora of ales and cocktails by night, The City Cafe is open from 9am til 1am everyday and also offer punters an exciting range of club nights.
Serving up homemade beef burgers in especially made burger buns from Edinburgh’s award-winning Breadwinner Bakery, The City Cafe’s menu has plenty to choose from and a boat-load of extra toppings to go with it. The fiercely named Apache Burger is always a good choice, and why not get some ‘HUGE onion rings’ to go with it. See the full menu at TheCityCafe.co.uk.
Burger Meats Bun, Glasgow
Burger Meats Bun is a fast-rising eatery in the heart of Glasgow offering a simple yet sublime menu of burgers. Launched in 2013 by two former Michelin-starred restaurant workers, Burger Meats Bun is quickly making a name for itself with a second location set to open in Edinburgh in July.
‘Juicy burgers, heavenly wings and awesome fries’ is what its all about at Burger Meats Bun, where you can expect only the very best Scottish beef and ‘a belter of a brioche bun’. The Smokin’ Bacon burger is enough to make any mouth water relentlessly and their extensive drinks menu featuring local and renowned beers and ciders will certainly keep you there for hours. See the full menu at Burger-Meats-Bun.co.uk.
Build A Burger, Belfast
Established in 2010, Belfast’s Build a Burger is the perfect way to customise and experiment with your favourite meat patty treat. With an almighty array of sauces, toppings and extras to choose from to slap on top of the finest Northern Irish beef, venison or chicken, Build a Burger is heaven for the taste buds.
And, if you’re feeling brave then why not give their outlandish Big Lad challenge a go and take on 36oz of beef in a traditional Belfast Bap, which in itself carries an extra 10-12oz of baggage. Get it down you in under 30 mins and you could be leaving with a coveted Big Lad t-shirt and your name in the history books. Over 1200 people have attempted it, with just over 50 finishing off the job to date. See the full menu at BuildaBurgerBelfast.com.