A carnivore, a vegan and an Irish women went into Honest Burgers
Emma Chadwick | 8th March 2022
And had a fabulous time! In fact, our VIVA vegan rated it the best vegan burger she’s ever had, whilst our Irish woman loved the new Guinness Fondue burger launched to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and available until March 28.
As for the carnivore, well I loved the local burger (they have a local burger at each eatery) which was a divine beef Wellington with a gravy so good I wanted to drink it.
Co-founded by friends Tom Barton and Philip Eeles in Brighton over a decade ago, Honest Burgers started out cooking great British burgers in a field at a local food festival.
The following year they opened a tiny restaurant in Brixton Market (which is still there today), making everything from scratch and cycling eight miles daily to pick up the best beef available.
Honest Burgers launched their own south London butchery in 2017, which enabled them to make their own patties rather than buying them in from a butcher.
They are the only burger company in the UK to do this, ensuring every single patty is made using the perfect proportion of high-quality chuck and rib cap beef from native breed Gloucestershire cows. And nothing else. Next door to the butchery is the Honest Kitchen, where sauces, relishes, pickles, drinks and chips are made entirely from scratch.
The Plant-Based Burger.
In Manchester, Honest Burgers is on Bridge Street just off Deansgate and has three funky storeys, downstairs is a hipster drop in with a lovely vibe, whilst the second floor has its own bar and looks over them, with more grown-up seating for those on a date or with family. There’s also a roof terrace that comes into its own when the sunshine.
Our eclectic party loved the atmosphere and the playlist, as well as the great service. It’s exceptional value for money given the quality and attention to detail.
It’s just a tenner for it’s cheapest burger and that comes with Honest Burgers’ legendary handmade rosemary chips, which are just fantastic. Drinks (including Manchester ales) are also very reasonable, with our Prosecco costing just £20 a bottle.
VIVA had been enticed in by the launch of their Guinness fondue burger to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and the Six Nations and we weren’t disappointed.
The limited-edition burger combines Honest beef with candied bacon, Guinness fondue, crispy onions, Guinness beef & bacon gravy, rocket and pickles. Served with Honest’s homemade rosemary salted chips as standard, the burger comes in at £14 (eat-in price).
To accompany the burger, for the very first time Guinness will be poured in all Honest Burgers restaurants in March via the Guinness microdraught to toast the feast of Saint Patrick.
Our two Irish fans loved this burger and the homage to Ireland and will be back for more. Meanwhile our vegan just raved about Bacon Plant burger and said they had used the best vegan fake substitutes to create a sensational meal.
And my local burger, based on a beef wellington was just superb as tiny chips of pastry melted with rich juicy beef, cheese and the best gravy ever.
VIVA Verdict: Honestly, great food at a fantastic price. Enjoy!