Review by editor Kris Thomas, dessert review Lucas (age 7)
The spacious, bright dining room was busy and lively on the grey Saturday lunchtime that I visited with my family. My young boys were especially excited at the prospect of a restaurant wholly devoted to burgers and the animated atmosphere and bright comic strip style wall art enhanced their anticipation of a fun lunch.
Our waiter Dean, talked us through the menu and the specials, explaining that the ’Elvis burger’ (steak patty, peanut butter, blueberry jam, bacon, coleslaw, lettuce and tomato) sounded ‘wrong’ but was “oh so good”. Dean also pointed out the interesting array of cocktails, they have the largest range of spirits, including over 20 gins, in the area and the only professional mixologist in Arundel.
The restaurant also serves over 30 craft brews including lagers, pale ales, red ales, Stout/Porter, Cider and fruit beer. Of greater interest on this particular visit were the Ice Cream Sodas and Shakes, hmm, does this count as dessert?
We started with some Hot and Spicy Wings (whew, fiery! Yes the clue is definitely in the name here, mouth and tongue burn pleasantly) and some BBQ Wings, gorgeous, sweet and sticky. Happily we were given plenty of napkins.
Unsurprisingly there is a good, but not overwhelming, choice of burgers, including ‘Rooster’, Buttermilk marinated fried chicken, house slaw, pickles, lettuce, aioli and a vegetarian option amusingly named, ’Why Bother?’ with Halloumi, Portobello mushroom, lettuce, tomato, mint and coriander relish. All The Burger Shop Co burgers are 100% aged British steak with no additives, made to their own recipe.
My boys opted for a standard cheese burger with anything resembling fresh veg removed prior to reaching their plates! I chose the Sergeant Pepper which was a juicy steak burger topped with beef-tomato, caramelised onions, Portobello mushroom melted Cheddar cheese and served with a dinky little jug of peppercorn sauce. The buns are brioche style (also their own recipe), lightly toasted and our table had two bottles of Heinz tomato ketchup, my children treat it like gravy given half a chance.
Jeff picked the ‘Sweet Home Avocado’ (guacamole and Harissa mayo) which he described as ‘smooth and creamy’ with a chilli tang. My mum chose the cheese and bacon and complimented the burger highly saying it was ‘nearly as good as one of John’s’ (my late step-father, ex-butcher and burger aficionado). We also ordered three different types of chips, which came topped with various rich sauces (the bacon fries were amazing), onion straws and house coleslaw. They also serve sweet potato and plain skin-on fries.
Being a seven year old boy, my eldest son Lucas is highly qualified to review the desserts. Here follows his appraisal; I had a warm Chocolate Brownie with chocolate sauce and ice-cream on the top which was melting. The Brownie contained fudge-like bits that were also really tasty. I don’t think I chose the most healthy option but it was really yummy. The only disappointing bit about my lunch was that my parents only allowed me to have one can of fizzy Sprite! Mummy’s waffle looked delicious too but she ate it all herself! The atmosphere in the restaurant was like a birthday party and we all enjoyed it. My brother and I liked the colouring and the waiters were really helpful. I would really like to go back there again soon.
The Burger Shop Co opened last November and is a joint venture by father and son, Ian & Oliver Fricker. Tel: 01903 446 912 www.theburgershopco.uk
14 – 16 High Street, Arundel, BN18 9AF.