Ten of the UK’s best burgers

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From street stalls to steakhouses, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great burgers. We’ve rounded up ten of the best burgers in the UK, just in case you fancy a little beef-on-bun action this weekend.

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The Grizzly Bear at Stokey Bears, London
(Cheeseburger topped with double oak smoked bacon and Burger Bear bacon jam) – £10
On the side: Angry Fries (HOT!) and locally brewed craft beers and sodas.

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The Dead Hippie at MEATliquor, Leeds
(Two French’s mustard-fried beef patties, Dead Hippie sauce, pickles, lettuce, mustard, ketchup) – £8.50
On the side: Monkey fingers, bingo wings, and their killer chili cheese fries.

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Elliot’s Cheeseburger at Elliot’s Café, London
(Ginger Pig beef, beer-braised onions and Comté in a linseed bun) – £15
On the side: The burger comes with fried Maris Piper slices (not chips) so all you need is a glass of red wine.

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The Hawksmoor Burger at Hawksmoor, Manchester
(Longhorn beef and bone marrow patty with Ogleshield cheese or Colston Bassett Stilton) – £12
On the side: All their sides are fantastic, but definitely get some chips with Béarnaise for dipping.

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The BB burger at Bar Boulud, London
(8oz beef patty, foie gras, short ribs, horseradish mayo, confit tomatos, black onion seed bun) – £24
On the side: The burger comes with fries, but be sure to save room for their apricot tart.

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The All American XXXL Roadhouse Burger at Hickory’s, Chester
(Two beef patties, smoked bacon, pulled pork, Cajun onion rings and American cheese) – £13.95
On the side: This beast of a burger comes with fries and slaw. Wash it down with a Mississippi Mule.

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The Smokey Bandit at HotBox, London
(Aged patty, smoked short rib, jalapeno, red cheddar) – £12
On the side: Sweet potato fries, smoked mac ‘n’ cheese and pickled jalapeno slaw.

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The burger at Slim’s Pork Chop Express, Liverpool
(Homemade sirloin and chuck pattie with house burger sauce) – £6.00
On the side: Josper grilled corn and Rainy Day fries topped with cheese and deep fried brisket.

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The Goodman burger at Goodman, London
(Aged beef patty, lettuce, pickle, tomato and onion) – £15
On the side: Beef dripping chips, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, and New York cheesecake for dessert.

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The Brunch Burger at Flaming Cow, Eton
(6oz beef patty, crispy bacon, American cheese, portobello mushrooms and a fried egg) – £9
On the side: Some frickles (deep fried pickles) and a whiskey-spiked Caramel Jack milkshake.

We know we’ve only scratched the surface here, so if there’s a great burger in your hometown that we should know about, tell us about it in the comments below.

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News bites: What we’re reading

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Slow day? Check out the food news and restaurant reviews we’re loving this month.

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The 25 best cities for foodies around the world – Business Insider

Paradise Garage – the best value tasting menu in London – The Picky Glutton

The 10 UK foods you have to try (and why) – Eating Europe

Tom Kerridge to launch one-week pop-up, Tom’s Table at Harrods – Hot Dinners

Local Heroes: Five new London street food markets – Foodism

The best brunch and breakfast spots in Manchester and Leeds – The Culture Trip

The Fabulous Ling Ling Menu at Hakkasan – The London Foodie

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Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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We’ve got a fantastic batch of OpenTable newcomers this month, including some of London’s hottest new openings and dining destinations in Birmingham, Liverpool and beyond!

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Social Wine & Tapas – At Jason Atherton’s newest restaurant, you can treat someone special to an evening of wonderful wines, cheese and charcuterie, and modern tapas-style dishes made with British ingredients.

J Sheekey – Celebs and foodies flock to this iconic seafood restaurant to feast on oysters, grilled Dover sole, and their famous fish pie. It’s perfect for a pre-theatre supper and if you visit for lunch (Mon-Fri) this month, you can enjoy 2 courses and a glass of wine for £23.50 if you book with OpenTable.

Paradise Garage – Fans of The Dairy and The Manor in Clapham will be heading east this month to try chef Robin Gill’s new restaurant, Paradise Garage. The £45 tasting menu is a real treat for adventurous diners.

Lotus – At this contemporary Indian restaurant near Leicester Square, diners can enjoy show-stopping dishes like spiced red snapper kebabs, venison rogan josh, and lobster and scallops in a coconut curry sauce.

Morden & Lea – Mark Sargeant’s new Soho restaurant is split across two floors, with downstairs serving snacks and charcuterie and upstairs serving a modern British brasserie-style menu (3 courses for £35).

Bo Drake – For dinner with a difference, head to this East Asian BBQ joint on Soho’s Greek Street for cocktails and inventive small plates. Don’t leave without trying the smoked bobo chicken with spicy pear mayo.

Also new in London: Nordic smokehouse, Rok; NY-LON at The O2; Parisian important Le Chabanais; Tartufi & Friends, and two new barbecue joints – Austens and One Sixty City.

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Umami Indian Kitchen – This Harborne newcomer has already won over the locals with it’s huge cocktail menu and delicious dishes like Cochin fish curry, chicken chettinad, and Mangalorean pepper scallops.

Harajuku Kitchen – Enjoy dishes like prawn tempura, chicken karaage and katsu curry with sake and shochu cocktails at this relaxed Japanese bistro in Edinburgh. Locals love the freshly prepared sushi and sashimi.

Pom’s Kitchen & Deli – This family-run gem in Lichfield is open all day serving breakfast, deli boards and sandwiches, and hearty mains made with local ingredients. Save room for dessert – they’re fantastic!

Pruno – Promising fresh and flavoursome food in a relaxed atmosphere, Pruno in Liverpool is ideal for laid-back lunches and date night dinners. Prices are refreshingly reasonable and kids are welcome too.

Cedar Food and Drink – Also in Liverpool, Cedar Food and Drink specialises in modern British food cooked on their charcoal INKA oven and their bar stocks over 40 different types of gin. (Expect killer gin and tonics!)

El Borracho de Oro – Bringing a little Spanish sunshine to Edgbaston, this buzzy tapas bar and restaurant is the perfect place to linger over a glass of cava, an ice-cold Mahou Beer, and some authentic Spanish dishes.

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Where to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in London

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It’s Afternoon Tea Week, a great excuse (if one were needed) to explore some of the best options for afternoon tea in London. There are hundreds to choose from, from five-star hotels to cosy cafés, so we’ve rounded up twenty of the best to inspire youele.

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A taste of tradition…

– Traditionalists will love the elegant tea experience at the Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
– Linger over scones and sandwiches while a pianist tinkles the ivories at The Savoy’s Thames Foyer.
– Head to The Rosebery in Knightsbridge for freshly baked scones and wonderful handmade pastries.
– Splash out on the Ruinart Rosé Royal Afternoon Tea in The Drawing Room at Fleming’s Mayfair.
– Indulge in tea with all the trimmings in The Hansom Lounge at the iconic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

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Luxury for less…

– Swap fizz for a gin cocktail with the Gin & Jam afternoon tea at Hush Brasserie in Holborn or St Paul’s.
– Afternoon tea at Villandry St James’s costs just £18, including a free glass of Champagne at the weekends.
– You can scoff scones and sip Lapsang Souchong at Dean Street Townhouse for £19.50 per person.
– At the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, tea is priced at £19.50 so you’ll have money leftover for cocktails in the bar.
– Tea at Made in Chelsea favourite, Bluebird, will set you back just £22.50, or £29.50 with Champagne.

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Something a little different…

– Tumble down the rabbit hole with the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel.
– Enjoy afternoon tea on a BB Bakery Bus Tour around London, on a boat, or at their Covent Garden café.
The Swan at The Globe‘s Gentleman’s tea includes a quail Scotch egg, a beef slider and a tankard of ale!
Cinnamon Soho serves ‘High Chai’, complete with a Bangla Scotch egg and tandoori chicken sandwich.
– Try the ‘Taste of Italy’ tea at Cucina Asellina – Prosecco, mini focaccia sandwiches, tiramisu and more.

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For seriously special occasions…

– Treat someone special to the High Society tea in the stunning Oscar Wilde Bar at the Hotel Café Royal.
– Enjoy panoramic views across London and tea with (or without) an Asian twist at Ting at The Shard.
The Berkeley Hotel‘s Pret-a-Portea turns this season’s catwalk creations into delicious cakes and biscuits.
– Dine in style under the huge crystal chandelier at The Lobby Lounge at the five-star Corinthia Hotel.
The Montagu‘s ‘Sex and the City Par-Tea‘ is perfect for a weekend treat in the West End.

Our top tea tips:

– Check the dresscode – gents may need a jacket and tie and for the ladies, it’s a great excuse to dress up.
– Don’t plan a big dinner afterwards – those dainty sandwiches and scones are surprisingly filling!
– There’s no need to overindulge; most hotels will pack up any leftover treats for you to enjoy later.

Still looking for that perfect tearoom? Visit our Afternoon Tea page for more delicious options.

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Five of the best rum bars in London

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With no guarantee of sunshine this month, we’re getting into the holiday spirit by swapping wintery whisky and dullsville vodka-tonics for tiki cocktails and zingy Cube Libres. August 16th is National Rum Day – a great excuse to get some friends together and check out some of our favourite rum bars in London.

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The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill and Kingly Court

Bringing a little Caribbean sunshine to Soho and Notting Hill, The Rum Kitchen is one of our favourite places to kick back with a cocktail. Try their jerk chicken burger with Scotch Bonnet mayo or some sticky ribs, washed down with a fruity Rattleskull rum punch. Drop in after work for £5 Happy Hour cocktails from 5-7pm at their Carnaby Street shack and 6-8pm in Notting Hill.

Cottons, Camden

A Camden institution since 1985, Cottons stocks over 250 varieties of rum – perfect for the rum connoisseurs out there. They serve some great cocktails too, from rum punches to sparkling tipples like the Martinique 75. Soak up the rum with an Island Mezze Platter or Caribbean classics like curried mutton and jerk pork. North London no good? Check out Cottons Rhum Shack at Boxpark in Shoreditch.

Trader Vic’s, Mayfair

This Polynesian paradise beneath the Park Lane Hilton has been mixing up tiki cocktails in a beach bar setting for over 50 years. All of their drinks are served in oversized quirky glassware, from the Samoan Fog Cutter to the Scorpion Bowl for four to share. Their crispy duck and pink pepper tuna are delicious but if you only order one thing, make it a Mai Tai – Vic “The Trader” Bergeron invented it!

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Trailer Happiness, Notting Hill

The tiki vibes are strong at this Notting Hill cocktail bar – think palm trees, Hawaiian shirts and punchy tropical drinks. Share a retro Trailer Colada with someone special and then stroll (or stumble) up Portobello Road for dinner at Electric Diner or Pizza East. Date night, sorted.

PortSide Parlour, Shoreditch

After a successful Hackney pop-up, the PortSide Parlour is now permanently docked on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. The dimly lit drinking den has a New York feel and the nautical theme is subtle – no pirate accessories required. There are 80+ rums to sample, plus seasonally rotating cocktails and some excellent whiskies. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, top restaurants like The Jones Family Project, Tramshed and Merchants Tavern are all close by.

More top spots for rum drinkers: Dub Jam, Artesian, London Cocktail Club, Mahiki, and NOLA.

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The rise of the tech savvy diner

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The internet has transformed the way we discover and research things, from gym classes and groceries to restaurants and holidays. Our recent survey of over 1,500 diners showed just how much we rely on the web when it comes to dining out. For example, here are the most common things people do before they dine out:

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By the time we get to a restaurant, most of us will have a good idea of what we want to order and what it will look like. It doesn’t stop once we’re at the table either. 1 in 5 diners said they use their phone more than three times during a meal, with 27% of us taking a photo of our food to share on social media.

So should restaurants do more to appeal to tech savvy diners? Having a menu and some photos online is a good start, but 66% of diners said they would love to be able to choose their preferred table online or text the restaurant if they’re running late. 11% have already tried paying their bill by phone, while a further 43% said they would be open to doing so.

The power of the web works for restaurants too, with many restaurants using Google to research guests before they dine. The aim is to use the info to step up their service and offer a personalised dining experience, but some diners felt that being Googled is more creepy than cool.

Want to learn more? Download the full Technology and Dining Out research eBook here.

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