A burger and a brew — there’s nothing simpler or better than a really excellent burger with a well-made and well-kept beer on the side. Or two. Nothing more to say, really. Read on.
Top diner rated The Lofty Turtle in East Sheen is American through and through, a casual, friendly spot with a half-pounder burger that’s served on an organic home-baked roll with chips. If you can’t handle that, there’s a half-size version and a veggie stack burger as well. As for beers, you’ll drown in choice: the menu includes more than sixty, that’s six-oh, craft beers. Check out their current special offer, too.
Top diner rated Duke’s Brew & Que in Hackney is another American-inspired eatery featuring terrific burgers, high end craft beers and a selection of its own potions brewed right on the premises at the Beavertown brewery. The interior is Midwestern unvarnished and you can watch the chefs hard at it in the hot, smoky open kitchen. Oh, hot tip: the BBQ is also sublime.
The Grazing Goat in Marylebone is also top diner rated, this time featuring a selection of top-end British pub favourites, including a fine char-grilled British beef burger. The expertly-chosen beers and guest ales seem to favour the Meantime brewery, and they are taken seriously. For you, that just means pure pleasure.
Smithfield Bar and Grill in Smithfield — yes, top diner rated — is right in the heart of meat country. The decor reminds us of a Manhattan steakhouse and the burgers are the real deal, with a choice of premium beef or kobe. A monthly changing array of beers will keep you coming back. This month’s include Jeremiah Weed Root Brew from the USA, Palma Louca from Brazil, Salitos Tequila Beer from Panama City and Stella 4 from Belgium. There are four special offers running right now, as well.
With a name like The Distillers, you’d expect this pair of restaurants in Hammersmith and Farringdon to feature a worthwhile list of caks ales and beery libations and you’d be right. The beef burger with bacon and/or cheese has won lots of appreciative comments, while the real ales from acclaimed small British breweries, like Wandle and Doom Bar, have their own fanbase as well.
The Albion in Islington is a Georgian gem that dates from an era when all around it was fields and clover, rather than the salubrious surroundings of Barnsbury. With one of the best kitchens around and a fabulous beer garden, The Albion’s combination of cheeseburger with one of their very good beers like Ringwood Best bitter or Deuchars ale, all the boxes are ticked for a superb sunny afternoon with brew, beer and mates.