Handmade Burger Co invited me to review their new restaurant for Kerry Cooks – but don’t worry – as always, my opinions are completely honest.
If you don’t live in or near Nottingham (hey, come visit me! I’ll set you up with the best cake in town), you may not know that we now have more restaurants and bars than people. Well, nearly!
There’s been a huge explosion in the food and drink scene here and it’s amazing, but also fatiguing, because I’m finding it hard to keep up with all these new places that I NEED to try (without gaining one trillion pounds).
I finally crossed Handmade Burger Co off my list recently after they invited me to stop by! They’re a small family owned restaurant chain, with less than 30 branches in the country – and NONE (yet) in London. As someone who spends my life hoping for my favourite restaurants to open anywhere than just London, this made me smile (looking at you Franca Manca).
The Nottingham branch is part of the new intu Victoria Centre redevelopment and like the others (and so many other restaurants at the moment!), it’s decorated in industrial style with lots of metals and exposed woods.
Handmade Burger Co use some impressive ingredients – their beef comes from Aberdeen Angus cows in Scotland, and a partnership with Jimmy’s Farm means they also serve matured rare-breed free range beef too. The menu is huge and varied, with lots of chicken burgers too and even burgers served with a yorkshire pudding instead of a bun. Maybe the British version of the doughnut burger?
Being a veggie, it’s always interesting to try out restaurants that are very focused on meat, but Handmade Burger Co makes veggies feel at home too with seven veggie burgers (five of them are vegan too). It’s unusual as a veggie to have lots of options to choose from and they cater for gluten-free people too with a gluten-free menu.
I chose the veg-mex burger, with avocado and cheese on top which was very tasty, though pretty spicy! Lee had the goat cheese veggie stack which was simple but tasted really good.
On the side, we tried out some sweet potato fries which were amazing. I practically had to fight Lee to get any of them! Someone, anyone, PLEASE tell me how you’re getting your sweet potato fries so good?
We also ordered some ‘hipster chips’ topped with jalapeno slaw and sriacha mayo – the topping was interesting, but the chips themselves weren’t great at all. When I go back I’d probably order the rosemary salt fries instead – yum.
I also tried some of the dips (which are 95p each) – chipotle, garlic mayo and cajun mayo. I found the chipotle to be way too spicy but the others were tasty, though next time I may stick with the regular mayo and ketchup.
Since it’s ME, I obviously had to try a dessert! Handmade Burger Co have a pretty streamlined dessert menu in contrast with the MASSIVE burger menu – a few variations on ice cream sundaes (needed to cool you down after all that chipotle and jalepenos!). I went for a chocolate brownie sundae (with brownie and waffle chunks, ice cream and whipped cream) and Lee had a strawberry cheesecake one (with strawberry sauce, digestive biscuits, ice cream and whipped cream).
The sundaes were served in glass mugs which made them pretty hard to eat out of… a sundae glass would definitely be better! I enjoyed my brownie sundae but it could be taken to the next level with some really gooey and fudgy homemade brownies (like these!).
The service was also great – not overly attentive, but friendly and helpful.
I’d definitely go back to Handmade Burger Co – it’s a great place for a quick tasty bite, and you know veggies and gluten-freers are accomodated too!