(FYI I paid for my own meal at Griddle and Shake and they didn’t know I was a food blogger).
Nottingham, my home city, is a foodies paradise, with new restaurants opening (it feels like) daily. Burgers and American style food are heavily represented by dozens of cool places, including Annie’s Burger Shack – voted best burgers in the UK (and they breakfasts are also insanely awesome if you ever come to visit).
Griddle and Shake is a new addition, opened in November 2016 by local chef and entrepreneur Ed. As a veggie and ethical food person, there are a few touches that set them apart from other burger joints and make me happy to eat there, such as:
- locally sourced fruit and veg
- red tractor approved meat
- all the food packaging – such as the plastic cups that come with your drinks, are fully compostable
- really good veggie options
I tried the lunchtime deal so I stuck with a fairly basic burger – tempeh, lettuce, tomato, avocado and onion on a classic burger bun, with regular fries. The idea is that you customise your burger as you go along (similar to Subway), choosing your bun type (pretzel bun next time for me!), type of burger, toppings and fries. See the menu here.
Interestingly, you can have as many toppings as you like so you could create a kind of frankenburger – but it doesn’t cost any more. It’s the same principle with the milkshakes, where a nutella milkshake, or a nutella peanut butter oreo milkshake cost exactly the same (though you will pay later through your waistline!).
So how was the food? Tempeh definitely makes for a really tasty veggie burger – next time I’d double up though as the patty is a little thin. Overall though – it’s delicious – mine was similar to a veggie big mac – if such a thing existed.
My skin on fries were good but not mind-blowing – next time I’d try the sweet potato ones. I’d bank on spending around £15 per person here next time I come.
The decor is fun – with plenty of space and opportunities for selfies with the big orange cow by the door. It does feel a little fast foodie/canteeny – it’s not really a place to linger in comfy chairs. The service was incredible – really friendly staff who went above and beyond (again, without knowing I was a sneaky food blogger!).
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If you’re in search of an awesome burger in Nottingham, try Griddle and Shake! It’s great for veggies and they care about locally sourced, sustainable products.