Posted 28th October 2013
Theory can be defined as a system of rules, procedures, and assumptions used to produce a result. With that in mind, Rory Perriment of Bristol’s latest street food vendor to secure a pub residency has, as the name suggests, got Burger Theory nailed.
You know sometimes when you order a burger and one of the elements is a bit disappointing? Not so from Burger Theory and not surprising given the ingredients used are top notch and local. From happy, dry aged meat from Buxton Butchers, Community Farm’s veg and 36 hour matured baps from Joe’s Bakery we relished every single part of our burgers.
We were invited to sample Rory’s burgers just before they were launched to the hungry masses a couple of weeks ago. Previously only available at markets and food festivals, Burger Theory has finally settled down and set up shop in one of Gloucester Road’s most vibrant pubs, The Golden Lion.
For anyone that hasn’t been to The Golden Lion before, don’t expect a fancy ‘gastropub’. This is The Old Duke’s sister, a live music venue and a much-loved watering hole for Bristol’s effervescent community.
That said, what you should expect is a burger that blows your socks off at a very reasonable price. Be prepared though, the menu is vast! We asked for a recommendation and duly took it, plumping for a Cock-a-doodle Oink (the names are great) and The Lion’s Share. We shared some Cajun and regular chips and a coleslaw between us too.
They were busy and this ‘aint Mccdonalds so naturally our homemade burgers took a while, so we just relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere. When they did arrive there was much oooing and aaaing as we appreciated the spectacles placed before us. Humungous burgers sat next to min-chip baskets playing host to some of the best looking chips I have ever seen!
The Cock-a-doodle Oink is my perfect burger represented – southern fried chicken, crispy bacon, smoked cheese and jalapeno relish – I am salivating at the memory. The chicken was crisp, the bacon and cheese were smoky and the relish was hot. Wrap this in a soft bap (much better than the brioche type in Rory’s and my opinion) and you are on to a winner.
The Lion’s Share offered the best of both worlds; southern fried chicken and 8oz beef and jalapeno burger. Add bacon, smoked cheddar and tomato relish and you have a burger that won’t be forgotten any time soon. As expected the chips were the perfect combination of crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and the slaw wouldn’t have been out of place in Pitt Cue Co.
Washed down with a pint of cider whilst listening to live music from Victoria Klewin in the room next door, I really can’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday or any other night for that matter. The good news is Burger Theory will be at The Golden Lion six days a week – all you need to do is get down there to support it and it will be here to stay – I can’t wait to take Gemma there soon!
Verdict? Every single element of each burger has been carefully thought out and that shows. Great burgers in a relaxed pub atmosphere at an excellent price – definitely worth supporting.