Met up with a pal from Disney and hopped along to good old Byron Burger.
I'm usually very quick to dismiss high street chains, especially burger restaurants. Nothing wrong with a good old Big Mac, but with the likes of Patty & Bun, Honest and Chosen popping up I think it's hard for chains to compete.
But then there's Byron. A pretty big burger chain with 36 restaurants in London and more throughout the country. I've only visited twice before, but each time I'm surprisingly impressed. As far as high street burger chains go, Byron has my heart.
We had one of the Belvoir farms elderflower pressé and one Oreo milkshake. A word of advice on the oreo milkshake - it's filling. More like a sundae than a milkshake, but amazing nevertheless.
Frosted glasses should be mandatory in my opinion. Makes everything taste better.
You can also check out what other tables have ordered by spying on the burgers lined up under the heat lamp.
Now let's get down to business.
There's usually about 9 different burgers on the menu which they regularly change up to keep things interesting. You can swap toppings for other options and sauces which is a great idea. There's a number of fabulous sides and salads too.
I had the Smoky Burger - smoked cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy fried onions, shredded iceberg lettuce, pickles and smoked BBQ sauce. The patty is incredibly juicy and perfectly pink just the way I like it. I'm pretty sure you can buy those crispy onions in a tub but they really are good. The pickle on the side of the plate is pointless. I'd rather have it inside my burger but that's just me being awfully fussy. The BBQ sauce is sublime and they're not stingy on the sauce either - grab a napkin.
The little flag is a great idea if you're ordering two of the same burger but cooked differently, e.g. one medium, one well done. A minor touch, but a clever one.
Natalie had the chilli burger - green chillies, american cheese, shredded iceberg and swapped her chipotle mayo for some crispy fried onions. A good choice with the onions.
We had a couple sides to share, french fries and mac 'n' cheese.
The french fries are your bog standard chips, but they also do skin-on fries and courgette fries which are real winners. If you fancy making some courgette fries take a look at my recipe here.
The Mac 'n' Cheese is freakin' delicious and oozes with melted cheese.
Overall, I'm surprised with how good Byron is. They know how to make a good burger and they're constantly updating and innovating the menu. They do a 'Skinny Burger' which is bread-less and a veggie burger, so there's something for everyone. I'd like to see a few more wacky burger ideas, maybe a bourbon burger or something fun, but I'll definitely be hopping along to Byron again for sure.
Queue: I visited on a Tuesday at 7pm and was seated straight away. It was fairly busy, but the Hammersmith branch is pretty big. Byron do takeaway food too so lunchtime queues are usually quite long.
Price: Just under £20 for a burger, side and milkshake. Slightly more expensive than other burger joints but definitely worth a try.
Ambience: Super chilled, nothing fancy or outrageous just good grub.
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.