We list the best burgers in Bedford
Bedford has been spoilt recently in gaining a number of new and exciting food outlets, and burgers seem to be first on the menu. Blogger Kate Chaundy, made it her mission to find the best one in town. Here is her shortlist:
115 High St, Bedford, MK40 1NU | Tel: 01234 342931
Newly opened at the old Wetherspoon’s site at the top of the High Street, Brewhouse and Kitchen has had a big impact, adding vibrancy and life to the town centre and bringing an exciting new food and drink offer.
The brand chose Bedford for its twelfth site and the space has been transformed. Right on-trend with its industrial feel and modern textures, you can actually dine next to the on-site copper drums where the different permanent and seasonal beers are brewed!
The burger menu is varied here but it’s just one part of a huge food offer, including salads, assorted mains and even roasts.
Looking for the ‘wow’ factor, I naturally opted for the Ridiculous burger and wasn’t let down when it arrived. At £15.95 it’s not cheap but it’s one of the biggest burgers I’ve seen. This towering delight, served on a wooden board, comprised two 21-day aged Birchstead beef patties, BBQ pulled pork, smoke bacon, IPA battered onion rings, Monterey Jack Cheese with B&K relish, tomato, lettuce and red onion. It came accompanied with a nice sized portion of chips served in a trendy white pot.
Verdict? Expensive but impressive. If you’re a serious burger fan, head down here and give this challenge a go. It’s a meat-feast, jam-packed with flavour and comes complete with recommendations for the perfect brewed-on-site beer accompaniment. On a Wednesday, they offer a £10 burger and beer deal (excluding the Ridiculous) and the site also offers brewing experience days. www.brewhouseandkitchen.com
100 High St, Bedford MK40 | Tel: 01234 480138
For years the large premises at the top of Bedford’s High Street (opposite Brewhouse Bar and Kitchen) has either sat empty or been temporarily housed by a new restaurant concept that hasn’t lasted. It’s been waiting patiently for an owner that could renovate the large space into something modern and vibrant, with a proven success-rate – and it’s finally happened!
The Meatcure chain opened its fourth site here a few months back, and made a big impact with its striking décor of industrial booths, bright colours and edgy design.
With an impressive burger choice leading the menu, diners can also opt for a steak or salad option. On a mission to find the best burger, I opted for nothing less than the Towering Inferno: double 7oz beef patty, melted cheese, onion rings, slaw, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ‘Armageddon’ sauce and a brioche bun. I was pleased to see it caught the eye of fellow diners as it was brought over to the table and I liked the bright white quirky serving tray it was in that set off the bright colours of the burger.
Verdict? Well the burger was pretty impressive looking, that’s for sure. Matching the height of the Ridiculous at Brewhouse but for a couple of quid cheaper, this is worth a punt for serious burger fans that like lots of flavour and want to opt for more of a restaurant dining experience. The tarragon mayonnaise brings that extra kick, and a perk for families: kids eat free on a Monday! www.meatcure.com
25 St Cuthbert’s St, Bedford MK40 3JG | Tel: 01234 300193
I couldn’t take on this task without visiting Herd, on St Cuthbert’s Street, where most of the menu comprises beers and gourmet burgers.
Having recently celebrated its 1st birthday, Herd is one of Bedford’s newest and favourite independents with locals loving the locally sourced ingredients, burgers made from scratch on the premises and eclectic cool vibe – there’s often a DJ doing a chilled-out set from the back room.
Although most burgers on the menu have a glowing reputation (including the veggie burger) it was recommended I try the Herd House Special Burger at £11. The month’s special comprised of a locally sourced beef patty, a massive field mushroom, creamy blue cheese and gorgeous Proscuitto ham, all highlighted with a balsamic glaze and wasabi mayo in a melt-in-the-mouth brioche bun. The standout accompaniment here was the garlic and rosemary fries – the best we’ve tasted so far and loaded with flavour. Served in a white ceramic bowl, the chips were in a serving bag which looked fun. Although the beer menu is extensive, with craft ales and multiple gins and cocktails, I was tempted by a dirty Pimms made with gin, lemonade and fresh fruit. Why not, eh?
Verdict? It didn’t match in size but it matched and possibly exceeded on flavour. Being able to watch the burger being put together with fresh ingredients and organic Aberdeen Angus beef set this place apart without breaking the bank. It’s also nice to know this venue is one of our treasured independents and competing easily with the bigger chains.
Check out the website for more information on the regular music nights with world-class DJs at www.herd.cool