Lunch | Monday 7th November 2016
The first Byron was opened up in 2007 with the mission to serve simple, delicious hamburgers, made fresh from properly-sourced British beef and the best ingredients possible. I’ve been meaning to take a trip to its late October opened Birmingham branch and after missing their 25p burger sale, I finally embarked on a well overdue visit (even persuading Alex along for the ride).
The newest branch of the Byron chain has transformed Birmingham’s old ABC Cinema into a 180 seating hamburger restaurant and is located on the corner of New Street and Ethel Street. On entry we were quickly greeted by a welcoming team member and shown to our seats near the open kitchen. A little of the history of Byron was explained to us and we were left to navigate the menus in the well decorated and bustling restaurant. The interior pays a subtle ode to the historical building with reminders of the cinema on the walls and the open brick work well placed, leaving the restaurant inviting and lively.
In the main menu is very much so, burger orientated, with a selection of Beef, Chicken and Veggie Burgers to choose from. Salads, Fries & Sides and nibbles are on offer for those not quite in the burger spirit. The drinks menu offers a range for all too; milkshakes and soft drinks showcased next to Craft Beers, Ciders, ‘Hard shakes’, Wine, Spirits and Cocktails. Alex opted for the Double Bacon Cheese Burger (skipping on the tomatoes, pickles, ketchup and American mustard and replacing them with smoked chilli BBQ Sauce) and myself the Byron Burger, both with a side of Sweet Potato Fries and Salted Caramel Milkshakes.
All burgers are cooked medium as a standard but even so, the preference on the beef patties were taken on order and iced tap water and cold glasses were put down on our table while we waited for our burgers, fries and shakes to be prepared.
When the burgers arrived they were served as stated in the menu, ‘in a squishy bun with a pickle on the side. And that’s it.’ Each of the 6 oz British Beef patties were cooked perfectly to preference and the combination of each of the burgers was well executed and delivered. Although the sweet potato fries were nothing to shout about, the burgers held their own and the shakes, presented in a large metallic cup, were brilliantly rich and thick.
Byron is the ideal place to enjoy a fuss-free, well made burger, made to your preference. The approximate price for a burger and shakes comes to £15 which is slightly more pricey in comparison to other burger places around Birmingham. This being said, their deliveroo service is particularly appealing for anyone in the City Centre that is in need of a great tasting quality burger, quickly and consistently. With a fairly large range of burgers and continuously changing specials in an easy-going atmosphere, re-visits to Byron for their burgers and milkshakes are definitely on the horizon.
92 New Street,