I’ve not had much luck recently in my trips to city centre restaurants with my experiences ranging from disappointing to okay.
Undeterred I was looking forward to a visit to the latest addition to Peterborough’s ever growing food offering – the handmade burger Co.
Located in the former Old Still pub the premises have had a make-over or should that be a make-under as they have very much gone for disused warehouse chic.
Fashionable and functional it may be, but I wasn’t sold on the bare plaster of the walls and rather gloomy lighting.
The family Thornton arrived at about 5pm on Saturday and it was already full but we only had a minute’s wait until a table came free.
I’ll let you in on a (very small ) secret this was not my first visit to the restaurant. Myself and some PT colleagues went as guests on one of the restaurant’s training days just before it opened to the public.
The burger I had thenwas one of the best I had sampled for many a year (and I don’t think it was just because it was on the house).
So these dreaded expectations were high again.
Like many of the mid-market chain restaurants you place your order at the counter.
As the name suggest this is a restaurant that specialises in burgers with more than 40 different ones which are made to order on the premises with the company proudly boasting its use of “traditionally reared 100%prime Scottish beef’’.
There are also several chicken dishes, skewers, lamb and veggie options.
I went for a blue cheese and bacon burger (£8.25) which is served with lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayo. It was a succulent burger which tasted of beef - which, as we all know, is not always the case with burgers! The tangy cheese and smoky bacon is a classic accompaniment. The only problem was that my bun disintegrated almost instantly which meant I made more mess than my three-year-old.
My wife opted for a “slider’’ - three mini burgers served on brioche buns. She went for the Beef American/ Beef hot chilli/Beef peanut butter and bacon.
Even the last rather odd (to me at least)flavours found favour with her.
We also shared some fresh cut chips (£3.25) some excellent homemade coleslaw (£2.95) , mixed leaf salad (£2.95) and onion rings (£3.25).
Our toddler had the junior fish finger classic. She ate it.. what more can you say.
The bill with drinks – including a junior chocolate milkshake which didn’t touch the sides – came to £44.55 . This was decent value especially as we were all so full there was no room for dessert.
It could become a family favourite...if next time my bun is firmer!
Nigel’s rating: 8
Venue: The handmade burger Co: The Old Still, Westgate Arcade, Peterborough, PE1 1PY, 01733 345 502
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11am – 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 11pm Sunday: 11am – 10:30pm
Hot Chilli £7.85
New York Deli £8.45
Oriental New £8. 25
Honey Mustard £7.45
Thai Green £8.35
Spinach & Lentil £7.45
Chickpea & Quinoa £7.45
Caesar salad £6.45
Banoffee Pie £3.95
Lemon Meringue £3.95