Byron Burger Oxford
You can’t beat a decent burger. Byron Burger has become a well established London based Burger chain but in July Byron Burger finally opened it’s 1st Oxford branch Oxford’s George Street.
Byron Burger, a British chain, was established in London in 2007 by Tom Byng with the aim of serving simple and decent hamburgers just like he had eaten during his 4 years in the USA.
With it’s large windows you don’t need to go in to see what awaits you at Byron Burger. It’s simple stripped back ‘vintagesque’ décor means all the focus is on the food, which is exactly how a simple burger joint should be. We visited late afternoon on a Saturday but there was still a buzz about the place with people enjoying their ‘post shop’ burger.
A friendly waiter sat us down and asked what we would like to drink. We wanted a lager but had no idea which to have because most of them are craft beers which we had never heard of. We decided to go a Hawaiian lager called Kona Longboard on recommendation from our waiter and it was delicious!
The menu isn’t vast, but that’s the whole point of it: A menu structured around their classic 6oz hamburger cooked medium (unless otherwise requested), topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayonnaise and served in a bun*. My friend and I started with the ‘proper olives’ (£2.75) and tortilla chips with home-made guacamole and salsa (£3.50). If I had to judge that meal on that alone then it would have got 10 out of 10! The Tortilla chips are served warm and are a million miles away from the top brand which is covered in processed flavouring. The guacamole and salsa was perfect too: a great start to a meal.
After this came the long awaited burgers. I went for the Cheese with Monterey Jack (£7.75) where as my friend went for the classic with avocado as extra (£6.75+£1.25). We ordered a side of French Fries (£2.95) and Courgette Fries (£3.25). The Burger was served on with a side of pickled gherkin and it was incredible! The beef was cooked to perfection and just the thought of it now makes my mouth water. Courgette fries were a great accompaniment to our burgers perfectly crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.
If we had not had the extra side of French Fries we may have just found room for dessert but sadly we could not find that extra bit of space for something sweet.
Byron Burger is a welcome addition to Oxford’s George Street. It serves simple, well done food, at a decent price in a comfortable, unpretentious setting. The service is friendly, efficient and helpful. Everything about it fits the ethos from the beer to the appetizers. If you don’t eat here at least once you’re missing out!
33-35 George Street
- *Veggie options are available