Burger Shop Worcester
Herefordshire based A Rule of Tum who first opened Burger Shop Hereford in 2014, shortly followed by their restaurant The Bookshop (located next door) announced in September last year that they were expanding the business. The next Burger Shop venture for the passionate ‘Herefordian’ team was coming to Worcester. A Rule of Tum pride themselves on quality, the key ingredient Worcester is really missing from a burger restaurant, that is until now.
To celebrate and launch the new restaurant, Burger Shop Worcester treated their first 100 customers to a free burger on Thursday 13th April. Although we were unable to attend the launch, we received an invite from co-owner Jon to come along a few days after the opening. Meanwhile I read a review by Burger Lad who visited on Good Friday before us, Worcester’s latest eatery certainly left a good impression with these guys. To quote the ‘UK’s number one burger review website’ – “this is now the undisputed king of burgers in Worcester”.
We read that Burger Shop was located under a railway arch in Cherry Tree Walk. Although this sounded unique and quirky, I did wonder at first if this might be another gimmicky burger restaurant that I’d probably feel too old and un-trendy to be eating in. When we arrived it quickly became apparent that I couldn’t have been more wrong with my pre judgement. At the front of the building and off the street is an outside terrace area. We walked to the door assuming we’d probably need to order at the counter after finding a seat, but instead there was a friendly young waitress ready to greet us.
We were asked by our waitress Katie if we’d like a table inside or outside. We opted for a sunny spot on the terrace. There was a selection of beer, cider, mixed to order cocktails, wine and soft drinks on offer on the drinks menu. The ‘Crumletini’ sounded amazing, it was a mix of Chase Rhubarb Vodka with lime and organic apple juice. An immensely refreshing and delicious aperitif, which I could have happily spent the afternoon sipping through several more of! Katie explained that as well as the main burger menu she had given to us that there was also a list of specials. They were displayed on a black wall inside and included a pulled pork burger and a vegetarian mushroom burger as well as sides of cauli cheese croquettes and beef croquettes.
Burger Shop’s signature burger is the ‘Farmer Tom’s beef burger’. A beef patty topped with mature cheddar, dill pickles, mustard mayo, ketchup and baby gem, inside a brioche bun. Farmer Tom who is featured on the menus of all 3 restaurants owned by the ‘A Rule of Tum’ family is the man behind the meat. Their beef and lamb is responsibly sourced from Farmer Tom Jones who relies on free range and traditional farming methods. My partner and I both opted for a ‘Farmer Tom’s’, and I added a rasher of Tudge’s rare breed bacon on to mine. We also ordered a side of rosemary salted chips, fried Westcombe cheese curds and some cauli cheese croquettes.
Also sat outside was a family of 3 with a young child and table with 2 office workers who appeared to be on a lunch break. Inside there was a group of 9, the rest of the tables that were filled were mostly by couples. It was good to see that Burger Shop was attracting a variety of people as well as welcoming families. Katie popped out to tell us that our food would shortly be on its way and our order had been put in after the large group. We didn’t mind at all, but were happy to be kept informed. It arrived shortly after the update, with the food presented on a tray, the burger wrapped and sealed with a branded sticker and cardboard cups filled with the cheesy sides and fries.
I couldn’t wait to peel off the paper wrapped around my burger to see what was inside. We got stuck in to some of the sides first though, dipping the cheese curds and cauli croquettes into the accompanying pot of hot sauce. I actually didn’t notice until now that the chips were meant to come with mayo which we didn’t receive, but they were really tasty and got a dunk in the lovely, homemade chilli and coriander hot sauce that came with the cheese sides. The cauli and cheese curds were superb, I was tempted to order more but that would have just been greedy. We unravelled the main prize, it was now exposed and ready for us to decide if this really was the best burger in Worcester.
I took my first bite noting that the meat was cooked precisely medium as requested. Looking over to Mr R to check all was good there, his was slightly on the pinker side and to his preference. The beef patty was a sensational blend, which was well seasoned, juicy and delicious. I also really enjoyed the soft brioche bun which we later found out is sourced from award winning Artisan baker Alex Gooch. This was a great lunch and a first class burger.
When it comes to crowning the best burger there are a number of factors which vary for each burger lover. Burger Shop Worcester ticks my boxes for quality, provenance of meat, locally sourcing produce, friendly staff, great location, simplicity and integrity. So, was this the best burger in Worcester right now? For me, it certainly was!
*Thanks for the invite from Jon who kindly gave us our burgers on the house.
Cost: £27 (food only)
2 burgers, 3 sides
Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom – last visited in April 2017
Food hygiene rating – very good 5/5 – date of last inspection 30th June 2017