We visited the Gateshead branch which is situated in the Qube area of the metrocentre. We received a very warm welcome and were taken through the menu which boasts 40+ homemade burgers by a very knowledgable member of staff. The handmade burger co.'s USP is that their burgers are made daily on site. No waiting for deliveries of frozen pre-made burgers here. They also pride themselves that all of their meat is fully traceable and they regularly meet their suppliers at source which is good to hear.
The menu is substantial and you can chop and change anything you like, meaning the combinations are endless and their should be something to please everyone. I decided to opt for the waiter's recommendation of a BBQ chicken burger with cheese and bacon whilst hubby opted for a beef burger with blue cheese. Sides are charged as an extra - we went for chips, onion rings and homemade coleslaw to share between us.
Children are very well catered for at the handmade burger co. A meal deal is £5.65 which considering all of the food is made fresh on the premises I find to be good value for money. I'd rather pay a little extra knowing my children are eating good quality food rather than some re-formed frozen chicken nuggets that have been chucked in a fryer for 5 minutes!
For £5.65 children can choose a main, side and any soft drink. The portions are generous and again you can add or take away any toppings. If your child would prefer ketchup to mayo - no problem. We opted for the chicken classic, fish finger and cheese burger deal. I am pleased to say that all of the food was delicious (we especially enjoyed the chicken burger - so much so that hubby wants to try the grown ups version of this next time) and I was impressed to see juice as part of this deal that is one of your 5 a day too.
Children are kept entertained with a small activity pack, crayons and balloons. You can even draw a picture and pop it on the restaurant's wall of fame which was a nice touch.
The handmade burger co. is launching a new menu on 23rd September which will include a variety of desserts including chocolate brownies (a favourite of mine). I'm really not sure I could fit dessert in after these humongous portions though but it is nice to have the option. The new menu will also feature handmade sliders - 3 mini burgers on one plate which is definitely something I will be back to sample and is a lovely way to try a few types of burgers if you can't decide what to order:
It's safe to say that the handmade burger co. has converted me! I have actually been craving their burgers since I left. Next time we are looking for a satisfying meal when out and about with the family, we will definitely be returning. I want to give the lamb and mint burger a try next!
Disclaimer - our meal was complimentary for the purpose of this review however as always I have been un-biased in my opinion.