Warren’s Gourmet Burger Company, St Annes, Bristol
Set in a residential area of Bristol in a site that used to be occupied by a newsagents sits Bristol’s worst kept secret. Worst kept secret apart from me apparently! I live within a minutes walk from this burger joint and have only just been let into this secret even though Warren’s has been open for 8 months now. I’m frankly ashamed that I as a burger enthusiast have only just heard of this place.
I went for the Rodeo burger which came with crispy onion rings, cheese and BBQ sauce. All the burgers come with fries, coleslaw and a soft drink. For £8.45 that is pretty great value. I added an extra burger patty for £2, well it would have been rude not to! The burger arrived served on a wooden chopping board with the fries and the home-made coleslaw in a little dish. Now its probably hard to rate this burger properly due to the fact that i ordered a double. I would usually comment on the patty to bun ratio and how east it was to take a bite of the burger. Needless to say i found it hard to fit the burger into my mouth.
On to the burger itself… The pattys were each made from course ground beef, probably the coarsest ground burger I’ve had but that was no bad thing. The downside to such a course ground patty is that some tougher chunks get through the mill but that is a price I am willing to pay for such a great texture, the burger held its shape well but fell apart in my mouth with each bite. I ordered the burger medium however it came out closer to medium-well done. I would have preferred a slightly pinker burger but that was a small complaint. The patty itself was perfectly seasoned with a lovely charcoal note from the grill. The bun was lightly toasted and fluffy, a great burger bun (and no sesame seeds in sight). The chips were excellent, crispy and fluffy inside. The coleslaw was ok, but I’ve had better. My friends and I all agreed a rating of 8.5/10 for the burger. Which is a great score from a bunch of burger lovers and we all agreed it was the best burger we have had in Bristol.
Warrens also holds its own Man vs Food style challenge which they call ‘The Beast’. The challenge is to eat a 4.5lb Burger, Fries and Coleslaw in one hour. The challenge costs £15 but if you manage to eat every single bite you get your name on the wall, a t-shirt and your £15 back. A couple of guys on the table next to us were attempting ‘The Beast’, none of them came even close. The size of the burger was quite impressive. I honestly dont think I would come close to being able to finish the challenge. I’m up for giving it a go mind….