Burger Theory @ The Golden Lion, Gloucester Road, Bristol
When a new burger joint opens up in Bristol I feel it is my duty as a burger lover to get over there as soon as possible. Burger Theory aren’t new to the scene, they’ve been popping up at festivals and various events for a while but they have now taken over the kitchen at the Golden Lion on Gloucester Road.
The Golden Lion is a great little music pub with a variety of acts on most days of the week. It’s probably not the kind of place that you may expect to find a top burger. The menu runs to about 16 burgers and there is usually a special as well. That’s a lot of choice. I went for the Sheriff which was a beef and bacon burger topped with oak smoked cheddar, onion rings and bourbon BBQ sauce. Jo went for the Pork of the Town which was a pork, chorizo and Parmesan burger with sun dried tomato pesto. Burger Theory pride themselves on trying to do things differently, so when they say its a beef and bacon burger the bacon is actually in the burger. This gave the pattie a red hue and I also noticed some herbs and possibly some onion in there as well. Now anyone who knows me will know that I am not a fan of adding anything to a burger pattie. I think the quality of the meat should speak for itself. However in this case I may have to rethink that rule.
The pattie was full of flavour and the added ingredients really worked. My wife’s pork, chorizo and parmesan pattie was also bursting with flavour, working well with the pesto topping which didn’t overpower the other flavours. The bun was ok, pretty much a floury bap but it held up well. The fries came in a little basket and were nice and crispy and well seasoned. My wife went with the cheesy chips which were dripping in yummy cheese. They’d even put the cheese in layers rather than just on top which was a nice touch.
I was impressed with Burger Theory. They pay real attention to the flavour combinations and the burgers are well executed. You may not expect to find great burgers at a pub, but that’s exactly what you will find at the Golden Lion.