If you're from Derby and you were wondering when you were going to get the chance to try deliciously juicy burgers and imaginative toppings, well, you're in luck. If case you haven't noticed it yet - the legend of Byron has reached Derbyshire. Found in the bustling Intu centre, you might recognise the high ceilings and industrial decor synonymous with Byron. Next time you go past - I urge you to pay a visit.
I was lucky enough to sample the Leicester Byron restaurant, and was surely impressed. Living between the East Midlands cities, it was a great chance to venture to my mum's home city and try the new Summer menu and Sweet Caroline special.
Usually I order something different from my dining partner, but this was an exception. We were both sold by the Sweet Caroline (£10.95). Billed as a 6oz hamburger, with pulled pork, streaky bacon, jalapeño slaw, crispy potatoes, lettuce, red onion and apple vinegar mayonnaise... well, could you resist?
Whilst we waited, we enjoyed a Brewdog Dead Pony Pale Ale (£4.25) and a fresh lemonade (£2.95). The drinks certainly aren't cheap, but we were pleased to see some real craft gems such as Brewdog, Camden Hells and Byron's own beer. We also shared some tortillas (£3.95) with fresh, chunky guacamole and tomato salsa - a must for any Byron visit! I also particularly love the attention to detail with super ice cold glasses.
With prompt and friendly service, it wasn't long at all before our burgers and fries to share arrived. With a squeal of delight, I was immediately dipping my chips in the aioli and chomping on my juicy burger, served slightly rare.
The Sweet Caroline was everything it promised to be. Smoky, sweet, with rich meatiness from the pulled pork and beef patty mix. The potatoes were a super crispy almost onion like texture and the jalapeño slaw wasn't overpowering at all. Well done Byron, your proper hamburgers have done it again.
To top it off, I enjoyed one of their strawberries and cream milkshakes - perfect for the Wimbledon season. Super fresh with real fruit and naughty whipped cream. Having only shared sides, I'd cleverly left a tiny bit of room for this one. And how glad I was.
Find the Derby one in the Intu centre, which has the postcode DE1 2PL. Thank me later!
Note: My meal was complimentary for review. All opinions are honest and my own.