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In the years since I moved away from Hereford, it and Worcester, which was always where we went for teenage cinema trips and shopping, has quietly gone and got a bit foody. Cool coffee shops have sprung up, award street food moved in, and of course, there’s Rule of Tum. Theyr’e the brains behind a steak restaurant in a bookshop, and two burger joints I’ve been hearing rave reviews about. For Emma’s birthday, we headed to Burger Shop in Worcester to see if it lived up to the hype.
The drinks menu is small but perfectly formed, with a range of craft beers, ciders, wines, spirits, softs and a couple of cocktails. There’s a lot of local options on the list too, which I always love to see. I had the Marmalade Mule (no price on the website and I didn’t note as I was four gins in by this point in the day, sorry), which is made with Chase Marmalade Vodka (made in Herefordshire), ginger beer, lime and bitters. It had plenty of fiery ginger kick, and was very refreshing with the lime.
I went for the Worcester Blue (£9), which is a Hereford beef patty, topped with Worcester Blue Cheese, beer onions, roast garlic mayo, ketchup and baby gem lettuce, all crammed into a brioche bun. The burger was the best kind of messy and I was soon covered in drippy, melty blue cheese. The cheese isn’t too strong, so doesn’t over power the burger. The meat itself is excellent quality, and the burger was devoured in short order.
I also tried the Westcombe Cheese Curds (£5.50) which arrive deep-fried, and with a side of hot sauce. These are gorgeous. Gooey, well fried without becoming oily and absolutely delicious. The accompanying hot sauce has gentle heat, and is an chunkier texture, suggesting that it was almost definitely made on site.
I’m told the regular menu changes frequently, and there’s a board of weekly specials, so there’s basically always going to be something new for you to try. I loved how many of the burgers and drinks use local providers or ingredients, and there’s obviously a commitment to quality.
Service was a little slow, but it was Saturday night and very busy, so I’m willing to let that slide. I definitely need to investigate their Hereford branch now too.