Byron, Leicester

Leicester’s dining scene seems to be on an upward trajectory of late. We have some really cool places now especially with The Smokehouse (yeah I know.. I’m biased) and now Byron both bringing something on trend and exciting to the city.  It says something too that Byron skipped Nottingham and Birmingham to open their first Midlands site in little old Leicester. Well – maybe the rents cheap or they know something we don’t – either way, I’m very pleased about it!


Probably one of the last local bloggers to make it in, I’d heard so much about this place that by the time I got round to visiting with my lovely Vicky in tow, I was wondering if my expectations were a little too high. Turns out not. Great open, airy space, fantastic staff and a simple concept done really well. Good for you Byron!

We went straight in for some nachos and guacamole and then on to courgette fries (with blue cheese dip), the Smoky, the Byron and onion rings. Phew.. oh .. and then topped it off with a brownie – but to share so that’s not too greedy is it?
The menu is brief and to the point. Burgers with a couple of salads and one or two starter items – mainly nachos and a choice of dips. We had the nachos and guacamole. The guacamole was awesome – chunky with hits of red chilli. We gobbled it up pretty sharpish.

The drinks menu features a nice range of canned craft beers including their own Byron pale ale – now we’re fans of craft beer in Leicester with a great selection at Obar (again.. I may be biased) and although you’re starting to see it everywhere, I opted for a Camden Hells – such a nice beer.

 

The burgers were cooked medium – and we were told this by the waitress. If you do want yours cooked more they will, but the quality of the beef shone through and the pink juicy meat was perfect for me. My burger (the Byron) was pure classic – dry cure bacon, mature cheddar, salad and ‘byron sauce’.  The Smoky was really interesting with smoked cheddar, streaky bacon and crispy fried onions plus a smoky spicy BBQ sauce. Really good and definitely one I’d order on future visits.

 


Rather than going for the conventional ‘chip’ (of which there are a couple of options) we went for the courgette fries. The side portions are large and easily enough to share between two. Be warned! The courgette fries were really nice – cripsy but still soft inside. The blue cheese dip (again, there is a choice) was really good too although personally, I make mine with a bigger blue cheese hit and I think this could take it. The onion rings were huge! Well seasoned and delish altho maybe a tiny bit greasy.

 

The choc brownie almost tipped me over the edge with its gooey warmth and silky smooth vanilla icecream. Probably a bit too rich after the burgers, fries and onion rings, all that was left to do was go home and lie down. But sod it – you only live once!

Overall, I was well impressed with Byron. Its a great addition to Leicester and as well as excellent staff (shout outs to manager Vicky and waitress Ruby), they stick to what they know and do it well! If you’ve not been yet –  you need to!  My top tip – ask for a booth – they seat up to four and are perfect for privacy (or a date) and the view of the open kitchen will just enhance your appetite! 

*I was invited to review Byron and we did not pay for our meal. The total cost would have been £46.90. As always, my opinions are my own*

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  1. 24th October 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Okay your review has made my mind up, I HAVE to experience Byron burger asap! Haha. Looks like you had a fab time 🙂

  2. 24th October 2014 / 3:15 pm

    I've never wanted to eat a brownie so much in my life. This is like the fourth blog I've read on this place, I so need to go!

  3. 24th October 2014 / 10:57 pm

    SOOOOOO GOOOOD! I had the Byron too. Could eat it right now. I defo couldn't fit a brownie in though I wish I had tried now. If only for the picture 😉 xx

  4. 27th October 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Ladies ladies ladies… its all about the BYRON and you must make room for the brownie 🙂

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