Yesterday Byron were promoting a very generous offer that seemed to take Newcastle by storm; burgers for 25p. The restaurant only opened in the Monument area of the city a couple of weeks ago, with an official launch last week and it's looking fairly popular.
After spending hours (and more money than I care to think about) embracing the student discounts in Eldon Square; Katy, Adam and I headed to Byron to refuel. Katy opted for the Cheese burger, Adam getting a Skinny hamburger (no bun) and a side salad and I went all out and chose the Smoky - though the Run Rarebit Run one did sound really good...once I'd already ordered mine!
I've been to Byron once before, in York and while I enjoyed my burger it wasn't really anything to write home about. That was a few years ago and I was willing to put that behind me and see what had changed for the chain since then.
A burger in Byron (on a usual day without this promotion) will cost £8-10 then your side dishes are ordered separately, around £3 for a decent sized bowl of chips, or there's mac and cheese, salads, courgette fries and sweet potato fries - which are brand new and typically, sold out by 8pm when we arrived!
The question I know you're waiting to ask, how does it compare to Fat Hippo and well, the answer isn't very easy to express. Fat Hippo burgers are unique; the double patty and brioche bun (and lots of bacon and onion jam - so sad my favourite burger has been retired, I'm sure I'll embrace the PB&J more instead though) will never be beaten. There's just something about the way they make their burgers, how the meat just falls apart in your mouth and the way the flavours work together.