Byron

Address: 222 Kensington High Street, London, W8 7RG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7361 1717

- Budget

3.5

Family-friendly fast food restaurants are rarely so stylish or quality-oriented.

If you’re one of the people who wants a wide variety of proteins and sauces in their burger joint, you may be happier at one of the many branches of Gourmet Burger Kitchen (see www.gbkinfo.co.uk). If you simply want the basics well executed, Byron is the place to go.

Food and drink
4
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Service
3
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Food and drink
4
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Value for money
3.5
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Ambience
3.5
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Location
3.5
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Food and drink

The burgers are made from grass-fed Scottish beef and come with tomato, red onion, lettuce, mayo and not much else (though you can order cheese and bacon varieties, and there’s a token vegetarian option). Negotiating sides of home-made skin-on chips, onion rings and courgette fries adds enough excitement for me and my husband. I like the wine list – a straightforward choice between red and white in ‘good’, ‘better’, ‘great’ and ‘best’ categories with prices rising accordingly (though not too far). You can get some notable bottled beers here too.

Ambience

Modish white and steel, clean-lined and curvy, and besieged by families on weekends.

Service

Friendly but hard-pressed during peak times.

Location

To the western end of Kensington High Street, and the southern entrance to Holland Park.

Price advice

Adult burgers are £6.50-£8.75; kids get two courses for £6.25. Considering you can pay over £15 for a burger of similar quality in some London restaurants, that’s pretty good value.

Branches

The company’s expanding rapidly, with more than ten branches. Among them, there’s a spacious new outlet in Islington, a useful niche in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre, and a bolthole in Canary Wharf – see website for details.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • No fuss

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