Ordering a burger in an English restaurant is always a bit of a gamble; most of us claim to have tasted ‘the best burger ever’ but with such a variety of flavour combinations, secret sauces and the patty itself, the idea of the ‘perfect burger’ is incredibly hard to judge.
Having been crowned winner of the Best Signature Burger Award at the 2017 National Burger Awards the Lockhouse, which recently opened its doors on Merchant Square in London, is obviously doing something right with its signature dish, The Locked & Loaded.
The restaurant offers a grab and go or stay in and relax service, which is clever considering their main footfall comes from the surrounding offices. The atmosphere is incredibly mellow with its open plan, loft-conversion décor. With rustic chairs and long sharing tables, it really is a joyful place to socialise. As we entered to take our table, there was already a pleasant hum of chatter in the background – there is nothing worse than an empty restaurant!
Being seated quickly it doesn’t take long to choose what to eat as the menu is very straightforward – the cocktail menu, however, takes longer to peruse. Although there was a wait for drinks to be served, the pistachio Ramos gin fizz I ordered was refreshing and the pistachios to top made the drink special. The other cocktail we sampled was the Locked out of the house, containing three types of rum it wasn’t quite a successful but the flashing passion fruit that was served alongside was a nice touch.
To accompany our drinks we ordered the signature burger, the Locked & Loaded and the vegetarian option, the falafel and humus patty. The beef patty was incredibly succulent, although slightly overcooked for my liking, and is topped with bacon and American cheese add to this the Lockhouse relish and you have an award-winning burger. The Falafel Lock was also delicious, I often find with falafel that the mixture is off and can be a litter dry but packed with chickpeas, many whole, and smothered with creamy homemade houmous, it was divine. No burger is complete with without a side of fries, the sweet potato fries served alongside were a definite highlight, crispy and perfectly seasoned on the outside with a soft centre, they were incredibly good and not too thick.
One of the greatest things about an evening in the Lockhouse in the prize, for the quality of food served, a meal and a couple of drinks each during happy hour (Monday-Thursday 5-8pm) will only set you back between £16-20 per person.
Throughout the evening our servers were incredibly attentive, making sure we were comfortable, well fed and available to answer any questions and offer advice if required.
For more information, sample menus or to book a table, visit Lockhouse.Last modified: June 10, 2021