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If burgers, brilliant booze and boogying’s your thing, then you’ll love this Lower Bristol Road local, reckons KATE AUTHERS Photos by Christina West


espite the name, cocktails come first at Burgers ’n’ Barrels, explains Rony Anzaoui, who runs the bijou


Victoria Buildings eatery with his cousin Ahmed. It might be small, but it’s perfectly formed, with the sort of level of attention to detail which makes this hamburger-joint- with-a-difference – only open eight months and currently rated No. 5 out of all 431 restaurants in Bath on Tripadvisor – such a success story. As we shimmy around the bar and up onto


two of just 18 stools here, we’re presented with a bucket of popcorn – seasoned with a moreish mix of Chinese five spice, cinnamon, sugar and salt; the perfect snack to work up a thirst – while we peruse the cocktail menu. It feels like a refreshingly different sort of


place for Bath, decked out in wood – Rony’s a fan of his Westerns – with vinyl and record sleeves adorning the wall, lovely lamps and a vast selection of booze on display, ranging from Cristal and Dom Pérignon to Taylor’s Port, Maker’s Mark and all manner of premium spirits, beers, ciders and wines. “Anything you ask for, we have,” says Rony, eager to please. My friend C is mad on crème de menthe,


but Rony suggests a more quaffable Peartini to start – pear vodka, amaretto, elderflower,


cocktail list. I loved the Devil’s Kiss – mango vodka, fresh ginger-spiced mango, lime with a hint of chilli – while C was hooked at first sip of the Barrels Special, a sort of minty but zesty creation featuring the aforementioned crème de menthe, fresh mint, gin, rum, lemon juice and Cointreau. If we were impressed by the friendly feel


“If we were impressed by their cocktail making skills, that was before we’d seen the burgers...”


fresh pear and lime juice – which turns out to be fruity, floral and dangerously easy to drink. My espresso martini, made with punchy Extract Coffee, vodka, Kahlua and crème de cacao, also hits the spot, though not enough to stop us from getting our five- a-day by working our way through half of the


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and their cocktail making skills, that was before we’d seen the burgers, which have names such as What-A-Jerk Chicken, Farmer Brown and Hells Bells, which, unsurprisingly, comes with a hot warning. There’s even the chance to enrol yourself on a Man v. Food style ‘Hulk’ challenge on Friday nights, where you have to eat a 2kg tower of a burger in just half an hour. If you win you get glory and you don’t have to


pay, while if you lose, as 49 people have done before, it’s a delicious meat fest which will set you back £25. It was the Django burger, which comprises


their signature beef burger – made to Rony’s mum’s top-secret recipe – smothered with homemade chilli and cheese and topped with


jalapenos, red onion and a garlic habanero mayo that won my vote. It’s massive and meaty and comes with a kick, the sort of 10-napkin job where eventually you have to give up and revert to your knife and fork. C, meanwhile, plumped for the Immortals; another classic burger this time topped with sautéed mushrooms, oozing blue cheese, red onion marmalade and a field of rocket. It’s undoubtedly a rich combo but a masterful collection of flavours. Made using local ingredients such as Aberdeen Angus beef from Banables on Moorland Road and granary baps from Bath Bakery, these hard- to-beat burgers mean serious business. We probably should have stopped there,


but we couldn’t resist the sound of the ‘special’ fries, baked with the likes of feta, cheddar, tomato and oregano and topped with a fried egg or indeed the version with spicy chicken fillet strips, jalapenos, parmesan and Barrel’s spices. Food definitely won out in our own personal Man v. Food challenge, but we took great finger-lickin’ pleasure in attempting it, and even managed a fair proportion of the on-the-house-to- everyone-eating cheesecake pud. Burger’s ’n’ Barrels is a guaranteed great


night out (and rumoured to be even more fun on the weekends): fans of brilliant cocktails and burgers should definitely make the pilgrimage. BL


Visiting details


Food is served: Sunday-Thursday 12noon-10pm; Friday-Saturday 12noon-11pm Prices Burgers £5.25-£9.50; add fries for £1.50; special fries £3.50-£4.75. Everyday is happy hour with 2 cocktails for £8.95 from 4-8pm. Takeaways available Vegetarian choice The Phat Patty’s Veggie burger promises Portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheddar, garlic yoghurt and tomato Disabled access Loos down some steep stairs Wine list The booze selection in general is impressive Service/atmosphere Super friendly, good-time vibe. Though the locals do like watching the football...


Burgers ’n’ Barrels, 2 Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3EH; 01225 313030; www.burgersnbarrels.co.uk


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