Byron, London

The kids and I love a burger, it drives Beard MAD! We could go to a famous restaurant for a particular dish, and we would still choose a burger. Weird then that we had never been to Byron before. I’ve no idea why, seeing as we are such big fans.

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For a few years, our friends have been meeting up every December for a get-together meal, and it’s great having everyone together, kids and all.

Last year we had an impressive turnout of 20 people, and going for a Christmas Byron meal was a great idea – probably not for anyone sat next to 20 people, a load of buggy’s, blokes downing shots of whisky and flowing Prosecco, but we all had a great time.

The staff at Byron are dealing with a table of 20 people, plus the rest of the restaurant. So many things are going to go wrong aren’t they? People will get the wrong burgers, the wrong side dishes; someone is going to be forgotten. Drinks are going to dry up.

Nope.

The only thing we had was two extra burgers ordered in error, so the manager let us have them for free.

The problem was, we were all so full, no one could enjoy them. Instead, Finn asked for them to be wrapped up, and after our meal, he went on a hunt to find homeless people to give them to and wish them a Merry Christmas. Finn has a big heart like that.

On the other hand, Josh does not. He told his brother not to touch homeless people, or they could give him leprosy. He’s extremely particular about hygiene, thanks to his Autistic traits.

After our lovely “Christmas Burger,” as it is now fondly known, on the walk home, we found someone who was extremely appreciative of Finn’s kindness. The gentleman told us that he had never had a Byron Christmas burger before and what a kind little boy he was. He hoped he got all he wanted from Father Christmas and to be a good boy and try his hardest in anything he wanted to do. He wished us all a Merry Christmas, blessed us to stay safe, happy, and healthy. Then we waved goodbye, walking away feeling a little bit sombre.

To Josh’s dismay, the man jumped up and shouted, “wait!” he ran to us and said, “Thank you. Thank you so much.” He reached out and squeezed his hand, repeating, “thank you, thank you, thank you.” Within moments of us saying goodbye again, Josh was over with his anti-bacterial hand wash.

I digress, going back to Byron… The burgers were monsters! Absolutely huge! The menu is equally pretty extensive, bearing in mind your choice is a burger or a burger or maybe you’d like a burger…? But each one is unique in its own right in terms of toppings and sauces.

The kid’s menu is a corker – it’s around £7 for a main, a side, and a drink – another £2 for a dessert, but the portion sizes are large, so we starved our motley crew before going to get our moneys worth!

Overall Byron is a great place to catch up with friends. The staff dealt with our large party seamlessly. I would definitely recommend the restaurant for a family and friends get-together with kids in tow. Afterall, you can never go wrong with a burger.

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