The Biscuit Factory vs. Byron Burger

The Biscuit Factory is located in a former warehouse, which has since been turned into a restaurant and arts and crafts gallery (the largest in the UK, in fact!) The restaurant is kept separate from the gallery but is still very arty, with quirky mirrors and a spacious modern design.

As a student I’d say this restaurant is perhaps more appropriate for a special occasion, seeing as it’s leaning towards the slightly-more-pricey end of the spectrum. However, the price is justified by the quality and the quantity of the food (plus students get 10% off). If you were to have the roast alone you would pay £11.95. I have paid this price for a roast dinner at many restaurants in Newcastle, but I have to say this is the best one I’ve had. My boyfriend and I both went for the roast beef. We were given thick slices and it was melt-in-the-mouth. The carrots were roasted and slightly caramelised, we were given loads of roast potatoes and, most importantly, it was topped off by a massive Yorkshire pudding. If you’re tempted by desert you’d be looking at paying £15.95 for two courses. My boyfriend and I shared the sticky toffee pudding, which is making my mouth water now just thinking about it. It came drenched in hot toffee sauce with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream. I have to say the starters didn’t grab me as they sounded too darn fancy (what is quince jam!?) and might be for the more adventurous, but it would cost £18.95 for the three courses.

“We shared the sticky toffee pudding, which is making my mouth water now just thinking about it”

I would give the service 15/10; the staff were very attentive, approachable and friendly. They were happy for us to sit outside with a drink until our food was ready, at which point they came to fetch us to take us to our table. Nothing seemed like too much hassle for them and we felt very welcome and extremely well looked after.

The Biscuit Factory’s roast has been rated to be among the top 25 roasts in the country. I’d agree with this as it would be hard to beat it! If, like me, you miss your mum’s roast on a Sunday, I’d give it a try. It’s a comforting home-from-home.

Brand new and opposite monument, Byron Burger is the perfect place for a quick shopping lunch. Welcoming staff and the pleasant atmosphere made for a great first impression. The interior is very 90s diner, with booths situated next to the window- perfect for people watching. Some of the tables are slightly too close together, though the restaurant is very large and you are unlikely to be seated next to someone. The food came promptly, and when it did, it did not disappoint.

The B-Rex burger was large, although £10.50 may have been a bit steep compared to competitors. they were sparse on the sauce, but the streaky bacon could not have been better. The 6oz burger was still pink in the middle, just how i had requested it.

“The interior is very 90s diner, with booths situated next to the window – perfect for people watching”

As the burger was very heavy i recommend having a side to mix it up otherwise the burger’s taste becomes to empowering. If you would like something different and unique to Byron burger, there is the courgette fries. The Sweet potato fries, were large enough to share between two-unless you are very hungry/or a lad. Mayonnaise is provided on request. There are vegetarian alternatives of 4 salads, and 2 burgers (mushroom and bean), providing a variety.

Drinks are double the price of what they should be, with a glass of coke standing at £2.40, but a pleasant collection of beer and pale ales. Tap water comes iced with lemon in a large sharing jug.

The food was nice, but overpriced so if you’re on a budget be aware that the burger with all the add-ons may become pricey, maybe take your parents there next time they come to visit so they can foot the bill. Alternatively, sign up to their mailing list and receive updates about offers. Last Tuesday they were offering 25p burgers in order to promote their new charity push ‘One feeds two’, with every special hamburger bought, Byron buys a 25p school meal for a child living in some of the poorest places in the world, in order to boost school attendance.

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