We love eating out as a family, visiting new restaurants and trying out new meals so when Handmade Burger Co. at Grand Central in Birmingham got in touch, I couldn’t type “Yes please” quick enough. I had eaten there a few months back with my friend Lucy after Blog Camp and really enjoyed my meal so I knew that my husband would enjoy the food too. We took our three year old, Olly along with us to find out how the restaurant could cater for children too.
The decor in the Handmade Burger Co. at Grand Central is modern, industrial chic. It has a great mix of metal, wood and leather textures around the restaurant and it really works. Tables are laid out well across the room with some fixed booths around the edge of the restaurant. We were seated at a table by the leather bench and given menus to look at the food choice.
The variety of food available on the menu is incredible. There’s literally something for everyone; beef burgers with a variety of toppings, dirty burgers, pit burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers and skewers. With over 40 choices of burgers, handmade on the premises, we struggled to make up our minds. There’s also a really good range of junior burgers which a range of less fussy burgers ideal for younger children who aren’t too keen on all the toppings. No burger is complete without a side and there was a great range of sides, salads, burger extras and dips to accompany our meal.
I opted for the peri peri chicken burger with a side order of sweet potato fries, my husband ordered the macho barbecue beef, chicken, cheese and bacon burger and asked to swap the barbecue sauce for relish and a side of with fresh cut chips. We were slightly concerned that Olly wouldn’t want to eat anything on the menu as Olly doesn’t eat beef burgers but we need not have worried. We chose from the Junior Burgers menu and ordered Olly the grilled chicken and chips.
To order the food, you make up your mind on what to eat, take a note of your table number and then go up to the till to pay. It’s all very easy and there’s no waiting around until a member of staff is available to take your order.
We didn’t have to wait very long for our food, but was mindful that our food was being freshly prepared for us in the restaurant kitchens. When our food came out, it was piping hot and smelt amazing.
The staff were very friendly and attentive involving Olly into the conversation which is really lovely when we’re eating out as a family. Sometimes, children get over looked as insignificant diners but not here. He was offered ketchup (always a winner with a three year old) and we were offered other sauces and accompaniments.
Overall, we had a lovely evening at Handmade Burger Co at Grand Central. The restaurant wasn’t overly busy but had a good buzz to it. We actually met one of my husband’s friends in there who was going on to have drinks in town with his friends which was nice. There appeared to be a good range of clientele in the restaurant ranging from families enjoying an evening meal together escape the cooking, friends meeting up before hitting the town and single diners grabbing something to eat before their next train.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a delicious handmade burger in Birmingham, give Handmade Burger Co. a try. We weren’t disappointed and will definitely eat there again to try out the other choices on the menu.
Disclosure: We were invited into the restaurant for a meal and drinks in exchange for this review. All words and photographs are my own.