To be frank with you, as a family, whenever we have a burger craving we always pop down to Handmade Burger Co. We like the fact that you can tweak the burgers they have on offer to suit you - our girls prefer them without pepper, for example - and the chef is always happy to whip them up a plain burger. Want something gluten-free? Then they'll give you a pile of coleslaw instead of the bun with your choice of burger. There are 40 or so burgers on offer there, and I've raved on here before about the old-fashioned chips they serve as well. So when I heard that they'd developed a new menu I was worried my favourite burgers had been replaced. They hadn't.
|Macho Beef, Cheese and Bacon burger at Handmade Burger Co, Reading|
|Chicken Sliders at Handmade Burger Co, Reading|
The chicken sliders included Sweet Chilli Chicken; Chicken Cheese and Bacon and a Smoky Barbecue Chicken. I'm always a bit worried with chicken breast used as the middle of a burger because they're so difficult to cook so they're still juicy but these really were. They're also slightly charred from the grill, so their smoky flavour comes through all the sauces and condiments. Probably my favourite of all these was the sweet chilli slider.
I went for the Three Cheese and Baby Leek burger - a vegetarian option - which comes covered in breadcrumbs and inbetween a split sourdough bun with lettuce, tomato and a gorgeous Bramley apple relish. It wasn't overly cheesy and the sweetness of the leeks came through perfectly. The Bramley relish just finishes it all off - a beautiful burger and it won't be the last time I'll be going in there for one.
|Three Cheese and Baby Leek Burger with Bramley Apple Relish, Handmade Burger Co, Reading|
Handmade Burger Co is situated at The Riverside (on the cinema side) at The Oracle in Reading.
Have you eaten at Handmade Burger Co? What did you think? What are your favourite menu items there?