Meat Market

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© Michael Franke
Covent Garden

The second offshoot in Yianni Papoutsis’s ever-expanding empire, this rough and ready burger bar has been drawing fans to the tatty Jubilee Market since 2012. Meat Market is closer to Papoutsis’s street-food origins than its elaborately themed siblings Meat Liquor in Soho and Meat Mission in Hoxton. The menu is tacked up in wonky plastic lettering, orders are taken at the counter and tables are separated from the market below by plastic sheeting.

The entrance is hidden up some back stairs; with its loyal Twitter following, the restaurant doesn’t need to capitalise on the tourist market. The shop’s classic burger, the ‘dead hippie’, was exceptionally juicy – quite an achievement when arriving as two thinner patties. Sadly, the secret-recipe sauce lacked impact and the skinny fries were unremarkable. Better was a side of poppaz: croquettes filled with molten cheese and tongue-numbingly spicy jalapeños, served with a dill-heavy ranch dressing. While such dishes were trailblazers a year or so ago, burger mania has since shot through the roof.

It will be interesting to see how Meat Market retains its niche alongside Five Guys and Shake Shack, Covent Garden’s latest opinion-dividing American imports.


Venue name: Meat Market
Address: The Mezzanine
Tavistock Street
Cross street: Jubilee Market Hall
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Main courses £6.50-£8.50.Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Holli B
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Words cannot describe my love for The Dead Hippie burger at MEATmarket. It has to be my favourite burger in London.  The fact that you can get it quickly and in a take away style is just perfect. The prices are reasonable for how good these burgers are, and sure, the place isn't the prettiest to eat in, but that adds to the charm of it! I'd suggest if you indulge in their chilli cheese fries (AND YOU DEFO SHOULD!) get them to share with a pal. The burger and a whole portion of those bad boys will definitely quench even the largest of appetites!

Samantha H
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The dead hippie has always been (and likely always will be) my favourite burger in London.  The one served at Meat Market is just as good as Meat Liquor, just quicker and in a take away style!  A far better option than Five Guys and Shake Shack.  Food is always quick, staff are friendly and the price isnt too bad!  It isn't as cheap as Maccie D's but if you want one of those go to Charing Cross Station!

Sarah U
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Amazing burgers! Inventive side dishes, super friendly staff and all at a very pocket friendly price - also all the meat and none of the long waits! What more could you want!?

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If you're a fan of your classics and like to keep things simple, go for the bacon cheeseburger - it's divine. It's just about the right level of juicy, with two pink-middled medium-rare beef patties crammed in and a whole load of cheese oozing throughout. De-freaking-licious. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, maybe go balls to the wall and splash out on a Dead Hippie, with mustard fried beef and a mysterious dead hippie sauce. Made from the actual blood of dead hippies for that extra tanginess. True story. (Or not.)

Top off with a craft beer tinny on the side, or sample the 'lagerita' on tap, and you've got yourself a damn fine meal my friends. I couldn't recommend this place more.


This place is probably 50% the reason I had to join Speedflex! I have steadily & unashamedly worked my way through the menu like a gluttonous fiend, devouring pretty much everything bar the fried pickles and veggie options (because who would go to a place called Meat Market without eating any meat? Sacrilege!) 

Favourite burgers are the Dirty Chicken Burger and Dead Hippie, also can’t resist a side of Chilli Cheese fries or Poppaz. So, if you’re after a good ol’ tasty American burger in Covent Garden, look no further.

London Boy

Me Man. Me like meat. Me like Alcohol. Me like Meat Market. Me like juicy burger and hippie fries. Me like spicy chicken wings and blue cheese sauce.  Me like very much LARGERITA!!!

You no like Meat Market? Me no like you!


After finishing the London marathon (well not just after, it took me two and a half hours to leave the vicinity due to my knees refusing to bend) I knew there was only one kind of food that would cut it and that was a burger. Cue MEATmarket, the middle of the three MEATliquor brothers (I could already relate to their hard-up middle child existence). The restaurant itself is a tad dilapidated on entry (and kind of inside), but I wasn't there for first rate decor of course.  I ordered a standard cheese burger - I am a firm believer that burgers should never be inexplicably accessorised. The meat was perfectly cooked but a tad unseasoned. It held together well though - and because I presented my marathon medal I also got it for free, so whose to complain about salt and pepper really? The fries weren't much to write home above, but that's probably because I had been gunning for sweet potato fries. The onion rings were an absolute treat. Overall, the food was pretty decent, although it did take me 20 minutes to get off THE most uncomfortable stall I've ever rested my derriere on so I'd probably recommend getting a cab there rather than running all the way from Greenwich.


If you want a good burger in covent garden but don't want to suffer the throngs of hungry people waiting to get into Five Guys or Shake Shack then this hidden gem around the back of the market is ideal. 


Been to meatliquor and loved it, but this, as the other reviewers have alluded to is just not the same and left me wishing for more. I had the philly cheese steak and chilli fries. The cheese steak was just overly onioned and the chilli fries were good, but just didnt seem as good as those from meatliquor. The beers on offer were awful, plain old lagers that all taste the same. Get some decent beers on, get rid of some of the onions and it should be better.

Mathew Davies

Heard good things and left disappointed. The fries were expensive and covered in too much salt, they're nothing above fries you're getting in McDonalds or KFC. I had also had the "dead hippie" burger (I think) and again, too much topping (cheese) which completely devoid the consumer of tasting any meat. I enjoyed MEATliqour, so to come here was a bit of a shock. Wouldn't bother.


too try hard, chips just taste like salt, burger tastes of onion, RIDICULOUSLY OVERPRICED


burger and poppaz was really awesome, best tasting burgers I've had in London. Beware girls, I can never normally finish a big burger, but this tasted so good that I sat for an hour and willed myself to finish it - but the rest of the night as well as this morning I've been suffering! so it is great, but don't let that blind you to your stomach's capacity!

Peat Monster

Good, but did not live up to the hype. Ordered the Black Palace Burger. The meat was a little hard and chewy, quite greasy (I suppose it was fried). Much better quality meat at Byron, and char-grilled, which I prefer the taste of. The fries were about 3x too salty. All that being said, it wasn't terrible, was actually pretty good, just not as good as I was expecting and a shame that a big chain like Byron produces better tasting burgers.

Don't believe the hype!

overpriced and too cool for school im afraid 21 quid in total for a hot dog ( the ripper) so deep fried impossible to bite through and with no cutlery you go hungry! burger was ok but not the best,poppers and fries. seats available were duly lacking and fill refills on the soda only good thing as we shared a drink but still look at the cost! wont be returning!

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Seriously overhyped, soggy crap. Had better in a 80s fish and chip shop and felt dirty afterwards. This kind of food should stay in a van beside the road where it belongs. It tasted no better than McDs, fell apart, dripped and tasted only of onions. There seems to be a ridiculous trend of making things as unhealthy and unruly as possible, more a statement than a meal. The fries were bland and totally overpriced (£3) and at the till they offer those or chilli fries, not mentioning anywhere that chilli fries are actually chilli con carne in a long aluminium tray, layered with fries then layered with cheese and mustard. A meal for two in itself and not something that should be offered as an alternative to plain fries. We sent those back. Cheeky up-sell. Whoever writes these positive reviews needs to raise their standards. Hopefully the quality of food will then follow. But it's trendy right! The con rolls on.

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I thought it was really bad. The burger was huge but the meat was tasteless. It left you with that phlegm-y feeling afterwards but without the 'burger thrill' you normally get. Atmosphere wise, it felt very 'ironic hoxton' and the vibe was not conductive to a nice dining experience, it felt a bit hollow and like you weren't really in on the joke. It was hugely expensive too we felt ripped off after we left. It felt like going to Wimpy but triple the price! Also I saw one of the staff who was cooking the food digging his teeth. AVOID.