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Byron

Restaurants, Snack bars St Giles
3 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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© Ben Rowe Byron burger & fries

Time Out says

This restaurant is part of a chain. We haven't reviewed this venue, but you can read a review of another branch here.

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Details

Address: 1A St Giles High Street
London
WC2H 8AG
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
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Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
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Users say (7)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

I actually really liked this branch of Byron! My local used to be the Angel branch, which does just look neglected, so I thought the Covent Garden venue was a step up anyway ;) We went on a Thursday night and it had the rare balance of having a great buzz, but not being overly busy.


I ordered the BBQ Chicken Burger, composed of a generous, well-fried amount of chicken, sandwiched with an equally generous amount of cheese and bourbon sauce. I'm normally a bit of a chain snob, but it was delicious! My friend ordered the new vegan Beetnik burger, which was also deemed very tasty. The fries were also pretty good.


All in all, a really nice, casual, and affordable meal!

tastemaker

Byron at St Giles is one of the larger Byron restaurants at the base of the 'google building', the floor to ceiling glazing somewhat contradicts the industrial decor which includes a large shipping container and as such feels quite vast and sometimes unwelcoming, however the open kitchen provides a constant buzz of activity and even in winter the window seats next to the glass are warm. The food as always is up to Byron standard and is great for a chain restaurant. On this particular occasion the staff were relatively slow and unobservant of us wanting additional condiments, drinks and the bill (all on separate occasions) -It may be that we were sitting on the higher seating level. For Byron burger I do prefer this venue to others so will visit again hopefully the service was just an off day. 

Tastemaker

Byron isn't at the top of my list of burger joints in London. The meat isn't bad quality, on the rare occasion I find myself eating meat these days, and the prices are reasonable. Beyond this, I'm not sure what the appeal is. The alternative options to beef aren't great; the veggie burger's a bit flavourless, the salad a bit over compensatory and the chips are mediocre. 


Byron tends to be housed either in small, dingy, chequered floor throwbacks to the 60's or vast expansive spaces of glass and light. Neither really seems to fit with their business model for me and most of the time their restaurants have an air of abandonment about them eye up the only other customer sat 40 feet away. 


I can't think of anything to deter someone from coming here but I can think of several better places to go. 

Staff Writertastemaker

Of all the Byrons this has the least atmosphere as the ceilings are so high and its a bit sparse BUT its one of the biggest and a little off the beaten track so quite easy if you're looking to book a table for a larger group or want to get a burger fix in theatre land before a show, so I'll recommend it for that reason.

The best thing about Byron is the mac and cheese side and the worst is the chicken burger (dry breast, seemingly no seasoning before cooking very plain) but its an easy option and its the same whichever you go in, which is I guess what we like about chains, simple folk that we are eh!


Surprisingly, Byron is pretty good! To me it comes across as a posh Five Guys, with some hearty extras on the menu (like macaroni and onion rings). Their oreo milkshake is amazinggg, but I found a hair in it which was pretty disappointing! Nonetheless, the service was really great and the catered to a large group that hadn't even made a reservation. The food took quite long to arrive, we were probably sitting their for about 30-40minutes, however when the food did arrive it made up for the wait. I had a burger (unfortunately can't remember which, with some sweet potato fries, and the whole meal gave me the hit i needed! Would definitely recommend if you are looking for some hearty junk food!

Tastemaker

Byron is a fairly large but ever so slightly fancy burger joint chain. I'm not sure if I've ever been to one before, I expect I have, but if I have it didn't make its mark on me to really remember. Anyhow, me and some colleagues went down at lunchtime on a Friday today and I found it to be very good. Firstly, you can BOOK. I just rang up and reserved us a spot for 6 of us for 1pm. This seems to be a rarity in London these days and it's always difficult to get a table anywhere in central London on a Friday lunchtime. Service is prompt and functional, friendly-ish but not over the top. Food was great, I had the Smoky burger (bbq sauce, cheese, crispy onion bits, what's not to love?) and it was perfectly cooked. We shared some sides of fries, onion rings and courgette chips. I saw some sweet potato fries coming past my table and wished we had tried, they look good too. 

Staff Writer

I can't quite make up my mind about Byron's, I'm not the biggest burger fan, but I do enjoy something that is well cooked and delivered. Byron's is lacking something for me and I can't quite put my finger on it. I find the surroundings a little unwelcoming, by it's nature I feel you are being herded in, no pun intended, and pushed out just as quick, especially in the peak periods. That said, importantly, the food is reasonable enough, I've sometimes found the burgers to be a little greasy, but I've had mixed experiences on this. I think the key is to keep things reasonably plain and don't be won over by the flamboyant descriptions. On the plus side, the malted shakes, zucchini fries and fries in general are very good. Definitely visit, it will be enjoyable, but don't build up your expectations too much.


just the stench of the fat they use to cook everything should have been a warning to me as I approached this restaurant - I've now noticed that every Byron Burger has the same smell outside it. It just smells wrong - I did manage to eat the burger and it tasted good but... that smell!

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