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Patty & Bun

Restaurants, Burgers Marylebone
4 out of 5 stars
(51user reviews)

Time Out says

Despite seating just 30 diners at a time, Patty & Bun has – in less than a year – carved out a reputation for serving some of London’s finest burgers. All-day queues are testament to the fact that its amiable bunch of staff have the format spot-on. They don’t mess around with ingredients (British wherever possible), the menu is witty yet not contrived, and they’ve even had the nous to offer takeaways. From the restaurant’s start as a pop-up, the kitchen has worked hard to hone its dishes; sides such as skin-on rosemary salt chips show the care that’s gone into perfecting each recipe. The signature ‘ari gold’ burger is a generous patty slathered in a winning combination of ketchup and smoky mayo, before being sandwiched in a glazed brioche bun. More original is the ‘lamb-shank redemption’, a firm lamb burger strongly flavoured with coriander, chilli and cumin aïoli. Aside from the main event, the smoky-sweet confit wings were pretty special too. The atmosphere couldn’t be more laid-back: tables are bare, and tunes pump from a laptop perched on the bar. P&B’s reputation as the up-and-coming burger supremo might be justified, but the hype hasn’t gone to its head.



Address: 54 James Street
Transport: Tube: Bond Street tube
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4 out of 5 stars

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4 / 5

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I like to think of myself as a burger fanatic. I've been living in London for a very long time and love to try as many establishments/pop ups/street stall burgers. The unfortunate truth is that the burgers here are massively 'over-hyped'.

The burgers are very small unless you double up- the brioche bun's that they use are typically quite dry and the meat is quite flat and does not extend to the whole width of the bread. 

All in all the burgers are quite mundane, if you are looking for an 'old school greasy burger' I would suggest Meat Liquor or one of London's Kurb Street market stalls such as 'Mother Flipper'. 

But if you are looking for a 'classier' burger then this is ideal place for you.

The beers are all in small 'coke sized' cans where they offer a few nice IPA's and a Red Stripe- pretty standard Lager from Jamaica and the wine is served in a tumbler glass.

Overpriced for a small average burger

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Despite a long wait in the cold, this forerunner of London's burger craze didn't disappoint. The burger (in my case a smokey robinson) was pink in the middle, gooey and set off by the lovely smokey mayonnaise and onions. But the surprise star of the night was the chicken wings - slightly spicy, sticky and falling off the bone - yum! 

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London has really uped it's burger game as of late and Patty and bun is no exception with its brioche buns, succulently cooked meat and dont get me started on the herb infused fries!


This is the original Patty and Bun, situated on James street. It's small and always busy but you don't have to wait long for a seat.

The burgers are really good with lots of messy sauce (although this did make my bun a bit soggy), but I wouldn't bother with the side salad again which was a plate of limp lettuce and too much dressing. Unfortunately the music was so loud and terrible the last time I went it was almost off-putting, especially for such a small space; but no complaints about the service- everyone is really friendly and professional.


I always find it surprisingly hard to find somewhere filling to eat near and around Oxford Street, with many of the better, less touristy places hidden in all the back streets.  Patty and Bun come up trumps being right behind Selfridges on a cute little street amongst other cafes, which is perfect for a rogue burger and fries when you feel like one.  The classic cheeseburger doesn’t disappoint in all of its messy glory and any fries garnished with rosemary gets my vote.  Sit outside on their benches for optimum London people watching and have a stroll through Hyde Park afterwards to work off the buns.


Probably one of the best burger in London. The place is nicely decorated, the service is warm and welcoming and the burgers with fries, exactly the way we want them: tasty and delicious. It is indeed a pretty small space, so better to avoid pic hours. If you ask me where to go to eat a good burger, that would be at the top of my list.

Yummy in my tummy burger.

Delicious burger and great atmosphere, which makes the perfect combination.


Patty & Bun is pretty dang tasty. The vibe is rather cool and trendy, and to be perfectly honest, at first I found the staff a little stand-offish. They seemed to know that their burger joint was super cool, and just were not very friendly when my friend and I first sat down. 

After we ordered like half the menu, however, they certainly brightened up. 

Frosty staff aside, the burgers here are incredibly enjoyable. The Smokey Robinson is my favorite and the chips are nice and crisp. The cheese balls are a hands down, unexpected winner. So good. So, so good. 

Will definitely be going back again.


After visiting both the Liverpool Street and Shoreditch branches, I am thoroughly pleased by P&B. 

The Liverpool Street branch offers delicious food on the doorstep of one of the busiest stations in the city. I had the Lambshank Redemption twice. The first time, I was astounded by how wonderful the flavours worked together; the chicken mayo was delicious; the lamb was so tender. The second time, wasn't as great as the first, but still pretty good.

At Redchurch Street, I tried the Jose Jose Chilli Burger. I asked for medium rare and that it was. The Chilli relish, pickled onions and smokey mayo was all amazing.

P&B have nailed simple ingredients to make great flavours. It's simple and fast, with incredible tastes. 

The only thing that falls short is the selection of burgers, with about 5/6 to choose from. Also, the presentation is very sloppy, with grease all over the iconic wrapping. 


Went here with a few friends from work on bfs recommendation - he raves about their burgers and goes once a month at lunch time at the Liverpool Street branch

They don't take bookings and are a bit funny about seating until the whole group are there  (we were waiting for one person), which I do understand if it's busy but there were a few tables free but instead had to wait in cold (not enough room inside)
Menu is small but looks good
I went with the smoky Robinson and got to try my friends lamb burger
Both were good but not amaaaazing
I prefer shake shack! Also service a bit rushed and waiters not great
Probably would get one for lunch if walking past but wouldn't go back for dinner!

As an American, I'm still trying to find the best burger in London, and it's been a long, painful search until this place, Shake Shake and Five Guys opened in London in the last few years.The Ari Gold burger at this place is reminiscent of the burgers at In-N-Out in the US (the gold standard fast-food chain for burgers for a lot of Americans), although the brioche bun is a nice addition to the standard burger here. Having to queue to get in and then being squished into a table so close to the others that you can't hear or talk or move without great effort isn't all that great, but it's supposed to be part of the experience to make you feel that you're somewhere special. The chips with rosemary salt are great and the Rum Punch was sweet and smooth, but the smoked confit wings weren't really to our taste. Go with friends so that you can get a bigger table than the tiny ones for two!

After living in America for 4years, I was upset to be leaving behind the burgers which we just never seemed to be able to contend with... Until I tried Patty & Bun. Hands down my favourite burgers in London, if not anywhere! Big fan.

Patty & Bun is that rarest of burger joints - it does exactly what it says on the tin, and it does it bloody well. The burgers are incredibly juicy and flavoursome - see the Ari Gold burger as a particular highlight. Seating is cramped, and I would never recommend queuing for anywhere in London, but if they happen to have spaces, get yourself sat down!


Patty & Bun still reigns supreme as serving one of the best burgers in London. Yes, there is a queue, but there are ways to ride it out. I recommend going in the summer, when the warmer weather makes it a lot less miserable, or coming after a spot of late night shopping on Oxford Street- around 9pm the queue can be virtually gone. One of my favourite things about P&B is how friendly the staff are- from the queue tamer to our wait staff, everyone was very friendly and helpful, making the experience even more enjoyable. Once inside you are seated at their cosy tables- definitely not a place if you want an intimate dinner, but a lot of (tasty) fun nonetheless. The classic is the SMokey Robinson, smothered in sauce and with bacon. The lamb and chicken burgers also have many fans, and the cocktails are worth trying. Patty & Bun hits the spot- great burgers at a good price in a fun and friendly atmosphere- no wonder there's a queue to come here!


Taste-wise, Patty & bun is definitely one of my favorite burger in London - or ever, really! The Lambshank Redemption burger is my go-to every time. However, I don't visit very often as I just find the whole procedure too stressful. While seating and being served works quite well in Marylebone, I haven't had very good experiences in Liverpool Street (wrong order, and it's not very comfortable at all...). 


A year ago, almost to the month, I embarked on a mission to find the best (in my eyes) burger in London! Little did I know that the first burger joint I tried would end up being the reigning champion a year later, Patty & Bun! Everything about the James St restaurant hits the spot, red stripe beers, superb playlist (that’s available on Spotify!), dim lighting from low hanging lamps and dark wooden benches with a cosy vibe – the place is just cool and the food, even better! I don’t think you can really go wrong with any burger from the menu, but favourites are the ‘Lambshank Redemption’, ‘Hot Chic’ and ‘Smokey Robinson’…it’s not uncommon for me to order 3 burgers between 2! One of the best burgers I have ever had in my life was a The Truffle Meister special from here – brioche, ketchup, lettuce, celeriac & radish slaw, aged beef patty topped with truffled short rib, shittake mushroom, roast chicken mayo and caramelised onions! Amen.


A strong contender for london's top burger, patty and bun consistently impresses. The patty is juicy, the brioche is tasty and the right consistency, and the accompanying sauces just ooze out more and more flavour with each bite. The wider array of burgers available than some of its competitors also means you never get tired of it all. The accompaniments such as the fries, desserts and beers are also top notched. It's easy to understand why queues can range from 15minutes to an hour, especially during meal times. Then again...  due to the convenience of a quick burger at patty and bun, anytime is meal time.... Considering I did go at 4pm after a lunch at 2pm elsewhere..

The Ari Gold sure did impress... as did the chicken burger on my second visit. The only thing that lets down this slightly cramped burger joint is the music being blasted at your while you try and enjoy your meal. It's honestly distracting and forget trying to have a conversation. Makes you want to leave asap which is perhaps the point as seating is limited and there is generally a queue for a table. 


Had the chicken burger. Didn't enjoy it at all, so greasy. Went back to have a burger. Didn't enjoy that either. Patty&Bun just doesnt work for me. My husband enjoyed his burger, though.


Patty & Bun holds a special place in my heart, London's best, juiciest burgers in my opinion.
I wish they would open a place that would feel more like a restaurant, I would be their loyal costumer.


One of the best burger places in London, no question!  Ari Gold is the burger you dream about.....Amazing! 

Over an hour wait for pretty good burgers, better than average fries and really weird artificial tasting chicken wings. Love a good burger, but not worth the hour wait in my eyes there are better spots in the city.

Patty & Bun do great burgers that the competition cannot match. The Lambshank Redemption is the best Lamb burger I've ever had. The chips are great and the Chicken Wings literally fall of the bone in a moorish, sticky BBQ coating. Definitely worth queuing for if you want the best burgers in London. There is a pub around the corner as well, so you can grab a drink whilst you queue up.

Ordered a Hot Chic chicken burger for lunchtime takeway. Very average patty. More sourish than hot. Bun was unappetising, similar to one that you just take out from a Sainsbury bun pack. Not impressed at all. Concluded that it is just an overrated joint.

Just got back from patty and bun,after having the best burger I have ever tasted.We had to queue which really wasn't a problem at all, nice atmosphere while we waited. Looks like there was only 3 waiting staff but the service was amazing.,quick and very efficient.I have to say the burger was absolutely delicious,moist and just the right amount of ingredients to compliment all the flavours. I would highly recommend it to anyone ten out of ten. Thank you.

The best burger I have ever tasted in London! Much better than Byron, Five Guys, and the likes. I always go for a Smokey Robinson, but cheeseburger is also perfect! They use British products where possible. The rosemary fries are really yummy too! I can't say it's cheap, they charge £8 for a Smokey Robinson (and a bit less for a cheeseburger) but if you consider Five Guys also charges you the same price for a really bad cheeseburger, I think it's definitely worth it. They also serve craft beers such as Brooklyn Lager. The queue is normal if you go at 5 pm in a weekday. Attention: Mondays closed.

After reading about patty & bun on here, I decided to give it a try. The place was busy and packed with tourists. The staff at the door was very polite and was trying to cut down the queue and offer a table asap. The place is a bit small and cramped. Despite that, everything is good. As soon as you start eating, you would ignore anything around you, and just eat. The smokey robinson is the best burger I've ever had in the UK and I am not a burger fan. The 20 minutes wait (in the freezing cold february weather) is definitely worth it.

I came here after reading the reviews and wanted to try the place for myself. I had to wait about 15 minites for a table but it was well worth it. These are genuinely some of the best burgers I've had in London (I recommend the smokey robinson!). The staff are excellent as well, really friendly and very speedy service. I can't rate it highly enough, go and try it for yourself!

I loved the taste of the sauce in the burger. The patty was ok but in my second burger (I couldn't resist getting another one) there was a tiny bit of bone which was a bit bleeeucchchchch! But i quite like P&B. True the burgers are a bit messy and they should tidy them up but both my Ari Gold Cheeseburgers were pretty tidy. My friend's chilli burger and then chicken burger though were too messy just slopping all over the place. I really liked the Icelandic Pale Ale was lovely. The choc ice was stupid - was expecting something better, why is it NO burger place can get puddings right?! Shake Shack frozen custard here we come! So in summary the burger was very very tasty (I had to get 2) but the other burgers a little sloppy...but it's pretty good. And what I like is that the place has WINDOWS and LIGHTS (Take note ML)

People are stupid sometimes. But I suppose that's life. Patty & Bun offer up some of the best burgers in London (and I've eaten a lot of em) People in London just LOVE having something to complain about, its almost laughable. If your drink isn't chilled, why not put it in the glass with ice that you're provided with? SIMPLE. Patty & Bun rules.

Zo and Soap if you had actually asked the staff as I did, you would have found out that the VAT is not added onto your bill it is included in the price of the burger as many restaurants do, Patty and Bun just illustrate it, fair enough not the best idea because as it confuses some people... More importantly the burgers are banging! Messy and delicious, every mouthful is well worth the wait!

Disapointment - There are quite a few of these places in London, and this stands out in decor for me only. Toppings, whilst nice were to overpowering. The burger felt like an after thought. The Burger was so greasy that even the waitress apologised for it when she walked past. I have no problem with messy food, but this was not even enjoyable. a burger and chips for £11 then adding VAT on top is crazy. I would not rush back here and very disapointed as heard such good things

No other burger compares. I been to two other 'top' burger joints in london and this by far is the best. The staff clearly love to be there and hardly have to sell anything... They are all a breath of fresh air. i went to P&B on a saturday and even though the wait was long i felt like i was wanted and enjoyed every bite and minute. I'm happy to say i am one of the suckers who left with a massive smile on my face. Cannot wait to get my hands on another burger... Lambshank redemption next i think!! THANK YOU PATTY AND BUN!!

Really great burger was overshadowed by a host of irritations - the prices don't include VAT, so that's a big extra whack on your final bill - Oi, P&B THIS ISN'T AMERICA! Advertise your prices honestly! And their drinks fridge 'wasn't big enough to fit all the drinks' so only the beer is chilled. Easy solution... buy a bigger fridge. And I still don't really see the justification for not letting people put their names and numbers down in the queue and come back later, a la Burger and Lobster or Honest Burger. Aaand I still can't get my head around not including chips with the burger... all in all, it feels like you're being conned at every turn, which ruins the straightforward-just-gimme-a-good-burger vibe.

Been there a couple of times now, and have loved it on both occasions. The burgers are the best I've had in a long time, and the service is really friendly. As Bennyboy mentioned in his review below it is busy at peak times. But getting a 5 star review on this website may have had a little bit to do with that, and they seem to be coping pretty well considering how small the place is. Get out of the queue Bennyboy and let the less miserable people behind you enjoy themselves.

When I went, the guy serving was trying way too hard to be everyone's best buddy, the music and decor were painfully hipsterish and most importantly the burger was nothing special and committed the cardinal sin of having a rubbish bottom bun, which disintegrated quickly so it was impossible to eat with fingers. Oh and it was so ridiculously busy, people were queuing outside and it all felt shincter-clenchedly pressured and arch and the antithesis of enjoyment. Yes its fast food, but that should only apply to the speed of service. Dont believe the hype with this one, basically.

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