London is a city where if you want a good, juicy burger you've got plenty of options to find one. P&B doesn't necessarily step it up in that it probably won't be the best you'll ever have but it definitely fits the bill for good and juicy. It's also much better than the more chain feel kind of places like Byron and GBK, even though prices are comparable. The lamb burger they've got on their menu at the moment is really tasty and surprised me, as I've never had a lamb burger before. It's got aubergine and feta in it too, which is a playfully Greek take on a burger. The normal burgers are a generous size, the beef is succulent, and they all have pickled onion in them, which really complements the whole thing. They have these rosemary chips with a roast chicken mayo, which I'd also recommend trying. As for service and availability, I've been to this joint a few times, always around lunch and have never had trouble getting a table or good and attentive service. The music was a bit too loud for me and it's a small venue, as P&B venues typically tend to me, but if there's not a lot of occupancy it's not really an issue. Obviously this might be different in the evenings or at peak times but eating here has always been a very positive experience for me.
Like most P&Bs, the place it very small. I think they’ve
tried to make it a bit bigger during the recent refurbishment, but it’s still
tiny, with tables so close to one another that it is uncomfortable. They don’t
take bookings, so be prepared to queue. Recently, I went there to get a take
away lunch with two colleagues, we were told the order would take 25 minutes,
which was OK. In reality it was 40 as they do all take-away orders at once
rather than prepare them in order of the queue.
I’m not entirely sure why people are raving so much about
this place. Maybe if I was a meat eater, I’d understand the phenomena. Not to
say their mushroom burger isn’t tasty. It’s very good, I especially loved the
tarragon mayo, but I don’t think it’s worth the price. On the top of it the staff had ‘WTF’ attitude,
which may be fine with the local hipsters, but with so many places around to
choose from, I’d rather get my veggie burgers elsewhere.