The great Bristol Burger-off
by Jess Carter
13 June 2018
Josh Eggleton's sure got beef..
Josh's popular food pub The Kensington Arms has just launched a brand new burger night – and boy, did they kick it off with some drama.
Enlisting the help of Bristol’s ‘burger queen’ (blogger Natalie Brereton, who we’re willing to bet you follow on at least one social media platform), The Kenny hosted a hotly contested burger-off last Thursday. Michelin-starred Josh and the pub's head chef Luke Hawkins got in on the action too, with each of the three creating a very different burger for the evening's menu.
Guests each got to test out two of the gourmet burgers available (which were served with a starter, dirty fries, dessert and a flight of Bristol Beer Factory brews), and were given voting cards at the end of the meal to help determine which patty would triumph.
It’s not every night you get to hang out with a Michelin star chef & his team in their environment🍴I give Eggers a lot of shit & banter but he really is a bloody diamond!💎His team are all fantastic, friendly & so hard working too. So happy with #burgeroff 🍔 pic.twitter.com/lwS4IbwEts— Natalie Brereton (@NatalieBrereton) June 8, 2018
An imaginative cuttlefish burger came in an inky black bun with a crisp Asian ’slaw and savoury peanut satay sauce, and a meltingly tender and lardy pork number was sandwiched with tangy pickled red cabbage to cut through the rich meat. The veggie option was a proper belter too – honestly. With a patty made from butterbean and cashew, it had a moreish savouriness and great crunch from chunks of nut.
The winner of the night though, which was revealed once all the votes had been counted and adjudicated in the most rigorous and professional fashion (we imagine), was the beef. The meat was topped with soft flakes of ox cheek and crisp shards of pancetta, which punchy smoked Cheddar slowly melted into inside the comfort of the fresh, shiny bun.
But who did the winning burger belong to? Natalie Brereton. Better luck next time hey, Josh?
Although burger night at The Kenny won’t be quite as eventful as this on the regular, it will promise a burger with a side of dirty fries and a pint of Bristol Beer Factory Beer for £15, and is to be held every first Thursday of the month. Expect a choice of three burgers, with a new number appearing each month.