Handmade Burger Co, Leicester

And so begins the annual pilgrimage to the Leicester comedy festival. Just five shows for us this year, lots of other things also going on this month! Tonight it was Shappi Khorsandi at The Cookie, which is a great little comedy venue, but a little cramped when you are queuing up to go down into the basement. Instead of eating there, we opted for the reliable¬†Handmade Burger Co, who we have visited regularly since the Shires extension (supposed to call it Highcross, but it’s been the Shires for so long) opened.

Remarkably for a chain, they are much more prevalent to the north of the Watford Gap, so you might have one if you live in the Midlands, or anywhere further north. And my goodness there are a lot of burgers to choose from on their menu. Beef dominates, followed by chicken, then veggie, then lamb. You then get various choices of topping, from simple “fairground” (cheese, onions, tomato sauce, mayo) to “oriental”¬†(crispy noodles, hoisin sauce, wasabi mayonnaise & watercress). There are different choices for the other fillings too –¬†peanut butter, smoked bacon, chilli jam, lettuce, tomato & red onion sounds like an intriguing combination on top of a chicken breast fillet.

I’ve worked my way around a few in the last couple of years, tonight it was BBQ, cheese and bacon, a classic combination. You order sides separately, and a bowl of chips and a bowl of salad are usually enough for 2 people. I can haz cheezburger?


Always freshly cooked, always tasty. A reliable burger. The only downside is that there is never usually any real ale available. Ok, it’s not a pub with hand pumps, but there are enough local breweries in the area who could supply them with some bottles for their diners to enjoy. I always like a nice ale with my burgers.