My Notting Hill: Honest Burgers

I'm not really a meat eater.

Most of the time,
I stick to veggies...
unless it's exceptionally delicious meat.

Like boeuf bourgignon at a favorite French restaurant
or pork barbecue sandwiches when I'm in the South...
or Chick-fil-A nuggets by the handful because they are goooood.

We don't really eat at ton of red meat,
so we save our burger splurges
for the best...
which means we don't eat them in England.

Burgers in England are gross.

I hate to be a downer, but it's just true.

They're nasty (in my Texan snob opinion)
for two reasons:

1. The cows are grass-fed and it makes the beef taste weird.

2. They use breadcrumbs in the patties so it makes them have
a weird, meatloaf-y consistency.

Now, a year ago,
I could have written off this entire
soggy island and it's soggy burger patties...
but I actually, have to allow for a few exceptions.

Now that the US darlings Shack Shake & Five Guys 
have come to town,
it is possible to get a good burger...

AND because Honest Burgers is here.

Since they are British and have created a good burger,
they get an extra gold star.

There are a few locations,
but we go to the one in Notting Hill
on Portobello Road

They offer a really simple menu,
but it's a good one.

Go with the Honest burger (bacon, cheddar, carmelised onion relish)
 + homemade fries with rosemary salt.

Once your tummy starts protruding
with a burger pooch,
you'll singing John Cougar Mellancamp
and swearing to yourself that you were
back in the good ole US of A.

(Except you actually won't be... so don't sing... Just hum.)

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189 Portobello Road 
London W11 2ED

+44 (0) 7229 4978

(Other locations available here.)

*photography by Noah Darnell


  1. Totally agree on the British burgers! I didn't know about the breadcrumbs, but that helps explain the dense texture of their burgers. I wish I had an Honest Burger in my area, but we do love Gourmet Burger Kitchen for a yummy burger.

  2. ok put it in my list of to-do next time I'm in London!! YUM!!!

  3. YUM! im not a huge meat eater either.... but i always make an exception for burgers. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  4. Mmm, I miss me a really sensational Texas burger. You're right, they're just so different over here! Except in Scotland, I had a Highland beef burger and that was pretty marvelous!

  5. Fine.....I'm hungry again!!!!
    I have already had dinner!

  6. We don't eat much meat either BUT we had burgers for dinner last night & I told Rob that it must be the American in me but I love burgers. So glad you found a place close to your flat for American comfort food!

  7. Ughhhhh stop, you're making me want nothing more than an Honest burger right now and I can't have one because I'm not in London. :( I MISS THESE BURGERS. Can America have them soon? Or can you teleport one to me? It would be much appreciated. xx

    Style to Stage

  8. Lauren, I love the photos on this post, they look so great! What kind of camera did you use to take them?

    P.S. I'm dying for a burger now. ;-)

  9. Forget the burger and give me the fries!!!

  10. How have I missed this? Right around the corner from us! It's now on my list of things to try. As a fellow Texan now living in London (& even more so Notting Hill), I'm excited to have found your blog!


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