The White House – Guildford

A friend of mine was recommended this pub by some colleagues.
Just some hundred meters away from the high street and convenient to get to.

Inside is tidy and well kept pub. Very cosy.

There is a good selection of pub foods and various drinks.
I ended up getting the Texan Monty which has Monterey jack and bacon.

And this is the burger:

First I noticed was the onion ring. That’s not an onion ring!
That’s a battered half onion!

Huge to say the least. But it was as tasty as the size of it. For an onion ring.

Now for the burger

As mentioned before, it’s a Bacon Cheese Burger. Monterey Jack and the crispy bacon always are always a good team. I still like cheddar more in a burger, but the choice of ingredients was good, except for the onion which was a bit acidic.
The patty was medium-rare. Very tender and tasty. Nice seasoning with a spicy zing in the end.
Good texture. Good enough to make you want for more.

The sesame bun was well chosen. Soft, with good texture.

Normally I steer away from a pub-burger when there is some sort of advertisement to a a well known ale maker. The quality of the burgers, generally speaking, leave a lot be desired.
Definitely not the case here.

Now speaking of Ale

Honey Dew!

How was I able to let this past by me for so long?
Has a nice honey flavour without bringing too much sweetness into it. Very smooth palate and easy to drink.
Just perfect when feasting on a burger like that.

MissLilly – I had the Pumpkin & Wild Mushroom Ravioli, and it was really nice.  At first seems a quite small portion, but it’s very filling. Creamy enough and tasty. It’s a good option too if you don’t fancy a burger.

Go there.
Very good place to go. And very well staffed.

Food – 4.5/5
Choice of drinks – 4/5
Service – 5/5
Location – 5/5

P.S. The Focaccia bread was horrible. Avoid.

The Botanist – Kew, London

Today’s entry is about The Botanist in Kew.

Just next to Kew Green, very close to Kew gardens, there is a pub that brews their own beer. A selections of Ales, Stouts and seasonal offerings.

And if you do go there, don’t miss them!

Friendly atmosphere, with pub area and a small dining room.

Some pub food is also available, including the beef burger which I will talk about.

Meals are expensive. With the beef burger being 11.50GBP. That means a meal (Burger+beer) will set you back some 15 quid, with no problems whatsoever.

Bacon cheese burger.

The baps have no sesame, but are very regular. They come slightly toasted.

The bacon is unlike normal bacon from cheeseburgers. It’s more like a British twist on the BCB, as the bacon is the same as the one on a English Breakfast. A slab of fried pork bacon without any crunch. Tasty, though.

Cheese is a regular cheddar. Nothing much to say about it.

Tasting the patty shows that it is a very heavy and well-seasoned meat. High density of beef on a thick burger patty, providing some weight to ensemble cast. Slightly spicy and very tasty.

One of the complaints I normally have, is that the meat has a lot of air within. Even though it seems to be a fulfilling meal, it stops being satisfying after a short while (MacDonald’s, I’m looking at you). Not the case here. Each bite fills the mouth with flavour (and meat). And since it is quite a heavy burger, it is a decent meal.

Comes with some of the best fries out there, in my opinion (oh yes…). Crispy with skin-on. Slightly salted and very well fried.

Not sure about the onions and coleslaw. The latter tastes as if there was soap in it.
Area to improve, I suppose.

Friendly staff. Improved from the last year I have been living in the area,

One of my favourite drinks to have, and on of the reason why I got this blog up, is beer. And there is a good choice of micros.
I had a Skunk IPA (I think) and a Nemophilia.

The Skunk IPA is a reddish, slightly sour on the way in, but develops a nutty overtone and finishes sweet.

However the Nemophilia is a creamy, creamy stout. Very coffee and very appealing.

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I will keep coming to this pub.

Food – 4/5
Choice of drinks – 4/5
Service – 4/5
Location – 4/5

H3 Hamburgers – Portugal

There is this burger “joint” franchise in Portugal that I would consider unorthodox but definitely one of the best there.

The concept is very different from MacDonald’s or Burger King, where it’s not really a restaurant with seats and not a fast-food place as well.

The meat is very high quality, tasty, well seasoned,cared after and definitely not rushed. You do have to wait a bit for your burger even after going through a considerable large queue.

Prices vary, but they go from ~5euros to 9 a meal. There is a selection of burgers, none of which are a “bacon cheese burger”, but rather a fusion of Portuguese cuisine and something not at all Portuguese, i.e. the burger.

This is the place


(The photo is not mine)

It’s called H3 “hamburgology” or something of sorts.

What I always have is a “Cheeseburger” with a fried egg. And a side of rice (as I can’t stand the fries).

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The presentation is very “mom and dad” type of restaurant. So, it’s typical and basic.

The Mayo and ketchup are AMAZING. Fried egg done right and rice just perfect for this type of dish.

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The burger is done on a grill in front of you. The taste of it is present and transforms the patty into a high quality burger. The cross-section of the patty shows that is cooked through and it’s a good quality meat.

Also recommended the bread version:

super bread h3

super bread h3

The same grilled burger in focaccia bread. Delicious! It’s a shame the chips, but the meat is definitely worth it.

Drinks wise, no real selection of beers mainly sodas. Good strawberry lemonade. Great value!

  • Food – 4/5
  • Choice of drinks – 2/5
  • Service – 3/5
  • Location – 5/5