As soon as a new restaurant opens in Leicester, we’re always raring to try it. When we were invited along to try the newest burger branch in town, Byron, it’s an understatement to say we were excited!

On our arrival we were greeted by a friendly waiter who showed us to our comfy booth which would be our home for the next hour or so.

To start with we ordered our drinks, Snapple iced tea and a fresh lemonade. Byron also provides an extensive beer menu for those looking for that classic beer and burger combo, including two house beers; Byron Lager and Byron Pale Ale.

Next up; the food. Byron offers two appetisers ‘While You Wait’, we opted for the olives but they also do tortilla chips with a choice of dips. As big olive fans, these were definitely up there with the best we’ve had and certainly the most green we’ve ever seen.

While we scoffed our olives we browsed the menu to choose the main event; the burgers.

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Katrina is a vegetarian and although there is only one option on the menu, it’s a welcome change to the usual greasy veggie pattie in a bun. Byron clearly understands that if you’re a vegetarian then you just like vegetables, not something pretending to be meat. You can see this with their grilled Portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper, goat’s cheese, baby spinach, tomato, red onion and aioli burger.

Not being a goats cheese fan, Katrina opted to swap it for avocado and we must say, substitution was made very easy. This was definitely a nice surprise and showed us that everything must be made fresh to order.

This could also be seen with Bethan’s burger. All the burgers at Byron are cooked to medium but the servers do check that’s okay.

Bethan chose the Chilli burger which definitely isn’t for those who shy away from spice. It’s fair to say there were some tears.

The food arrived quickly, within 15 minutes and didn’t disappoint. We went all out and picked two side dishes to accompany our burgers but you could easily share one between two people. We had courgette fries and homemade skin-on chips. Bethan was sceptical about the courgette fries but we actually both loved them.

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Despite being full, we decided to try desserts to give you our honest opinion of the menu. It definitely wasn’t anything to do with the fact that we both have a sweet tooth. The knickerbocker glory and strawberries and cream sundae were both never ending glasses of ice cream goodness. We would definitely recommend splashing out on a dessert.

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All in all, our Byron experience was amazing and we can’t wait to go back. The friendly atmosphere made for a perfect evening and we haven’t stopped dreaming about the food since.

Byron is a little more pricey than your average burger joint and it doesn’t do student discount but the fresh ingredients make it well worth that little bit extra.