I first visited Byron in intu Derby way back when it first opened a couple of years ago and I’ve never been back. Mostly because of the bad service I received while I was there but also because I thought the food was overpriced. So when intu Derby invited me along to celebrate Byron’s tenth birthday I wasn’t jumping for joy but I had an open mind.
We arrived a little early but we were quickly shown to our table. We were seated with another blogger, Gemma from The Gem Agenda and her friend. I’ve only ever met Gemma once at the Rush Hair event back in October so it was great to have a proper chat with her.
We ordered our drinks almost straight away and our starters and mains not long after. I went for a classic chocolate milkshake (as always!) and Jordan chose a root beer. To start we ordered chicken nuggets with a BBQ dip and nachos with salsa, guacamole, cheese and jalapenos.
I like my nuggets soft on the inside and crispy on the outside but these were just soft. They were tasty but I’d prefer them a little crispier. The BBQ sauce on the other hand tasted homemade and was delicious, plus there was lots of it!
The nachos were piled high with loads of salsa and guacamole, but the portion was enormous! Even if two people were sharing them there would still be too much. Plus the tortilla chips were a bit greasy which I didn’t like very much.
We’d only just finished our starters when our mains were brought over to the table. We both ordered the Gizzmo burger with cheese and bacon fries on the side. Jordan had his burger well done but I chose to have mine medium rare which is how Byron usually serve their burgers.
Don’t get me wrong, the burger was good but it wasn’t mind-blowing. I expected more, especially as it was designed by chef Gizzi Erskine. It was tasty and incredibly cheesy but it just felt like a better than average cheeseburger.
The cheese and bacon fries were amazing but, like almost every portion of cheese and bacon fries I’ve ever eaten, the cheese quickly ran out and then I was left with plain fries. I’d have loved the cheese and bacon topping to be layered through the fries!
After our mains I ordered a salted caramel milkshake and Jordan ordered a banana milkshake. The salted caramel milkshake was just as good as the chocolate milkshake but it got a little sickly towards the end. I couldn’t finish it all while we were there so I took the rest away with me in a takeaway cup. There was no way I was leaving it behind! Jordan really enjoyed his banana milkshake but he could only manage half of it. To be honest, I think his eyes were bigger than his belly!
Burgers and sides are purchased separately so when you add it up it gets expensive! Burgers alone range between £7 and £12.50 and sides between £3 and £4.50 which, to me, is a lot of money. The portions are good though so it all depends on how much you want to pay for a good burger.
I was happy to discover that the service had improved since my first visit. We were shown to our table quickly and the waitress who looked after us was friendly and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. We couldn’t have asked for better service to be honest!
Overall it was a good night but I don’t think we’ll be rushing back. I enjoyed my burger but I can’t help but feel like you can get an equally good, possibly better, burger elsewhere for less.
However everyone is different and I know for sure that Byron have some passionate and loyal customers. Give them a try and see what you think. In fact, Thursday 24th August is actually National Burger Day so why not make a special visit to celebrate?
Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever been to Byron before? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you’ll go and try it for yourself?
Our meals were gifted in exchange for this blog post.