Honest Burgers are bringing their Great British Burgers and homemade rosemary salted chips to Brighton in early 2019. They will open at 8 Duke Street – the site currently occupied by highly-acclaimed restaurant Pascere – which is moving on to a new location.
Most burger joints look to America for inspiration, but Honest’s burgers are distinctively British – the kind you might eat at a farmers’ market, in wellies, in the rain. The signature Honest burger features British beef, homemade red onion relish, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce and homemade pickles.
Honest founders Tom Barton and Philip Eeles – who met while working at Brighton’s Riddle and Finns – are dedicated to serving the best possible burgers using quality British meat and veg. Over the next few weeks, Tom and Phil will be meeting Brighton’s local brewers and producers to create some brand-new just-for-Brighton specials that will be ready in time for launch.
Potatoes are bought from a sixth-generation farmer just 30 miles from the Brighton restaurant. Honest makes their chips in-house daily and always include a portion in the price of a burger – they’ve done it that way since they opened their first restaurant in Brixton Village, London in 2011. Beef comes from their own butchery in south London. Equally important as the food is Honest’s culture of old-school hospitality – customers experience naturally friendly service, a comfortable casual vibe and no unnecessary fuss.
Honest Co-Founder Tom Barton says “Phil and I met working at Riddle & Finns while I was at university in Brighton. After a few too many pints at The Bath Arms, we decided to go into business together. The first burgers we ever served were at the Brighton Food Festival in 2010. We sold out of chips on the first day and spent all night making more – we were hooked. Returning to Brighton feels like a homecoming and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Honest Burgers is a national group of homemade burger restaurants with an uncompromising focus on quality and simplicity. 100% grass-fed, aged British beef is finely chopped (not minced) in their own south London butchery for standout flavour and texture.
The potatoes that make the best chips are grown in Sussex, just for Honest, and are cut and cooked fresh every day. They are never, ever frozen.
Honest Burgers is one of just ten UK producers who are accredited to cook medium-rare beef patties (unless their customers prefer it otherwise). They source their ingredients carefully and around 95% of their menu is homemade. They use free-range chicken and British cheese, milk and more.
Honest’s restaurant managers are involved in developing their own menus – collaborating with the best local producers to create one-off burgers and finding great independent local beers. They do all this for a fair and honest price.
In December 2018, Honest were named Restaurant Magazine’s “Best Overall Restaurant Operator – Over 20 Sites” at the R200 Awards. They have featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list (which ranks the top private British companies by sales growth) in consecutive years since 2015.
Honest was nominated for CGA/Peach’s 2017 ‘Hero and Icon’ Awards for breakthrough brand and best entrepreneurial company. They were also nominated for best concept at MCA retailers retail awards 2018.