“The BH Burger” – The Boathouse

Menu description:

The BH burger – monterey jack cheese, BH relish, baby gem, gherkins, beef tomato, brioche bun, skin-on fries & coleslaw

Price of burger: £12.45


After a long hard week at work, what could be better than soaking up the sun in a beer garden with a cold glass of fruity cider? Throw a burger into the equation too and you’ve got yourself a winning Friday night there, my friend!

The venue for this review is The Boathouse. Now, I have coveted the food here for some time so I knew exactly what I was going to have – The BH burger.

Burger review of The BoathouseThe Boathouse is probably one of the best places you can be when the sun is shining in Shrewsbury. Sat on the banks of the River Severn, the beer garden has a beautiful view of the quarry and, on this occasion, rowers floating up and down the river – very picturesque indeed!

As well as the normal drinks you’d expect to see, The Boathouse has a cracking selection of real ale and two different types of Rekorderlig on tap – perfect for a scorching afternoon tipple!

The burger didn’t take long to arrive – I was at the bar at the time so I saw it go past. The fear of standing at the bar whilst your burger’s on the table where two hungry friends are waiting is overwhelming. But I think they know by now that if they’d so much as touched it, they’d have been in for a delightful swim alongside the rowers. Fortunately, when I got back to the table, there it was waiting for me in all its glory.

Burger review of The BoathouseThe first thing that struck me was the delicious looking brioche bun. It had a beautiful sheen and I couldn’t wait to dig in. First I smashed the coleslaw. I’m a huge fan of slaw and this was lovely; I just wish there had been more of it as it only came in a dinky little pot – BOOOO!

The skin-on fries were next on my list. Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of a “chunky chip” (you are what you eat) but I am not adverse to a skin-on fry every now and again; variety is, after all, the spice of life. They were well seasoned but not crispy as I had initially imagined they would be. Once again, I only wish there had been a few more. The fries arrived in a little basket which I think, tactically, gave the appearance that there were more. I like a chip receptacle, don’t get me wrong, but I just feel there could have been a few more for the price…Burger review of The Boathouse

Anyway, I’d waited long enough – on to the burger!! From my first bite I knew I’d made the right decision. The burger patty itself wasn’t exceptionally thick but it was perfectly cooked. Ever-so slightly pink in the middle, the meat was juicy and succulent, and perfectly complemented by the cheese and relish. Normally, I’d make a cursory remark about the salad but, in this case, I need to go into more detail – this was arguably the best salad on a burger I can recall having in a very long time. All of it was fresh, crisp, tasty and it really did take the burger to the next level. Don’t get me wrong, it will be a cold day in hell before I take a vow of vegan-ism (pretty sure vegans have to take a vow, right?) but I can’t deny that this was very nice indeed!

If do I have some criticisms. 1/ The burger selection wasn’t vast, but as it’s a fairly small establishment, I can’t complain too much. 2/ Additionally, at £12.45, perhaps the price was a little too high.

But neither of those will stop me from visiting again – next time I’m going for the cider pulled pork burger!


Entire meal 8.5

Burger 9.0

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