Stock Burger Co.
Stock Burger Co. is a place I’ve wanted to check out since the weekend it opened back towards the beginning of the year. For a while, my boyfriend and I went through a burger obsession phase, and whilst we’ve moved on from that, are still on the hunt for the best one we can find in Brighton. A restaurant based on pairing burgers with its ideal craft beer, Stock Burger also boasts a large cocktail, milkshake and dessert offering. With all of this and an award winning burger under their belt, I knew we needed to try Stock Burger Co.
First thing’s first, when you get into Stock Burger, it’s absolutely massive! Tables run all around each side of the room, with additional bar seating in the middle of the restaurant and a large terrace directly outside. The setting is pretty understated and feels quite cool, no over the top diner theme but a slick, steely grey interior that feels clean but also comfortable.
I feel I probably should have gone for a beer for the sake of the beer/burger pairing, but I was really craving a good milkshake so went for a peanut butter and salted caramel shake, whilst Brandon went for vanilla and Oreo. When it came, I had an issue before I even got to try it. I hate paper straws. Paper, that will inevitably collapse or tear from water, used to drink a milkshake? Needless to say mine did tear in the middle so it would no longer work and I had to use Brandon’s near the end, who had long given up drinking his. Eventually this one would go on to collapse meaning, probably for the first time in my life, I did not finish my milkshake. 😐 Another thing to add here is that whilst mine was delicious, it definitely tasted more like just peanut butter, whilst Brandon’s definitely could have benefitted from more Oreo.
I ordered the Craft Beer Classic, which comes with roast garlic mayo, beer battered onion rings, smoked streaky bacon and lettuce, dressed with Stock Burger Co. Craft Beer sauce. Brandon built a cheeseburger with Baconnaise and we shared skinny skin-on fries and mac and cheese. Now, I should have known better with the mac and cheese, because I don’t like the traditional yellow type that many find so satisfying. I’m more of a ‘posh’ mac and cheese type, béchamel sauce and parmesan, that sort of thing. The melted cheese smothered on top looked promising, but unfortunately for us tasted a little cheap and synthetic so mostly remained untouched.
When the burger came I thought “Yes, this is going to be it!”. And for the first few minutes I thought it was. The streaky bacon is exactly how bacon should be in a burger, and there wasn’t too much sauce inside that it spilled out everywhere. But on that note, for mayonnaise claiming to be made with roast garlic I wasn’t really getting anything from it. The burger itself is really flavoursome and cooked medium, but after a while we agreed that maybe there was a bit too much of it. Slowly, the dream of Brighton’s best burger was edging away from us and we faced the realisation that the search was not yet over for us.
As a third place, it’s a pretty cool environment for spending time with friends for evening drinks right by the seafront, and in fairness the burgers do taste good. The guy who served us was genuinely friendly and things ran very smoothly, but we didn’t feel like we got the best value here. The bill for two burgers, two sides and two milkshakes was £37, which for two not-so-great sides and one underwhelming milkshake was a little steep.
I’d recommend Stock Burger Co. if you’re looking to grab a burger and shake in a relaxed environment with friends around lunch time, or maybe some evening cocktails and beers. The place was pretty quiet but it made you feel you didn’t need to rush, so it definitely has potential to be a third place.
I so wanted to like Stock Burger more than I did, but I am not sad because I know now what I need to do. And then we can continue our search.
You can check out the full menu and website for Stock Burger Co. here!
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