Craving a scrumptious summer BBQ? These restaurants across the network have dusted off their grills and they’re serving up some great barbecue nosh, including burgers, ribs, seafood and more.
This riverside pub is one of London’s most popular during the summer months. It’s not the easiest to reach unless you live locally but as soon as the sun comes out, the beer garden, which overlooks Wandsworth Bridge, gets super busy. There’s always something going on at The Ship, whether it’s a night of live music or a big match day, and their delicious menu attracts the crowds too.
It serves brunch, lunch, dinner and roasts, but it’s the BBQ food that’s grabbed our attention. The Ship’s Burger Shack Menu is great and there’s seemingly a different burger for every taste bud, including a veggie option. We recommend ‘The Streaky’: A British beef burger topped with melted cheese, sweet Young’s ale onions, pickles and rashers of maple-soaked streaky bacon. Delish.
The Joint is a hip barbecue restaurant in the equally hip Brixton village market. A mouth-watering, meat-heavy menu and a relaxing environment await you at this reasonably-priced gaff. It’s also worthy of an Instagram pap.
The BJ burger is the one: a double beef patty, pork belly, cheese, secret sauce and pickles in a potato bun. The baby back ribs are tender and juicy; the hot wings will set your mouth on fire (in a good way). Order a load of sides including the deep-fried mac and cheese. If you’re on a diet, don’t dine here.
The World’s End pub in Brighton makes for a fun night out with friends. With a retro arcade room and a virtual reality area downstairs this boozer aims to fulfil all your childhood dreams. Better yet, the menu is killer, with the burgers and bites named after old school gaming characters.
Try The Mario – 6oz beef chuck patty, Monterey Jack cheese, house pickles, caramelised onions, beef tomato, gem lettuce and burger sauce; or the King Koopa – Pulled beef brisket, BBQ sauce, naked slaw, gem lettuce and mustard. There are many more burgers to choose from including plenty of vegetarian options. The side dishes also pack a punch – give the bacon cauli cheese bites with sweet chilli sauce a whirl.
The Hidden Hut is Cornwall’s best-kept secret… (perhaps not for much longer). This small café is tucked away on the National Trust coastal path near Portscatho and hosts incredible open-air feast nights, with of rustic food cooked outdoors on either wood fire or charcoal grills.
Previous BBQ feasts have included lobster and chips, slow-roasted spring lamb, wood-fired seafood paella, mackerel grill’, sticky ribs and pulled pork. Check the website for the next feast night – they run right through to late September.
A street food smokehouse, Caboose serves food daily from the hatch – think burgers, brisket, beef ribs and more. This BBQ pit stop can be found in Ely’s Yard near Spitalfields. Expect queues, but remember, the food is worth the wait.
The burgers are all served with homemade sauces in freshly-baked brioche buns. Our favourite is The 3.10 to Yuma – sliced, slow-cooked Brisket, smoked over hickory wood chips with BBQ sauce, gem lettuce, house pickles, mustard, and barbecue and blue cheese sauces. Sounds extreme doesn’t it? It is. But just imagine taking a big bite of that burgery goodness…