If you fancy something a little different to eat, the Gunwharf Quays leisure complex – with its glut of chain restaurants – isn’t the best place to go.
Head under the bridge towards the train station and Gosport Ferry though and you’ll find Feed – a cafe-cum-burger joint nestled cosily in one of the railway arches.
Feed used to only concentrate on breakfasts and typical cafe fare. A couple of years ago it introduced later opening times and a burger and hot dog menu.
I’m yet to check out any of Pompey’s many burger offerings on my search for Hampshire’s best burger. On Wednesday, to celebrate starting a new job, I managed to persuade a group of us to pop along for a feast at Feed.
About this burger
- Date visited: 16 November 2016
- Name on menu: “Cheeseburger” (plus a side of optional “Salted Fries”)
- Price: £8.50 (£6.50 for the burger and £2 for the fries)
How this burger scored
Patty – 9/10
Medium rare, fluffy texture and nicely seasoned with some delicious chunks of cracked black pepper.
Chips – 3/10
I wasn’t keen on these salted skinny fries. A bit dry and they went cold quickly.
Bun – 8/10
Delicious brioche bun. Broke up towards the end.
Toppings – 10/10
Salty cheddar cheese, a pleasant amount of red onion, a sliced gherkin, lettuce, french-style mustard and a bit of ketchup.
The cheddar cheese was welcome – many of these types of burger restaurants use american-style cheese.
Ambiance – 8/10
A lovely place to hang out on a dank autumn evening.
There’s an open plan kitchen so you can hear your burger sizzling as you wait for your food. Every few minutes, a train rumbles overhead.
Seating is on small tables for couples and long trestle-style tables for groups.
The bare brickwood reminds you you’re in a railway arch.
Drinks selection and quality – 6/10
Loads of milkshakes available, all available with an optional shot of spirit such as bourbon or rum if you so wish.
There’s beer too. Unfortunately, the guest draught beer – Adnam’s “Ghost Ship” – had run out tonight. Other beers available included bottles of Brewdog’s “Punk IPA” and Martson’s “Help for Heroes” blonde ale as well as Red Stripe lager.
I usually avoid buying bottled beer when I’m out. But I went for a bottle of the “Help for Heroes” (4.2%) ale. It was better than nothing but not really that memorable.
Condiments – 4/5
Vinegar, Heinz ketchup, Beaver’s Sweet Hot Mustard (which we decided smelt like Heinz sandwich spread) – everything you’d need, except maybe some English mustard.
Presentation – 5/5
The food arrived on a tray lined with paper. The burger was wrapped and the fries came in a foil container.
It was perfect for the style of the place.
Service – 5/5
Attentive and friendly staff. The waitress went out of her way to move the tables around so all of our group could sit together.
Value for money – 5/5
Great food at a great price.
Penalties – minus 1
Foil is technically metal. So that’s a one-point penalty for the foil tray the fries came in, according to the rules.
A fantastic burger in a fantastic little venue. It’s definitely worth a trip if you’re looking for something to eat between shopping at Gunwharf.
With better fries and a better selection of beer, Feed could have been challenging for top spot in my search for the county’s best burger.
Info: Feed is at 7 The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3EA – from Gunwharf Quays, head under the railway arch and it’s on your right-hand side under the arches. Phone 023 9282 0486.