After I ran the Southampton Half-Marathon on Sunday, I was itching for a burger to replenish some of that lost energy.
Luckily, a burger was on the menu at the place where Tiff had booked us a post-run table – Bill’s restaurant in the new Westquay Watermark development.
I hadn’t been to a Bill’s in years. How did it rate in my search for Hampshire’s best burger?
Let’s find out.
About this burger
- Date visited: 23 April 2017
- Name on menu: “Bill’s Hamburger” with optional cheddar cheese and streaky bacon
- Price: £13.85 (£10.95 for the burger plus £1.55 for the bacon and £1.35 for the cheese)
How this burger scored
Patty – 7/10
The waitress offered me a choice of medium or well-done, which was handy. I opted for medium.
The patty was nicely cooked with the right amount of redness. Tasty too.
Overall, pretty good but could have done with a little more seasoning.
Chips – 8/10
Lovely chips – tasty and crispy with nice seasoning.
Quite a stingy serving, mind.
Bun – 6/10
Brioche style. Fluffy texture.
The top layer disintegrated quickly, unfortunately.
Toppings – 10/10
Tangy cheddar, gorgeous crispy bacon, juicy tomato, a generous serving of gherkin and lettuce.
There was also a light spread of a slightly spicy special sauce.
Ambiance – 7/10
Being a chain restaurant, the decor in Bill’s is a little fabricated. But it’s still airy and comfortable with an excellent view out to Southampton’s old walls through the large windows at the front.
There’s also a bit of piped music, but this adds to the relaxed atmosphere.
Overall, a nice, relaxed place to grab a bite to eat. The outside seating area looks especially tempting for the summer months.
Drinks selection and quality – 6/10
An average selection of bottled craft-style beers with only one draught beer (Fuller’s “Frontier” lager) available.
There’s a good wine list though and quite a few other options like cocktails, milkshakes and juices.
Condiments – 5/5
Heinz ketchup and English mustard available and consumed.
Presentation – 4/5
Decent presentation if you look past the pail of chips (see below).
Service – 4/5
Friendly and efficient but our waitress needed a reminder about one of our drinks.
Value for money – 2/5
Penalties – minus 1
The chips arrived in a metal pail, so that’s one penalty point for this burger according to the rules.
A decent score, putting it around halfway down my best burger in Hampshire rankings.
If you fancy a good burger in a comfortable restaurant with views over Southampton’s medieval town walls, this is the place.
Info: Bill’s Southampton is at Level 3, Westquay Watermark, Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1RA. Call 023 8082 9240 or book online.