I’m not usually a huge burger fan, but when I asked for celiac-recommended restaurants in London, I constantly heard “Honest Burgers! Honest Burgers! OMG.” I probably received at least 15 messages related to Honest Burgers. So, we decided to give it a try at the Covent Garden location!
What makes Honest Burgers so special? Well, everything in the restaurant is gluten free except for their normal bun. Have no fear, they have a wonderful gluten free bun available! What about sides? Here’s where I normally have to miss out at burger places because I will not ever eat something from a shared fryer (I made this mistake in my early celiac years…). However, at Honest Burger, all sides are gluten free making the fryer dedicated gluten free!!! And the best part…THEY HAVE GLUTEN FREE ONION RINGS!!! WHAT! I was in disbelief when the staff informed me that I could have everything except for the regular bun. The staff was trained in cross contamination protocols and assured me that no utensils or surfaces would be shared between the regular bun and everything else. I still was skeptical of this magical place so I messaged Gluten Free Mrs. D (@GlutenFreeMrsD) and David (@DavidJ_GF) who confirmed that everything (sans regular bun) is gluten free. So naturally I over ordered because I just couldn’t pick. The wait staff was super accommodating and friendly and when I originally told them that I have celiac that went “OH MY! WHAT WILL WE DO!” then smiled and said “Then this is the perfect place for you! We love those with coeliac!”
I naturally ordered the fried onion rings. Gluten free batter in a gluten free fryer? Say no more. I also ordered their Christmas burger special which (now don’t judge me) was a beef patty with fried cheese (yes fried cheese), cranberry sauce, and rocket (which is like arugula in the states. Thanks, Gluten Free Mrs. D for explaining that!). THE BURGER WAS THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER HAD!!! Seriously, it was incredible, even for this not-really-a-burger-person. The meat was delicious and the fried cheese & cranberry sauce was a PERFECT combination. And the gluten free bun….WONDERFUL! I questioned whether or not it was gluten free because it was the perfect texture and not dry and crumbling like most buns served at restaurants in the US. I wish I had asked what brand they used because I would 100% buy it. This meal also came with a side of gluten free fries, which were very generous and delicious!
My husband ordered the Beyond Burger, the vegetarian option! He really enjoyed it. He ordered it gluten free so I could snack on his fries (which I was too full to do!).
Needless to say, I LOVED Honest Burgers and my only regret is not having enough time to go back a second time and try more burgers. I loved how celiac / coeliac aware the staff was and having a dedicated fryer and only ONE item that contains gluten made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. I felt welcomed here, not a burden. So, yes, I would return on my next trip to London. No question. Thank you to everyone who recommended them!!
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here. Also, kitchen protocols and menus can change at any time. Make sure to speak to the staff at any restaurant before eating to make sure that they can accommodate your dietary restriction.**