Very often when walking through the centre of Nottingham, my eye has been drawn to a large orange cow. That’s the window of Griddle & Shake in the Lace Market, and this week I finally got my bum in there to try their menu.
Griddle & Shake – as you might guess from the name – is all about burgers and milkshakes. They offer top quality food fast, but in a lovely relaxed sit-down venue. An all-inclusive menu means that your visit will be easy even with dietary requirements – gluten free, dairy free, vegans and veggies are all catered for!
All of the meat used at Griddle & Shake is Red Tractor approved, meaning that a good standard is delivered across the board. The potatoes used for their fries are also picked based on what’s best in the given season. They even have elements such as their moisture level measured to ensure that you receive that perfect fry when you visit. Plus all of their packaging is super eco-friendly – an added win for taking care of the planet!
Starting with the tasty bit – the food! It’s pretty simple – pop up to the counter to make your order with the friendly staff. I love that they were all decked out in milking aprons and flat caps!
Just pick your burger preference, you pick your bread and then you add any bits such as bacon or cheese. Then you add as many toppings as you like. Yep, unlimited toppings. Pick your drink and any sides, pay at the till and then pop back to your seat. Within a few minutes, your order is delivered to your table, wrapped up in branded wrapping – showing the Griddle & Shake cow going to town on a milkshake.
I opted for a beef burger and added bacon, stilton and avocado along with plenty of veggies. Ali opted for a chicken burger with cheddar, bacon and lettuce. I went for plain fries to try out the house spice (which FYI, seriously yummy!). Ali opted for some seriously tasty parmesan and bacon topped fries. Usually, cheese and bacon fries tend to be really oily, but the use of parmesan took away the heaviness – without losing the cheese taste!
We’ve both worked in burger joints in our time, and Ali used to work for a butcher, we’re sometimes a bit hard to impress. But Griddle & Shake seriously impressed us! It’s quite rare to get something that good, that quickly, without compromising something. We got to enjoy a premium meal in a lovely setting, without paying through the nose or waiting forever!
The theme of the orange cow continues throughout the venue, with orange upholstery and bright designs adorning the walls. Alongside this, there is a distinct vibe of bringing the outdoors in with a strong farm vibe. At the back of the restaurant, you’ll find the most popular tables housed in custom built cow sheds. There’s a lot of wood, plants and metal to help tie that whole vibe together – not to mention the cow print armchair and tractor table!
There’s plenty of room for parties of all sizes, and plenty of room to move around – especially good to know if you have little ones or a pushchair. One thing we also loved was the fact that as well as toilets, you’ll find a baby room, complete with changing station, a comfy seat and even a shower!
The mastermind behind Griddle & Shake, Ed Halls, could not have been more accommodating as he greeted us, talked us through the ordering process and recommended some of his favourite things on the menu. After our meal, he also spent time chatting to us about the ideas behind the venue, and exciting upcoming plans!
One of these exciting plans is coming in May. I’m only going to say two words: Dessert Counter
Given how good their shakes were on our visit, I definitely can’t wait to see what else they cook up! I must saw a huge thank you to the team at Griddle & Shake for having us along – we’ll see you again soon!
What is your favourite burger joint?