Burgers are back! Although you may have thought they have never been away with fast food outlets seemingly on every street.
Gourmet burgers I’m talking about, and they are big business. New dedicated burger chains are popping up all over the place with Byron, Absolute, Gourmet Burger Kitchen as well as cult US burger franchises Five Guys and Shake Shack opening in London (and hopefully elsewhere). Catching onto the vibe in its own small way is Little Cow located on Friargate in Preston.
Little Cow is the baby offspring of Cow Bar & Grill, once a great little eatery in Cannon Street sadly closed for daytime customers. Happily continuing the bovine theme the place reopened as Mooch serving up regular night time entertainment.
Little Cow cooks on the grill and offers burgers and hot dogs as well as pulled pork, breakfast for the early birds and a selection of prime steak sandwiches.
In recession-hit Britain the humble burger is an attractive affordable meal, but ‘proper’ burgers can be hard to do. I love proper burgers so when Little Cow opened I felt the need to do a little road-test.
They offer the Mediterranean Cow with Serrano ham and sun dried tomatoes, or the Parisian Cow with warmed goats cheese and sweet caramelised onions. The Hot Cow, homemade chilli and jalapeños and Rodeo Cow with bacon, Cows speciality BBQ sauce and Monterey Jack Cheese round off the burger menu (classic burger £2.50 and all others £3.50. Half pound burgers add £1). On my initial visit I restricted myself to the Little Cow basic burger just to get the taste.
Nice fluffy bun, with a thick slice of beef tomato and crisp salad leaf. The well cooked burger was juicy, moist and firm with good taste and good size. No onion though which should form a part of the natural LTO burger trinity (lettuce, tomato,onion). The burger bun could have been improved with a little toasting and maybe some additional toppings, something llike a burger mayo, included, although a selection of sauces are available at the counter. But still good.
Tried the Chilli Fries as a side (£2). Not chips in chilli sauce as you would get in the many nearby greasy food outlets. This was fries smothered in Little Cow’s own homemade chilli. Delectable.
Later I had a go at the Celtic Burger. A tower of meaty goodness with Little Cow’s homemade recipe burger, soft black pudding and a slice of lorne sausage. The focus on quality ingredients evident with every bite! While the very idea of the Celtic burger may frighten some, take my word, it was big and it was delicious.
The Little Cow interior is nothing to write home about. It’s compact but offers sit in as well as take away service. Staff have always been friendly when I visit.
It is good to see a different type of food outlet on Friargate filled with chicken joints and pizza outlets. The food is fresh and very well cooked. Be prepared to wait though as your quality burger is prepared.
Little Cow, 118b Friargate, Preston, PR1 2EE
Early morning till 3pm and hopefully late night opening Friday and Saturday nights.
Value for money 5/5
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