Annie's burgers are something of an institution here in Nottingham. They were originally sold at the Old Angel rock pub in the Lace Market, after which Annie moved her burger shack to the Navigation Inn. They were so popular that there was always a huge wait for them, but that didn't deter people - these aint no ordinary burgers! Five years on on from serving in pub kitchens Annie has finally opened her own Burger Shack, in a beautiful new premises in the centre of the Lace Market, so we couldn't wait to go down try it out. In case you're wondering what the fuss is about, check out the extensive list of burgers on offer including the BB King, the Death Ray and the Elvis burger - and the main draw for me is that every single one can be made veggie or vegan. Hurrah!
You'll have to excuse the shaky camera - i got a bit too excited after the long wait!
The new eaterie opened two weeks ago and was fully booked on its first night, and this doesn't seem to have slowed down. We tried to book for Friday but couldn't get through, so in the end went along in a group on a Monday evening, and even then the place was full to the brim!
Under time-pressure, I opted for a German Burger, which was good but perhaps not the best choice as it lacked my favourite ingredient - cheese! I still wolfed it down and enjoyed the home-made cajun fries that came with it. Yum.
10pm, after the crowds had died down
The good news: the burgers are still as tasty as ever and there seem to be even more to choose from on the menu now. You can also buy ales/craft beer at the bar to drink while you wait. Annie has done a brilliant job on the new restaurant design (the restaurant is housed in a former lace factory which later became a nightclub) - it looks great!
The bad news: there's still a long wait on food (we waited slightly over an hour). But don't let that deter you. I'd recommend visiting before 6pm, ahead of the crowds. Half the restaurant is also reserved for walk-ups so there's no need to book.