Undoubtedly two of the biggest culinary success stories in 2015 had to be craft beer and burgers.
Between them they appear to have performed an inescapable pincer move on pubs and restaurants, not just in Brighton, across the country.
Hoping to be the point at which the two sides of the pincer meet is Stock Burger Company; a new burger and craft beer emporium situated on the Brighton seafront at the Holiday Inn.
In bringing these two massive trends of recent years together, Stock Burger is not exactly reinventing the wheel; they are however appearing to give the people what they want.
The concept is simple; “gourmet” burgers and specialist craft beers in a stylish and lively setting.
The focus is on quality, with the meat coming from the multi-award winning Hannan meats in Northern Ireland; who supply some of the top eateries in the UK.
Using only 100 per cent Glenarm Shorthorn beef in their burgers and ribs; and rump steak that has been kept in Himalayan salt chambers, they really are pushing the boat out when it comes to the beef.
In being a part of the redevelopment of the Holiday Inn, Stock Burger is a part of a larger corporate organisation.
This may not sit well with many who live in Brighton and Hove, and it was a cause of concern myself, however they have addressed this issue by linking up with local producers. The craft beer comes courtesy of Naked Beer Co from Lancing who have created a special Stock IPA exclusively for the restaurant. The coffee is supplied by Small Batch Coffee of Brighton, and the cream used in the desserts comes from Plumpton.
I was invited to the press launch to get a feel for the place. On the drinks front they have an excellent selection of cocktails that you can sample at the central bar.
A particular highlight was the Stock Martini – made with Blackdown gin – which was super smooth and elegant.
The Naked Beer IPA also hit the spot; heady with tropical fruits and a clean finish that is the trademark of craft style beers.
In terms of the food I was impressed with the buffalo wings which were crisp and zingy with a decent amount of flesh to get stuck into. My burger, the Craft Beer Classic, came with a good amount of extras and the obligatory demi-brioche bun.
I personally prefer my burger more on the rare side, but the meat had a good taste to it and I was not left feeling hungry. I was told by a friend that the beef short ribs were excellent and well worth a try.
For those with a sweet tooth Stock offer up a tempting array of milk shakes with boozy “Speakeasy” options for the adults. We sampled the Oreo and bourbon which had a nice kick to it and the chocolate, popping candy and hot cinnamon liqueur was delightful. The playful “Mason jar dessert treats” had me licking my spoon clean like the overgrown child that I am.
Stock Burger Co are coming into the burger and craft beer market a little late; but from what I can tell it is not a trend that is quite on its way out. The venue, despite being a part of the hotel, has its own entrance and does not feel like it is part of a major hotel chain. The large restaurant has a spacious and modern feel to it, with a stylish central bar and plenty of seating for larger parties.
Stock Burger is not exclusively for dining and if you just want to pop in to sample a cocktail or two then you can; with the development of the outside area this may be very popular come the summer months.
Not everyone will be excited about this addition to the Brighton dining scene but it certainly will appeal to a large demographic; and they have made every effort to be a permanent fixture for some time to come.
Stock Burger Company
137 Kings Road
01273 828 260
This review first appeared in the February 19th Edition of the Brighton and Hove Independent