The Lamplighter, found just outside the town centre, is one of Northampton’s finest pubs and well known for being one of the best real ale pubs in the county. The pub regularly hosts a range of beer festivals, brilliant live music as well as featuring a range of high quality ales from micro-brewers across the UK. In recognition of the Lamplighter’s vibrant atmosphere and excellent service, the pub was recently named Northants CAMRA Pub of the Year on top of a host of other awards. The pub is also renowned for offering one of the finest traditional Sunday roasts, but such talk shall be saved for another time. For now, there is pressing burger business at hand.

The range at the Lamplighter is not extensive, with the pub offering 6 burgers in total. After looking at the menu, we were at a loss; each burger looked ideal. After speaking to the friendly staff, we were pointed in the direction of the BBQ Beef Burger. Being warned that the burger was not for the fainthearted, we were eager to put the Lamplighter to the test.

So overall, how did the Lamplighter’s BBQ Beef Burger perform? Well, we must say, it had it all. Perfect beef. Rich, flavoursome cheese. Crispy bacon. Burger perfection. It was a joyous and unforgettable burger experience. To devour it all is no small feat, but the perseverance pays off. The beef, cheese and BBQ sauce combination works wonderfully well together and is unbelievably delicious. Whilst the onion ring may have been better served on the side than within the burger, this tiny snafu can easily be overlooked with such a brilliant creation. The Lamplighter receives a well deserved 5 stars.