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When I found out there was going to be a “burger” restaurant opening in Aberystwyth, I got excited for a moment, so waiting for 2 months for the place to open has been very frustrating… but last Tuesday night, I got my first chance to find out what all the fuss was about.
They have called the Cambria building their home, near the Pier in Aberystwyth. I had heard lots of good things over the web about them over the weekend – because they opened officially three days ago.
The first things you’ll notice, especially people with an interest in the Welsh language, is just how “prominent” the language is on everything they do, which is really encouraging. The staff speak it, the owners speak it, and more importantly, they have hired staff as learners of the Welsh language, helping to grow the number of Welsh speakers in the Ceredigion area, which is really important.
The place? It’s open, stylish and modern, with lots of wooden features everywhere which gives a comfortable feeling to the place. Somehow, it feels like the type of place where you would be happy to go for a “posh meal” at the same time as calling in for a “quick lunch break” during your work.
There were 10 of us eating tonight, so they definitely had their work cut out for them in the kitchen to tell the truth. Every single one of us chose something different to the next person, so we were feeling a little bit guilty for stretching their skills out so early!
As vegetarians, me and my wife always get a bit disappointed when we look at a menu and find find one “token veggie burger”. So we were really happy to find more than one, more than two, loads of options for vegetarians like us. So thanks for that!
I had the “Corn Gwlad” – vegetarian burger, a burger with a bit of a “kick”, filled with fresh salad and a lovely bun. The taste was excellent, full of flavour! My wife had the “Aber” burger, which is also suitable for vegans. That was tasty also, because we were sharing the two! We also had “Loaded Fries with cheese” They were great.
To drink, I had a couple of bottles of “Preseli Pils” while my wife drank house red wine. That’s the thing with Byrgyr, the guys who run the place come from the local area – so they use local resources, local meat, local drinks and things like that.
We were served through the medium of Welsh, even though the staff helping us were learners, so fair play to them all!
The ten of us enjoyed the evening, and we were all very happy with what Byrgyr had to offer. Even though we do not eat meat, our friends said that their burgers were very tasty and they all enjoyed them a lot.
If you want to go somewhere comfortable but luxurious at the same time, it’s impossible to beat Byrgyr in the Ceredigion. Food – amazing, Welcome – warm, View out of the window – the sea!
Visit soon, before everyone finds out!