Review: GBK, Brighton Marina | Jess & Josh Cook

Sometimes an email pops into your inbox and it makes you remember why you spend hours scheduling tweets and ages trying to get a half decent photo of your latest recipe in your dark basement flat. Despite what some people may say, blogging isn’t easy (especially with a full time job!) and you don’t just get given things for free all the time. It really upsets me when people think bloggers write just for the perks of free stuff and struggle to understand that you can blog for the love of writing and nothing else. But that’s a rant for another day, I just needed to vent a little!

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago we were invited to the soft launch for GBK’s newest venue down in Brighton Marina and being the burger fanatics we are, we were over the moon. It might not seem like a big deal to some bloggers, but we are so happy with any opportunity we get from this blog!

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I’m in love with the interior design of their new venue, it’s just so cool without being too try hard, if that makes any sense? I love low hanging lights and the lamps over the larger tables is so unique, I’ve never seen it before (but maybe I just don’t get out that much).

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We were sat right next to the window looking over the harbour and although it was a miserable day it was still nice to watch everyone go by. The staff were incredibly friendly and made us feel comfortable and at ease straight away.

To drink we both ordered milkshakes, which was probably a bad idea because we were so full afterwards and Josh couldn’t finish his. Poor form. Josh went for the peanut butter flavour and I had oreo with added Nutella, cause I’m a greedy pig! They’re made with real ice cream and you can definitely tell as they were really thick, just what you want from a milkshake.

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For the main event Josh went for The Don cooked medium rare, and as you can see it was cooked perfectly! It came with american cheese, gorgonzola, baconaise, rocket, onion jam, house mayo and pickled onions – basically everything you could want from a burger!

For his side he went for sweet potato fries with baconaise, because nowhere does sweet potato fries like GBK! If you’ve never been to GBK you might not know what baconaise is, but it’s pretty self explanatory. Bacon + mayonaise = heaven.

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I don’t particularly like beef or chicken burgers, especially beef as I find when you eat out they always make the beef patty really thick and that’s just too much meat for me. At GBK you can swap any of the patties out for a bean patty, which is what I did! I had The Stack with grilled chorizo, red Leicester cheese, smoked chilli mayo, rocket, pickled onions, house relish and a cheeky onion ring! It’s fair to say we truly gorged ourselves.

I really cannot fault the burger, the patty was seasoned really well and a waitress even came out to check that I did still want chorizo on my burger as I’d ordered a veggie patty so it was nice to know they were being so attentive.

I wanted to get truffle fries for a side but they had just run out so I went for the slaw. I wouldn’t order it again to be honest, I thought it would come in mayo but it was just raw veg in vinaigrette – not my bag. I did like that there were pomegranates in it though!

Our experience at GBK was flawless. The staff really made our evening. We were served by quite a few people but each server interacted with us, tried to make us laugh or just started up a little chat, even though we weren’t their table. Kudos to them!

Definitely pop down if you get the chance, I’m certain you won’t be disappointed.

*as always all opinions are honest and our own, even though the meal was free of charge*

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  • Aw you guys, just found your blog & its so precious you’re doing this together!! Love this ^_^

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

    • Jess & Josh Cook

      Awww thanks so much!! X

  • I am a fan of GBK…I am always wary of burgers cooked anything other than well done so every time I eat there I get the little “well done” flag which due to the size of the burgers, makes me feel like they’re praising my efforts to eat the whole thing! 😀

    • Jess & Josh Cook

      Hahaha I love that!

  • I love GBK! There isn’t one near here, so it’s always a treat to go to one when I’m down in London or Birmingham. I like that they do gluten-free options, free refills on their fizz drinks and will change practically anything you ask with your order. If you download their app you get discounts etc.