We were invited to dine with the compliments of The Old Inn, but the content and opinions within this review remain very much our own.
After the massive disappointment of Five Guys Burgers I am so pleased to be back reviewing a decent burger from a fine Scottish company. In this case the fantastic offerings of Meathammer Ltd, which are now available to the lucky, lucky folk in Dunfermline.
The Old Inn is a quintessential old tavern right in the heart of the old city, but venture through the back and it all gets a bit different. The back room is trendy and bright and a great space for catching up with pals, or getting ready for a big night out.
We were greeted by Willie behind the bar, who was very friendly and efficient and provided a warm welcome. Which is reassuring as you could easily be confused that you're in the wrong place, especially if you've managed to miss the huge Meathammer chalkboard outside! The Old Inn, as a pub, has the advantage over many burger places of being able to offer you a beer with your dinner. A selection of Brewdog’s finest ales, along with cider and draught beer allow you to complement your burger with a tastier beverage than the usual Sprite. But they also do milkshakes, like proper ones with milk and ice cream and real ingredients all blended up. I went with the Oreo cookie one and I wasn't disappointed. A huge glass mug topped with cream and a whole cookie, just in case you forgot what you'd asked for! It tasted amazing and lasted me all through dinner. If I'd been in the mood (and not driving!) I could have had a baileys added to give it some oomph!
Willie was again on hand to give us a steer through the extensive menu, which was handy and he recommended the Dictator Burger after I had completely given up hope of deciding myself! My dining partner went straight for the Pignut and couldn't be tempted to anything else! This is quality food, not fast food, but even still we didn't have too long to wait for our burgers, even though they were prepared freshly for us
Both burgers were immense in both the proportion and tastiness. They were also served with amazing triple cooked chips included in the price, you certainly feel you're getting value for money.
Both burgers came with the same patty, which is clearly handmade by the lovely Meathammer folk with great care and attention and the same brioche bun which was light and bouncy and added that little bit of sweetness to the mix. From there the burgers went in completely different directions.
The Dictator is a mighty monolith of meat and lemonade battered onion rings, it stands a good six inches tall. I took the onion rings out the burger as they taste so good on their own. Even then I'm still left with bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato and the epic mustard pickled cucumber inside my bun, which is plenty to be getting on with! Every single element of this burger was excellent and combined together the result was mind-blowing.
The Pignut was a similar collection of ingredients crafted inside a brioche bun. A combination of sweet and meat, the Bacon and Bourbon jam and smoked cheddar were perfect companions to top quality peppery haggis and chorizo, then there was some salad stuffed in for good measure.
Both burgers were very filling, but not to the point that they were wasteful. There were so many flavours going on that each mouthful was different so you didn't feel like you were just monotonously ploughing through it. We managed to clear our plates leaving just a few chips and a smear of ketchup to show where dinner had once been. The service throughout was excellent, with checks we were happy and offering extra drinks, although my milkshake was more than sufficient to last the whole meal.
If you are expecting all this burger brilliance to break the bank then think again, both burgers were among the most expensive on offer and it was a very reasonable £9.95 for the Dictator and £8.95 for the Pignut. The fresh milkshake was only £3.50 and it is standard pub prices for the drinks, so expect to less than thirteen pounds of a burger and beer.
So people of Fife rejoice, no longer do you have to subject yourself to boring burgers, Meathammer has arrived at The Old Inn.