There is no better way to see a city than by bus. OK, maybe hot air balloon, but otherwise for me it's the top deck of a bus. We here at SFR have been on many interesting bus trips before, there was one memorable three hour journey to get from one end of Malta to the other, a time I got sun stroke on an open top trip around Barcelona and of course our first ever review was of an open top bus around Glasgow. Now our evening experience aboard the Red Bus Bistro is right up there as one of our all time greatest omnibus odysseys.
But you wonder where on earth does Hard Rock Cafe come into this…? Well in a stroke of genius the two have come up with a tantalising team-up, offering Hard Rock burgers whilst undertaking a tour of the capital, brilliant.
We were treated to a sneaky peek at the Hard Rock’s World burger tour and had a sample of four of their limited edition burgers. The Tennessee BBQ Burger is actually made with Brisket and prime rib in with the beef to give the burger a deeper richer flavour. Topped off with pulled pork, zingy barbecue sauce and a creamy crisp combo of slaw and cheddar. They also showed off the Tango Salsa burger, with spicy sausage, salsa (obvs) and a fried egg which was a great if somewhat interesting combo.
The Banh Mi burger is a Vietnamese inspired sensation, with a spicy glaze and topped with pickled veg and green onions, which was certainly an interesting way to top off a burger! The ole burger has a Spanish theme and the combination of roasted vegetables and Goat's cheese topping off the beef patty is a cracking mix of flavours and textures. All of these burgers are available for a limited time at Hard Rock right now.
Whilst Hard Rock can celebrate over forty five years since the first Cafe opened back in 1971, the Routemaster that is now the Red Bus Bistro however had already been plying the streets of London for five years by then! This 1966 gem has been thoroughly refurbished inside and now neat tables sit between the benches allowing you to enjoy a range of refreshments whilst having a 70-90 minute tour of the capital.
There is an afternoon tea tour, and a gin tour, but on a Friday evening starting from the 16th June there is the Hard Rock tour! Starting from £39.99 you can get a Hard Rock burger with fries and a soft drink as well as a chocolate brownie to sustain you during the tour, or you can upgrade to Prosecco for a few quid more. The bus will pick you up at 6pm outside the Hard Rock in George Street before touring the town.
We really enjoyed our tour of Edinburgh on the Red Bus Bistro and if you want to enjoy a slightly different way to see the city then we couldn't recommend enough. Head over to their website redbusbistro.co.uk to read more details and book.
We were invited along for a sneaky preview of the Red Bus Bistro and Hard Rock's World Burger Tour, but what you've read is very much our own opinion.