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Foodie success at Blacks Burgers

We talk to Josh Rosoman from Blacks Burgers, recent winner of Time & Leisure’s Best Eating Experience, Epsom, about his latest foodie ventures

How do you feel about winning Best Eating Experience at the Time & Leisure Food and Culture Awards?
We’re absolutely over the moon to have won this award. I wasn’t expecting it - but I knew that all the staff had pushed really hard. Which is why I brought them all here today. You’ve got Lacey who is the manager alongside me, Jack, who is one of our head chefs, and Janita, who works hard as one of the supervisors - it was her work on social media that really pushed the Epsom category. And to win this has been really humbling because to be associated with Time & Leisure magazine is great.

Tell us a bit about your journey
Blacks Burgers is only six-years-old and started off life in Purley, before opening the branch in Epsom. It’s a family-run business and it was quite daunting at first when we got this spot as we’re cutting it with the big boys. You’ve got Nandos right next door, the other chains like Bills nearby. We’ve just worked really hard with a lot of passion and devotion to building our brand.

What makes your restaurant so popular?
Our burgers are popular because we’ve gone through so many butchers and recipes. Our meat is from the Highlands of Scotland and is Angus beef. We only give our meat a three-day shelf life – from slaughter to taking delivery is only five days and every single morning we make our burgers for that day.

And what’s the secret recipe of the burgers?
Every one of our burgers is handmade, while our buns are fresh from local bakers and our salads are from local producers. We’re also catering for the vegan market. We looked at how much we care about the beef, and now we’re doing the same with our vegan food. Our veggie burger is a mixture of sweet potato and chickpea and they’re handmade too without any eggs or dairy.

What’s in the pipeline?
Our biggest adventure currently is the burger bus, so we’re now catering for a lot of weddings, events and festivals. We’ve had that now for two years. Our aim is to go to Glastonbury. Things are looking good and this award is just a sign of all that is going well.