It really was only a matter of time before Fat Hippo started taking on the rest of the North East (hopefully before conquering the world!) and last week their highly anticipated third restaurant opened in the historic city of Durham.
Fat Hippo have got themselves a beautiful new home in the centre of Durham. A Grade II listed building, comfortably nestled on the cobbles of Saddler Street it has a prime location. Exposed lights and brick, tiled floors and funky wooden seats welcome you in and the two floors means plenty of tables for hungry burger fans. Hippo's new home ticks a lot of boxes!
Now, you may be thinking from the size of the burgers in these pictures, mmm the burgers at Fat Hippo Durham are a little small. Well, don't you worry, we were just trying out miniature versions, believe me the proper burgers are the real deal. In fact the Hippo burgers are so huge I usually struggle to finish mine.
As a long time stalker of Fat Hippo on Twitter I often see people raving about the PB&J (double 4oz patty completely smothered in a generous dollop of chunky peanut butter) and the Stinky Pete (double 4 oz topped with blue cheese) and I'm sure the residents of Durham are going to become huge fans in no time.
Of course, with an exciting new launch like this comes a few sneaky new additions to the menu and there are four new burgers that have been created especially for Durham. I managed to get my hands on the brand new Filthy Animal (double 4oz patty topped with cheese, pork rib meat, streaky bacon and Filthy sauce).
Wow! This new Hippo Burger is an absolute beast, so delicious! You really must order it when you visit.
It's not just about the burgers and if, like me, you have a sweet tooth Fat Hippo Durham have teamed up with one of my favourite makers of sweet treats, The Pudding Parlour. I will admit that so far, I've never been able to make it to dessert at Fat Hippo but whenever I visit the Durham restaurant I'll definitely be making an effort to get there. You'll find Cookie Dough Pie, Waffles and Toblerone Cheesecake amongst the goodies on Durham's dessert menu.
There's also some rather fantastic news if you're from Leeds as Fat Hippo are also arriving in Trinity Kitchen. From 16 May, for 6 weeks you'll be able to get the very best burgers in the North East in Yorkshire!
So there's plenty to celebrate for fans of the Hippo!
For a long while now we've all known that the best burgers in Newcastle are to be found at Fat Hippo and I think it's safe to say that the best burgers in Durham have arrived.
What's your favourite burger at the Hippo? I need to know what to try next!