The Harley

May 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Pub Grub | 2 Comments
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Sheffield burger fans are spoilt for choice at the moment, with The Wick at Both Ends, Bungalows and Bears, and the Mud Crab all serving up top-notch burgers. Between them, this trio offers everything from gourmet burgers, to greasy-but-great, American style burgers, and even a “build your own” experience, where you can concoct some truly freakish (but still tasty) creations. But, if you like your burgers super-sized, calorie-packed, and stuffed with so-wrong-yet-so-right toppings, then the the Harley on Glossop Road is the place to go. Where else can you get a burger with mac and cheese as a filling?

When they’re not serving up big, fat burgers, the Harley specialises in loud bands, and late Friday and Saturday nights. It’s no surprise then, that the venue looks a bit rough around the edges in the daylight, but don’t let this put you off.

When we visited on a Saturday lunchtime, there was just enough people to create an atmosphere, without it being tricky to find a decent seat. In fact, we managed to snag one of the Harley’s big, antique-style sofas, and settled down to get better acquainted with the menu.

When it comes to food, the Harley specialise in two things: burgers and breakfast. We may have missed the breakfast sitting, but I still couldn’t resist taking a peek at the morning menu. In addition to the usual full English, the Harley serve up an epic-sounding McBuffting; a bacon or mushroom patty, combined with American cheese, a fried egg, and “techno” burger sauce. The McBuffting sounds like the kind of breakfast that’s guaranteed to annihilate even the most crippling of hangovers!

When it comes to burgers, you can “build your own,” thanks to the Harley’s vast selection of additional toppings, which cover everything from bacon, to deep-fried jalapenos, to chorizo and apple jam. If you’re not feeling particularly creative, you can pick one of the Harley’s own concoctions from the main menu. All of these burgers are crammed with so many added extras, they actually sound a bit scary on paper: case in point, the “Return of the Mac,” which boasts two bacon patties, homemade pesto, Harley house relish, and mac and cheese.

With so much to choose from, I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I built my own, rather boring burger: a Double Mushroom Burger (£5.50) with a Montery Jack cheese topping (an extra 85p). However, in my defence I did also order a portion of Jalapeno Business Fries (£4.75) to go with my mushroom-and-cheese burger.

I love mushroom burgers, but when I bit into the Harley’s big, tasty-looking burger, the mushroom patty wasn’t what I’d been expecting. It had an unusual, fine texture that reminded me more of ground-up beef, than your typical chunky veggie burger. The patty had a nice, smoky flavour and was very filling, but the crumbly texture of the patty wasn’t really to my taste.

Harley mushroom burger

Thankfully, things improved the second I caught sight of my order of Jalapeno Business Fries.

Harley Business Fries

The biggest compliment I can give these fries, is that they taste even better than they look (yep, such a thing is possible).

The Harley’s Jalapeno Business Fries are a truly super-sized portion of spicy fries, smothered in a delicious trio of guacamole, sour cream, and Harley House Relish. Just in case lashings of Cajun seasoning, crispy-skinned fries, and three kinds of sauce leave you thinking hmmm, but something’s still missing, the Harley throw some hot, gooey cheese into the mix, and top the whole thing off with a grilled jalapeno.

Guacamole is one of my least favourite sauces, but I actually enjoyed the Harley’s guacamole, as it was fresh and tasty, and didn’t have that slimy texture that guacamole sometimes has. However, the Harley’s relish was my favourite of the three sauces, as it had a creamy texture and a lingering spicy, smoky aftertaste. The Harley need to add this relish to their list of optional extra burger toppings, and pronto! It’s one of those sauces that, once tasted, you want to add to everything.

The Business Fries were finished off with a whole chilli, which had been grilled so the flesh was squishy and sweet. Not merely an eye-catching garnish, this chilli is mild and tasty enough to eat whole, which I gladly did (hey, you’ve gotta get your 5 a day, right?)

A portion of Business Fries is big enough to be a meal in itself, or it’d make a fantastic side order to share between two very hungry people. Either way, this is definitely something I’d order again.

At the other end of the table, my dining companion tucked into a Pig Daddy Kane, which is a burger of two beef patties, plus pulled pork, cheese, Kraken BBQ sauce, and chorizo and apple jam (£7.95).

Harley Pig Daddy Kane

They particularly enjoyed the pulled pork, which was flakey and moist, as well as the sticky, chorizo and apple jam, and the yummy Kraken BBQ sauce. The Harley’s menu includes a side order of Pig Pimpin’ Fries, which comes with pulled pork-smoked cheese sauce, as well as more of that Kraken BBQ sauce, so I think these fries may be on the cards, the next time we visit the Harley.

The Harley is a no-nonsense kind of venue, where the menu encourages you to take your average, run-of-the-mill burger, and then add some pulled pork, a couple of different kinds of cheese, four kinds of sauce, pulled pork, deep-fried jalapenos, and whatever else takes your fancy. Fine dining it ain’t, but sometimes you have a craving for a big, fat burger, with lots of added extras.

The Harley is one of the more unusual burger menus you’ll find in Sheffield and, luckily for me, they offer another veggie option: the Falafel burger. I’m looking forward to visiting again and trying some more of their menu – with a portion of Business Fries on the side, of course!

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  1. […] to trying somewhere new – and that’s before I even realised this venue is part of the Harley and Wick at Both Ends family. The Harley and the Wick are two of my favourite places to eat in […]

  2. […] of a gourmet burger, as oppose to the weird-combination-of-toppings burger that places like the Harley and Bungalows and Bears specialise in. The brioche bun was tasty, the meat was nicely cooked, and […]


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