I’ve told you all about Fred Smith’s burgers before.
I wrote this post about his mind blowing Double Stack creation.Sadly it was only on the menu for a few weeks. A few glorious weeks.
So. When I heard he was developing a new artery clogger, I was sceptical. There was no way he could possibly live up to his Double Stack glory. He’d peaked and there was no going back now.Obviously it wasn’t going to be as good, but heck, I still wanted to try it.I grabbed a friend and headed into Chelsea.The Ad Cod is nestled away in the back streets. I have no idea how I ever found it, but I’m glad I did.
The front is a cosy old pub. Men in loafers & jumpers prop up the old wooden bar & couples sit reading The Telegraph in the corner.Step past the bar and you’ll find the dining room.A long hall of a room with a huge sky light.Smart plates & glistening cutlery remind you you’re in Chelsea now, kid.
Having said that, there is absolutely nothing Chelsea about Fred’s new burger.
It is a huge, sexy, mouth watering hunk-a-meat.Called the ‘Chuck Wagon’, it’s stuffed with homemade, bacon infused cheese (specially formulated to melt at very low temps. so that the burger can still be served pink in the middle, almost like a great tartar), coated in crumbs, re-coated in panko crumbs, and fried like fried chicken.
Phwoar. Isn’t it just filthy? We washed The Chuck Wagon down with The Ad Cod’s cheeseburger, bacon mac&cheese & fries. It’s ok, there was salad in the burgers.
I really don’t want to rave about this place too much. I’m aware that I’m one step away from waving my hands in the air and shouting about them on street corners… But the mac & cheese was freaking outrageous. And I don’t even like mac & cheese.
Yes, I dipped my burger into the molten cheese. Obviously. Let’s get down to business. You’ll find The Admiral Codrington here (it’s near Chanel). Book a table here . The Chuck Waggon isn’t on the menu, so you’ll have to ask nicely if you want to sink your teeth into one. If you’re unfortunate enough to go on a day when Fred isn’t around to whip you one up, order the cheeseburger. It’s still one of the best (if not the best) burgers in London. Oh and as much as I hate to admit to being wrong… The Chuck Wagon is actually better than The Double Stack. I was wrong .