The Hampshire Hotel has been around for well over a century, but in recent times, it had been closed. Less than 6 months ago, the doors had reopened, and it was good to see the pub back in business again. The food offerings here are limited with a handful of starters, salads and mains.
Compared to other pubs, this place is pretty small. Located on a corner position, there are essentially three sections to this pub. The middle section is where the bar is, while the area towards the rear is where the kitchen is located. From what I could see, there wasn’t much seating inside, but the outdoor area is spacious.
For lunch, I ordered The Hampster Burger which contains a smoked beef patty, tomato salsa, sweet avocado spread, cheese, fried onion and lettuce. It came with a side of chips and salad. The dish came out after a 15 minute wait and was average in presentation. My initial thoughts were that the burger was small. The bun was a bit larger than a dinner roll which I thought was disappointing considering the price.
Considering the bun was small, I was even more disappointed at the fact that the patty was even smaller. The beef patty did have some smokey flavours, but it was dry and overcooked. The fried onion and tomato salsa combined to produce a lovely natural sweetness, which was balanced by the garlic aioli. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, while the bun was firm enough to hold all the ingredients.
The sides were provided in generous amounts. The salad had a good variety of fresh vegetables and the amount of dressing applied was just right. The chips, on the other hand, could have fried a bit longer until they were crisp.
The staff were friendly, the service was good and the atmosphere was relaxed. The cost of the burger was $17.90, which I thought was overpriced considering it’s “hampster” size. The meal itself wasn’t that well executed and it fell below my expectations.
WHERE: 110 Grote St, Adelaide