2008

MEATwagon

Back in 2008, an elusive van known as the MEATwagon began rocking up in South London on Friday nights. A relatively new thing called Twitter meant that its owner – burger fanatic Yianni Papoutsis – could tell people where the wagon could be found. South London Landlord Scott Collins heard about the MEATy exploits and went to try for himself, and it was love at first bite. The burgers were like nothing else. But this was just the start.

In 2010 the beloved MEATwagon was vandalised and keen for his Dead Hippie supply to remain free-flowing, Scott invested. The MEATwagon mark two was born and the pair became partners in crime.

After touring Scott’s pub group, disaster struck again and the MEATwagon mark two was stolen just before Christmas 2010. But rather than subdue any burger-toting exploits, its theft proved to be the catalyst for better things…

Sitting in a boozer on New Year’s Day, trying to work out what the hell to do, Scott hatched a plan to bring MEATwagon fare to the upstairs room of a run-down pub he was about to buy, in New Cross, and MEAT history was made.

2011

MEATeasy

Less than two weeks later, In January 2011, the resulting #MEATeasy pop-up went – to coin a phrase – like a frog in a sock. The potential for the project (and for better burgers in London) was jumped on by punters and press alike. It was only open for three months but by the end of 2011, the first stand-alone, bricks ‘n’ mortar #MEATeasy burger and booze mecca opened in central London W1 as MEATliquor. Welcome to the party.

MEATliquor

We opened on 11/11/11 in a site just off Oxford Street that no one wanted, a disused Italian restaurant with a strip club above and an NCP car park on top. The exposed cables and graffiti aesthetic were due to budgetary restraints, not a fashion statement. The deal was originally to stay for two years but, seven years later, we’re still there, with eviction imminent.

2012

MEATmarket Covent Garden

In 2012, in Covent Garden we took on another unorthodox space, above Jubilee Market Hall. It is definitely the fastest of the MEAT family with full counter service, so perfect if you’re looking for a quick grab and go.

MEATmission Hoxton

And so to December 2012 when we opened in Hoxton Market (not Hoxton Square). The building was originally a Christian mission that was bombed during WW2 and rebuilt in 1952 with stained glass windows and a confessional box photo booth to match.

2013

Brighton

In September 2013 we opened our first place outside of London. You can find it an eight-minute walk from Brighton station (all downhill). Decorated in a Miami Vice/Brighton Pier mash up, think pink flamingos with party vibes.

2014

Leeds

Our only Northern MEAT site has been in the Trinity Centre since September 2014 and we’ve been serving up gravy cheese fries ever since. Leeds’ first retro video gaming space is located in our ground floor bar. Think of us as a MEATberg, there’s a LOT more going on underneath the surface than it would seem.

2015

N1

We parked up in Islington in October 2015 and converted an old Citroën garage, equidistant between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations. It has the only MEATliquor “garden”, sponsored by Jägermeister, with plenty of outdoor space.

2016

ED

Late summer 2016, a mile from that first fateful meeting between Scott and the MEATwagon, we set up shop on Lordship Lane with our smallest site to date. But hey ho, size isn’t everything.

Croydon

Hot on the heels of our smallest site (to date) we opened in autumn 2016 in nine converted shipping containers in the middle of BOXPARK Croydon. Croydon is the thirteenth biggest population in England ahead of the likes of Coventry, Leicester and Newcastle, ideal for trams and prams.

2017

Queensway

In 2017 we partnered with the iconic 35-year-old QUEENS skate • dine • bowl, to create a one-stop fun shop. It’s a subterranean pleasure mecca and an acre in size.

Kings X

In a suitably grungy cul-de-sac, in the middle of Kings Cross, you can find us in a repurposed tram shed straddling a railway bridge. We opened in August of 2017 and having been slinging burgers out of a life size replica train carriage ever since.

Brixton

Formerly known as CHICKENliquor, we dumped the bird and had a nip and tuck near the end of 2017 to become a fully-fledged MEATliquor in the heart of Brixton.

2018

MEATliquor SW11

The newest of the MEAT sites. We opened in October 2018 and are the second site in our mini MEAT family after the opening of MEATliquor ED. We’re small but perfectly formed.

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