A burger from Cornwall has been shortlisted as one of just 16 from across the whole of the UK to be in the running for a national award – in its first year of opening.

Cornwall’s HERD restaurant, which launched less than a year ago, is a finalist in the 10th annual National Burger Awards and is set to compete against leading industry heavyweights from across the hospitality industry.

Just 16 burgers nationally, including the HERD Burger, have made the final of this year’s awards, which will take place in London on February 20 at Big Penny Social, hosted by DJ BBQ.

The national competition will see chefs from across the hospitality sector – including restaurants, pubs, and street food traders – go head-to-head in a live cooking showdown, to see whose signature burger is named the best in the UK.

In addition, the competing chefs will participate in a technical challenge that will see them create a burger from a specific selection of ingredients supplied by event sponsors, in a bid to be crowned Burger Chef of the Year, while also taking part in a plant based round too.

Falmouth Packet: Inside HERD restaurant in NewquayInside HERD restaurant in Newquay (Image: HERD)

The shortlisted HERD Burger features a 150g grass-fed dry-aged beef patty, double cheese, melted onions, gherkins and homemade beer mayonnaise, created using Sharp’s Brewery Atlantic IPA, sandwiched between a custom Baker Tom white bread bun.

The Cornish contender is up against some of the biggest names in hospitality, including London-based burger chain and 2020 champion Bleecker, as well as Black Bear Burger, Loungers (owner of the Lounge), Cosy Club and Brightside brands, as well as Mollie’s Motel & Diner – created by Soho House founder Nick Jones – and Stonegate, the nation’s largest pub and bar operator.

Independently owned HERD in Newquay, which only launched last summer, has quickly gained a fan base.

Meat comes from third generation family butchers Aubrey Allen, while HERD makes its own secret sauces, dips and gravy made from braised beef brisket cooking juices.

Falmouth Packet: The HERD trailer at CrantockThe HERD trailer at Crantock (Image: HERD)

Tom O’Brien, HERD’s operations manager, said: “We’re stoked to be in the final of such a renowned industry competition – this is the Oscar’s of the burger world!

“Having not yet been open a year, it’s a milestone moment for us to be up against industry heavy weights, and to be representing Cornwall on a national level.

“We’re a lesser known up-and-comer in this established crowd – but we’re super confident our HERD burger can deliver the goods to impress the judges!”

Herd launched in April last year with a restaurant on Newquay’s Fore street and a pop-up HERD trailer at Crantock beach.