Do you have the bottle to try a 'Bucky' burger?

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The new Buckfast burger is being sold at The Arches
The new Buckfast burger is being sold at The Arches. Our reporter Stef Lach tries the Buckfast burger.

But a Glasgow eaterie is hoping a new addition to the menu will tempt experimental diners to chow down on a Buckfast burger.

The Arches cafe-bar has launched a meat treat infused with the tonic wine, nicknamed "commotion lotion".

The 'Bucky' burger is made with pork, marinated in the caffeine-infused alcoholic drink and will set diners back £8 with chips and coleslaw.

Arches' chef Jass McNeil, 29, said: "It's a drink that is usually associated with young people, so it's nice to do something interesting with it.

"It's really quite sweet but, because of that, it goes really well with pork.

"The burgers have been doing really well, I would say they have been selling better that the beef burger. People are curious."

It's not the first time the controversial drink has been used by creative chefs.

Scots chef Derek Mather, 37, found success with his Buckfast sorbet at his Artisan restaurant, in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.

Our reporter Stef Lach tasted the Buckfast burger, here is what he had to say - 

The Buckfast burger looks just like a regular burger.

There’s no bright yellow branding to distinguish it from other burgers and it isn’t served in a modesty-saving brown paper bag.

And at first taste, you’d be hard-pressed to know Buckfast is even an ingredient.

In fact, there’s no overt taste of alcohol at all.

If you concentrate hard, you can just about taste a hint of tonic wine. But it isn’t the sickly sweet Bucky taste you might (or might not) know and love/hate.

The Bucky burger is simply a meaty burger, served on a nicely toasted bun with excellent coleslaw and gherkins on the side.

And the chunky chips it comes with are superb.

In the taste stakes, the Buckfast burger is a winner.

Food and drink

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