One of Jericho's old reliables, Peppers Burgers has earned its place as a student favourite. This burger bar serves beef, lamb, chicken and veggie burgers, along with chicken wings, onion rings, and enormous portions of chips. Burgers come with a choice of two sauces from Peppers' wide-ranging collection; my favourite combination has always been barbecue sauce and mayonnaise, but visitors can choose anything from garlic mayo to sweetcorn relish to Peppers' own White Shark hot sauce (not for the faint of heart, or the sensitive of tongue). While the burgers aren't gourmet, they're well-cooked, hot and delicious, and the fries are always perfectly crisp, without a hint of sogginess.
Seats at Peppers are very limited - it's designed primarily for takeaway, and the two pairs of indoor and outdoor tables are usually full long before you arrive. But you're just a stone's throw away from Port Meadow, and I can confirm that a Peppers burger and some cheesy chips make an excellent late-night summer picnic.
Although the pace is fast, with several takeaway orders being turned over at a time, the Peppers staff are friendly, and always remember a familiar face. If you happen to be a Jericho local who goes there far more often than you should, they might even start letting you go behind the counter to get your own drink from the fridge...
While Peppers does offer veggie options, strict vegetarians may wish to go elsewhere. On one visit, my companion was dismayed to see his veggie burger being cooked on the same grill as the meaty versions - if this is a dealbreaker for you, then I'd recommend sticking to Peppers' cheesy chips instead.
Overall, Peppers does a great burger for the way home after a late night, or a stack of chips for an evening when you can't be bothered to cook. The sauces are delicious, and the range of salad options you can add to your burger means that you can almost convince yourself that you're getting your five-a-day. Don't forget to study the surrealist mural on the wall behind the counter as you wait for your food to cook - see if you can spot the Daleks!