All Star Lanes, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, London WC1

There comes a time when the over-fed, over-pampered restaurant critic waddles to his bathroom mirror, examines the wreckage of his jowly, cross-hatched physiognomy, feels that dyspeptic groaning that comes from too many suprêmes de volaille or tournedos Rossini, and says to himself: "Enough fine dining. I want some crazy fun involving burgers and milkshakes. I want to stand around doing something vaguely sporty. I want to go where the kids go." That's when someone will tell you about the All Star Lanes franchise.

Doctors want statins served with fast food

Customers of fast food restaurants could be offered a free statin along with the burger, salt and ketchup, to mitigate the meal's damaging effects on the heart, doctors suggest.

Hunger striker wins damages over burgers claim

A Tamil refugee hunger striker today accepted substantial undisclosed damages over claims that he had secretly eaten takeaway burgers throughout his protest.

McDonald's visits up by 26 million

Sales at UK branches of McDonald's powered ahead in the second quarter, thanks to a rise in customer visits.

Leading article: Lèse majesté

Burger King has been slapped on the wrist by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for telling whoppers as well as selling them. It turns out that the restaurant exaggerated the size of its "TenderCrisp" chicken burger in its most recent television adverts.

Misleading Burger King advert banned

A Burger King advertising campaign has been banned after customers complained that their chicken takeaways were far smaller than portrayed.

Around the world in 80 dishes No.6: Australia

Global kitchen

Guerilla Burgers, 35 James Street, London W1

Even fitness freaks give in to the odd craving. But is there room for another contender in the posh-burger market?

Nicholas Lezard: Fight for freedom: buy a Whopper at BK

Businessmen want their competition in intensive care, with the doctors shaking their heads

McDonald's serves up record-breaking year

The UK was McDonald's best performing major market last year as consumers were drawn to its value meals in the recession, the firm said today.

Three men charged with murder

Three men have been charged with murder following the death of a warehouse manager who was confronted by a gang in Halloween-style masks in Bristol.

Mini venison burgers

Makes 10

Britons defy the downturn to eat out – at McDonald's

The fast-food giant McDonald's delivered soaring sales in the UK after a "flight to value" sent customers flocking into its stores to eat Big Macs.

Palin flips salmon burgers in a farewell to politics in Alaska

Will the best known US Republican return to politics to battle for president?

The Hamburger, By Josh Ozersky Yale

Studying the story of the hamburger is, says food writer Josh Ozersky, "one way of studying the country that invented it, and then reinvented it again and again".

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