Law student run burger shack takes top London eatery honours

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Former Leicester Uni and LPC grad joins forces with mates to create an East End gastronomic sensation


James Bostock (pictured above) has become the latest law student to jack in a potential life in the legal profession for an arguably trendier career choice — he’s making waves in a London East End burger shack.

But not just any burger shack. Caboose in fashionable Brick Lane flies in the face of dozens of curry houses by knocking out gourmet burgers so well that it has come top of the most recent TripAdvisor poll of London eateries.


And the press is going bonkers for it. The Mail Online blared last week:

“Forget The Ledbury and Le Gavroche, this train carriage burger shack has been crowned the best place to eat in London.”

Caboose was launched 18 months ago by three school friends, one of whom is a law graduate from Leicester University.

The 29-year-old Bostock followed a standard path on graduation, heading for a Legal Practice Course (LPC) and masters place at what the Mail Online describes as “the prestigious BPP Law School in Holborn, London”.

But having completed those trials, Bostock fell out of love with the law, telling the Mail Online he was “was pretty turned off by the idea of practice”.

Instead, he’s now knocking out ‘Fat Controller’ burgers — consisting of piles of pulled pork belly smoked for 10 hours over fruit wood chips and served with homemade BBQ sauce, oak lettuce, house pickles and smoked cheddar — for a fiver a pop.


And for 50p more, Bostock will whip up a ‘3.10 To Yuma’, which is stuffed with 12-hour shredded flat rib of beef smoked over hickory and the same extras as the Fat Controller.

Presumably it beats sitting in a soulless City office until midnight pouring over page 759 of a merger deal.