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Are you up for a challenge?
12:00pm Monday 21st January 2013 in News
Buy this photo » Pub landlord Ashley Gargan with Advertiser reporter Ben Russell
A REDDITCH pub is quickly making a name for itself with its herculean food challenges.
As well as providing normal-sized dishes The Duck Inn, Pheasant Lane in Oakenshaw, is getting a reputation for offering something for the more brave or foolhardy customer.
On the menu is 80oz, 100oz, and even an immense 150oz steak - more than four inches thick and taking two hours to cook medium rare.
The pub is also offering a giant burger stack - thought to be the biggest in the UK.
The mammoth meals are attracting celebrity names such as Manchester United’s Nani and even Man Vs Food TV star and American hero Adam Richman.
Advertiser reporter and food enthusiast Ben Russell was recently invited to attempt the burger challenge.
People have 20 minutes to finish the dish, complete with chunky chips, to win a t-shirt and have a photo on a wall of fame.
The monstrous meal comprises six 6oz prime beef burgers, six rashers of bacon, six deep fried battered onion rings, six mushrooms, six slices of tomato and lettuce, six slices of cheddar, and six rings of fresh onion all in bun with relish, mustard and spicy chilli beef.
The idea behind the food challenges come from pub landlords Ashley Gargan and wife Louise.
“It’s really starting to take off,” said Mr Gargan.
“We’re getting a lot of people, including some famous names, that are wanting to come down and try these challenges.”
A handful of people have attempted the steaks and the burger stack, with some being successful.
To date however, no one has ever completed the 150oz steak.
“I’ve tried a few of the meals and have to admit that I’ve failed as well,” revealed Mr Gargan.
“People don’t realise how big and just how much food there is on these plates - it is much tougher than people think it is.”
He added: “As well as the fun aspect of the challenge though we’re raising cash and awareness for our charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Also, none of the food goes to waste. People can take whatever they don’t eat home or the regulars and people in the pub will all try a little bit.”
Sadly Mr Russell failed, only managing about half of the dish.
Anyone who thinks they are up for a challenge can visit The Duck Inn or call 01527 540106.