I personally love a good food challenge! It’s by no means a weekly affair, but when there’s work to be done I’ll be there!
So when I saw two 32oz Burgers for £16, there was nothing that could stop me! I grabbed a voucher, booked 24 hours in advance (this behemoth requires a god damn days’ notice!) and headed to the Toon on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
(I purchased the original offer from Groupon where it’s no longer available, but you can still grab one at: http://neoffers.co.uk/products/burger-challenge-newcastle)
The challenge is at the Punchbowl in Jesmond which is somewhat of a strange place for such an epic burger challenge. One side of the building is a proper old pub with the regulars propping up the bar and a pool table to boot. The other side is a light freshly renovated coffee shop which out the two was my preferred setting for taking on the burger (ashamed to say I did this challenge twice and ate in the pub side the second time…it’s by no means bad).
123 Jesmond Rd Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2
Left coffee shop side – Right pub side
So me and two friends went for the coffee shop side and grabbed a few drinks. The staff there are really friendly, and the establishment was really well furnished so top marks for a place to eat.
As the voucher was only for two one of the lads ordered a separate burger, which as you can see was delicious. Not 32oz of delicious though so who the fuck cares.
When our burgers came out our jaws dropped. The pictures really don’t do these beasts justice. Upon a stotty type bun sat 32oz of freshly fried beef burger, topped with a pancake of cheddar cheese, full rashers of bacon (none of this bacon pieces business), some relish, pickles and six onion rings. Clearly, they were concerned we might still be hungry so plonked a huge bowl of sizzling French fries next to it…
The first bite was delicious; the burger was nice and crispy on the outside and cooked thoroughly throughout. Admittedly the quality of the burger meat was not exceptional, it was pretty heavily processed, but all of the toppings made it a tasty eat.
From what I remember the following hour involved what I imagine closely resembled the seven stages of grief – shock, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and acceptance/hope. But as with most true stories, this one doesn’t have the fairy-tale ending. I ended up leaving a small slither of burger that I really couldn’t face and literally contemplating whether I was fit to drive home or not.
Half way mark…this thing was solid!
Overall the challenge was a good treat and a canny laugh with the lads. However, if you’re picky about the meat quality of your burgers this challenge isn’t for you. I imagine this has something to do with how expensive and difficult cooking 32oz of fresh mince would be, but be warned, the burger isn’t exactly top shelf quality.
Venue (Coffee shop side):
Location: 6/10 (Very small car park)
Price: 9/10 (It was on offer)