Diners with a taste for a challenge head to Gloucester Road restaurant

December 31 2012
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Hungry residents looking for a warming meal during the chilly winter months might find they’ve bitten off slightly more than they can chew at a Gloucester Road restaurant.

Diners with a taste for a challenge head to Gloucester Road restaurant

Hungry residents looking for a warming meal during the chilly winter months might find they’ve bitten off slightly more than they can chew at a Gloucester Road restaurant. Leo Storey at Atomic Burger

Daring diners have been lining up to try a giant, spicy burger produced by Atomic Burger, which opened its Bristol branch in July. 

The meal includes three burgers, sandwiched between two pizza buns, and fries, finished off with a scorching chilli sauce made from the Naga Bhut Jolokia chilli and the Scotch bonnet, up to 40 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Guests must be over 18 and sign a disclaimer before donning their protective gloves and attempting to finish the dish within the hour.

In December, restaurant manager Leo Storey took on the challenge along with waitress Katie Mackay and customers Freddie Davenport and Guy Proctor - but all four were beaten by the dish, failing to make it onto the “Wall of Flame”, which bears the names of the diners who have cleared their plates in the fastest time.

The challenge has attracted interest nationally, with stories in the press and Channel 4 filming at the Bristol branch.

But co-owner Martin Bunce said the challenge was only ever meant to run for a few weeks as a special. He said: “It was a request from a customer from Texas at our Oxford branch who wanted a challenge.

“We didn’t want to be gimmicky, as that’s not what we are about, but this has proved really popular with 700 people trying it so far.”

Martin said family links had brought him back to Bristol, where he was told Gloucester Road was the “place to be” for independent outlets.

He said: “Gloucester Road has a real friendliness to it – the local businesses were knocking on the door to introduce themselves straight away.”
He added: “Staff are all from the area as local knowledge was so important.”

Visit http://atomicburger.co.uk/.