Saturday, 28 January 2012


Not so long ago I spent a very pleasant year on the Norfolk coast – happy days! And the Red Herring is a decent watering-hole - off the beaten track - to spend a Saturday afternoon.

A fried breakfast served in Gt. Yarmouth that promotes itself for being the weight of a small child has been condemned for its health risks. The Kidz Breakfast at Jesters Diner is claimed to weigh 9lb (4.08 kg) and includes 12 rashers of bacon, 12 sausages and six eggs.

Is that a diet Coke?
The local HeartCare Cardiac Support Group said finishing the meal would "absolutely ruin your heart".

Diner owner Martin Smith said the breakfast was "just a bit of fun". A big bit of fun if you ask me!
The "Jesters Challenge", at the café on Morton Peto Road, invites diners to eat the breakfast in 60 minutes, with no additional help, to get it free of charge. Its price if you fail is £15. The breakfast is served on a plate covering 2.5 sq ft (0.23 sq m). The cafe menu claims you can "leave half a stone heavier" by tackling their "ultimate breakfast".

Mr Smith said interest was growing in the breakfast and he had received enquiries from people in the US, NZ, Cornwall and London who were willing to try it. What, no-one from Middlesbrough? Shame on you parmo-munchers!

He confirmed no one had actually finished the breakfast, but one man had attempted it twice and the second time managed to get half way through it after only two hours.
"We kept getting hassled that our Fat Boy Breakfast wasn't big enough so we decided that we'd go one stage further and take it to the ultimate," said Mr Smith. "Obviously this is not something that should be attempted lightly. We don't particularly recommend it. It's just a bit of fun really." Hilarious!

Ellie Hambling from HeartCare Cardiac Support Group, based at the James Paget University Hospital in nearby Gorleston-on-Sea (ahhhh the memories!), said the meal contained severe health risks (no kidding!) and agreed, when asked, that someone eating it who had a heart condition could die."It would absolutely ruin your heart. It's a no-goer I'm afraid," said Ms Hambling.

You look after your ticker, love, I'll look after mine!

Prof David Haslam from the National Obesity Forum said it "is possible" someone could die after eating the meal in a single sitting, but added it was "very unlikely". He said eating the breakfast was "dangerous" and "profoundly wrong" and could lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Prof Haslam said the calories in the meal would amount to at least 6,000 - up to three days' food intake for an average person.

The diner's owners said they would keep selling it, but agreed to help the HeartCare charity in a local fundraiser. Persumably by supplying candidates for their support group!

The breakfast could be the world's largest full English, according to the Guinness World Records website.

The breakfast consists of:

Kidz Breakfast
12 rashers of bacon
12 sausages
6 fried eggs
Four black pudding slices
Four slices of bread and butter
Four slices of toast
Four slices of fried bread
Two hash browns
8-egg cheese and potato omelette
Sauté potatoes

What, no burgers?

Red Herring
24/25 Havelock Road,
Norfolk, NR30 3HQ
Tel: 01493 853384

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