We travelled to Rochdale for the sole purpose of trying Castle Cafe's Challenger breakfast. And we were not disappointed. The place itself is a good honest working men's eatery and the food is of the standard you would want, the challenger breakfast is something else containing eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns, omlette, fried bread, toast, bread and butter, black pudding, spam, chips, mushrooms and a cup of tea (I've probably missed something.) All in all it is 6000 calories and around half a stone in food. Before you receive the food you get a warning that whatever you do is at your own risk and then they serve you the tray full (and I mean full) of food. As I said the food is of good quality and tasteful and if you complete the challenger in 1 hour you get it free - there were three of us giving it a go (which is not allowed in the challenge, but we knew we wouldn't do it) and we made it to about 50% and all felt full for the rest of the day. Best thing going for the cafe though are the people who although they must have thought that a group of nutters driving from London to Rochdale for breakfast were slightly unhinged they were very friendly and didn't seem at all put out that we were more there to say we had done it than to give it a real go. I doubt I will ever try it again as I know I could never manage it but if you think you can I recommend you give it a go - just make sure you listen very carefully to the health warning.
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