When you’ve got to book your £28.95 main course two days in advance you know it’s going to be something special.
It was steak night at the Odd House in Oakham. A bit of a trek out, but then there aren’t many places that serve up a 64oz rump steak meal.
Nine of us arrived but only seven dared take the challenge - and I wasn’t one of them. One of the group opted for a 32oz steak (£19.95) while I completely bottled it and went for the 16oz option at £13.75.
Mine arrived first and the waitress clearly thought she would be serving it to a child. The next to arrive was the 32oz rump which soon shut everyone up. It looked enormous.
The 64oz steaks were ridiculous. One looked as thick as a turkey but everyone commented on the high quality of the meat as bets were taken as to who would succeed and who would fail.
Incredibly, I wasn’t even the first to finish. Kesteven Rugby Club’s Tony Woolerton saw his 64oz steak off in 12 minutes. 12 minutes!! That’s more than five ounces a minute!
More than an hour later the last of our group finished up and we had our winners and losers. Five finished their 64oz steak while two were defeated. Journal photographer Toby Roberts, unsurprisingly, was successful.
By Neil Graham