Picturehouse offers meal that would give Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for his money
Arnold Schwarzenegger may be synonymous with most for acting,
bodybuilding and running California for eight years - but for
burger fans in Canterbury his name is behind the city’s most
gruelling food challenge.
The Terminator Challenge sees diners arrive at The Picture House
in St Peter’s Street looking to polish off two 12oz burgers, four
rashers of bacon, four slices of cheese, a spicy sausage, six onion
rings and chips.
For £20 challengers are also served pickle, baby gem, smoked
paprika mayonnaise and coleslaw with winners eating for free if
they manage to clean their plates.
In its first year the challenge has attracted more than 700
diners on Monday nights with customers pitching up from London and
Just six were given their money back.
Owners Stuart O-Leary and Blake McCaskill said the gut-busting
burger contest was born after staff began brainstorming new names
for the menu which also includes burgers such as The Godfather and
Mr O’Leary said: “We were thinking up names for new burgers and
because we are an old cinema we often come up with films.
See one hardy eater
taking on the Terminator Challenge
“We have burgers such as The Mexican and Get Him to the Greek
and we decided we needed a Terminator one so we took it from
“The response has had a good impact on the whole business.
People come in and take photos and share them on Facebook and
“We had some guys come in with Arnold Schwarzeneggar t-shirts
with Arnie carrying a burger instead of a gun. The t-shirts also
said The Picture House and Terminator Challenge so it has worked
wonders for us.”
“Just recently we have taken a booking for a group of 16 and if
we get bookings in advance we can also serve the burger on
Not everyone however has had a good experience with the burger
challenge - with Mr O’Leary revealing one diner was sick during his
He added: “We have had one guy who was sick, but most people
know when to stop. Unfortunately I was on duty that day as
In May, a University of Kent student was filmed on YouTube
trying to complete the challenge which has attracted more than
12,000 hits (see above).
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