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Best Bites: World Cup flavour at the Prince of Wales

"Fun flame-grilled food and a fantastic burger range" are promised at Fleet pub

Sizzling summer specials are going down a treat at Fleet’s Prince of Wales pub.

The Reading Road South venue, part of the Flaming Grill brand, is famed for its wide range of dishes cooked on an authentic chargrill and served on hot sizzling skillets.

General manager Diane Branch, said: “We’re famous for our fun flame-grilled food and have a fantastic burger range, which includes some pretty impressive delights such as our infamous 1kg Flaming Challenge Burger.”

The challenge features two 12oz beef burgers, two breaded chicken breasts and two bacon rashers, topped with chilli beef, mature cheddar and onion rings, and served with a well-sized portion of chips.

“Anyone who finishes it gets to have their picture on our special Wall of Flame in the pub, and on our Facebook page,” added Diane, who has been employed at the pub for seven years.

“We do it on a monthly basis so we have about 25 to 30 pictures up at any one time.”

The Flaming Challenge Burger was launched when the pub re-opened as a Flaming Grill in February 2012 following a £280,000 refit. In January two more challenges were added to the menu – the 32oz Steak Challenge featuring a gigantic 35-day aged flame-grilled rump steak served on sizzling onions with mushrooms, half a grilled tomato, peas, onion rings and a giant double portion of chips; and the enormous Trash Can Challenge featuring a giant rack of ribs, double-up cheese and bacon burger, beef chilli sundae, chicken skewer, onion rings, corn on the cob, smokey barbecue baked beans, peas and a triple portion of chips.

Both meals are priced £19.99 and are also proving very popular.

Other dishes on the menu include the Moroccan lamb burger – a flame-grilled 6oz lamb burger topped with tzatziki and served in a flat tortilla with a dressed mixed leaf salad; the Chilli burger – a flame-grilled 6oz beef burger topped with cheese and pulled pork mixed with either Peri Peri or chilli sauce; and the spicy chicken taco served on sizzling onions and peppers with spicy salsa, mozzarella, jalapeños, sour cream and guacamole.

Anyone who still has room can try a range of deserts, including The Mountain of Sweet featuring Maltesers, cream, crispy wafers, honeycomb pieces, chocolate flavour sauce, vanilla flavoured ice cream, cookie dough cheesecake pieces, chocolate fudge cake chunks and profiteroles.

“We also do all the traditional stuff like fish and chips, pie and mash and Sunday roasts,” added Diane.

The pub has also launched a special burger festival featuring eight different toppings from around the globe to celebrate the World Cup.

“We’ve also turfed the inside of the pub and made a beach in the garden,” added Diane.

“We're bringing Rio to Fleet. All the England games are ticket only, which are free and available from the pub.

“All the regulars have got special passports with their pictures on to get them into the games, so they’re all very excited.”

 
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