There’s lots of beautiful scenery to look at as you’re driving around North Yorkshire, with plenty of country pubs available to keep you fed and watered. However, if you’re making your way along the A64 between York and Scarborough and fancy an all-American dining experience, then Huckleberry’s is for you. It used to be a Little Chef, but now stateside memorabilia covers virtually every surface, from large stars and stripes flags to six-foot Coca-Cola bottles. The bigger is better theme continues when you see the claim that Huckleberry’s is England’s first Man vs Food restaurant. That means you can face the likes of the Macho Nacho Sombrero Challenge – that’s four pounds of fully loaded nachos – or Slidergeddon, a ‘light’ snack of just 12 burgers with fries and milkshake. Make it through in the time stated and you get to see your picture on the wall of fame.
Elsewhere there is a solid menu of Americana, with £11.95 worth of Piggy Backed Bird being a suitable choice for us. This arrived on a huge plate, with a mountain of fries, topped with a butterflied chicken breast smothered in pulled pork and melted cheese. Cooked beautifully, there’s little to fault here. There’s chicken, hot dogs, sandwiches and, of course, burgers to choose from. A good list of American beer is also available, but, as we were driving, we stuck to the peanut butter and chocolate malt milkshake.
If the food is good, the service is great. A small team were running around a packed restaurant, never looking anything other than happy to be there. The fact that we were still at our table over an hour after the restaurant officially closed, with drinks still being served, says a lot about the atmosphere they create.
If you’re passing by York and are feeling really hungry, Huckleberry’s is great. If you’re in the mood for pure gluttony, the Man vs Food challenges will keep you busy, and everybody else entertained. Either way, it’s worth a visit, but you may need to call and book in advance – you’ll be lucky to get a table on a Friday or Saturday evening.
DieselCar verdict 4/5
Address Malton Rd, Flaxton, York, YO60 7SG
Telephone 01904 468028
Opening hours 9am to 9pm daily