Pub grubs will test appetites to the Brink

Bush Tucker Challenge at the Top Brink Inn, Lumbutts.'From the left, Brad McArdle, chef Danny Hughes and Dilys Aston.
Bush Tucker Challenge at the Top Brink Inn, Lumbutts.'From the left, Brad McArdle, chef Danny Hughes and Dilys Aston.

The bugs have landed at a village pub - and now customers can prove they have the stomach for a challenge.

The Top Brink, in Lumbutts village above Todmorden, has been transformed into an Australian jungle as it invites people to take part in a bushtucker challenge to help raise funds for charity.

Anybody who can devour a plate of insects and bugs - including dung beetles, field crickets and weaver ants - will be rewarded with a free drink.

Martin Ashton, who owns the pub with his brother Mark, said: “You’ll get a plate which is garnished with leaves and beetroot dressing - and a few bugs.

“We thought it would be a bit of a laugh to see if we could get anyone to do it.

“If anyone is sitting at home watching ‘I’m A Celebrity’ on the TV and thinking ‘I could do that’, why not come and give it a try?

“The bugs have landed and are ready and waiting.”

The bushtucker challenge will be running until mid-December. It costs £3 to enter and proceeds will go to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).

Mark says the challenge is already proving to be a talking point among customers.

“We put it up on Facebook and 972 people have liked it,” he said.

“It’s captured the imagination and shows how popular ‘I’m A Celebrity’ is.”

Mark and Martin decided to support the CVSRT due to the pub’s location.

“We are on the moorland edge here,” Martin said.

“Walkers come in here, and the team come in a bit too, so it seems a good charity for us to support.”

Martin explained that all the bugs are edible.

But anybody who has a shellfish or crustacean allergy is advised not to take part.

People can take part in the bushtucker challenge during opening hours: Monday to Friday, noon until 3pm and 5.30pm until midnight, and on Saturday and Sunday from noon until midnight.

Both Mark and Martin thanked suppliers Inbev for sponsoring the challenge by providing drinks.