Libertines frontman Pete Doherty takes on the famous Dalby Cafe mega breakfast challenge

Pete Doherty takes on the Dalby Cafe breakfast challenge

Libertines frontman Pete Doherty has taken on Dalby Café’s famous mega-breakfast challenge – and won.

The massive breakfast consists of 4 eggs, 4 bacon, 4 sausages, quarter pound beef burger, hash browns, mushrooms, chips, onion rings, bubble and squeak, beans or tomatoes, 2 slices of bread and a mug of tea or coffee.

The challenge is to clear the plate in under 20 minutes – the prize is a waiver of the £17.50 cost.

Since the challenge began in 2003 between 10 and 20 people have managed to claim their fry up for free – the exact number isn’t clear after the winner board was accidentally wiped clean. Since 2010 there have been six successful mega-breakfast challengers listed on the Wall of Fame.

This morning Pete Doherty, who owns The Albion Rooms hotel in Cliftonville with his bandmates, smashed the challenge in 19 and a half minutes.

Dalby boss Mark Ezekiel said apparently the breakfast followed “one hell of a weekend.”

He added: “We did notify him of the cctv outside and not to feed his dog to qualify for getting it for free. His response was classic: “I’ve paid £4.5k for that dog, I’m not going to feed him fried food.”

“There have been 10-20 people who have managed it in under 20 minutes, unfortunately a staff member wiped the board clean when I went on holiday so now I do not have any record before 2010. I have seen it eaten within 13 minutes but they just couldn’t finish the bread so didn’t actually fully complete it.”

The Dalby Café in Dalby Road, Cliftonville, is one of Margate’s oldest, opening just after the Second World War in 1946.

It is steeped in history, with the seating from old Margate trams and still sporting the original formica tables.

Earlier this month it was announced that the band – made up of Peter Doherty, Carl Barât, John Hassall and Gary Powell – were Margate Football Club’s new headline shirt sponsors for the 2018/19 season in the Bostick Premier League.

The Libertines are also involved with the Wheels & Fins festival from September 7-9 in Joss Bay, taking over the last day of the event for their own Sgarabang fest.


  1. Congratulations on your eating achievement, as someone who has been involved in feeding over a thousand free meals to struggling families it would be great if as a local celebrity you could join us at drapers mill this Wednesday or Friday or next Monday (6/8 pm) to taste our healthy food and meet our visitors at the summer kitchen

  2. I saw him being pulled along on his BMX by his dog this morning on the way to the challenge at the Dalby cafe. I expect the rest of the day was spent in his toilet after that lot. Congrats Pete on blowing this challenge away!

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