City restaurant offers feast fit for a polar explorer

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Fancy tasting the life of a polar explorer, albeit without the stewed penguin?

A City of London restaurant is offering a menu inspired by the exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton that packs in a massive 6,000 calories.

The £75 four-course blow-out includes pork scratchings, a 20oz steak and “hoosh”, a thick stew eaten by the pioneering explorer, all washed down with wine, beer and an ice cream shake. There is a modern twist on the hoosh - while Shackleton and his men made it with penguin, the 21st century version will use goose.

The meal, which is being offered at the Green Door Bar and Grill in the City of London, contains three days worth of an adult woman’s recommended calorie intake. For every meal sold the restaurant will donate £10 to the Shackleton Foundation, a new charity to fund projects embodying the adventurer’s spirit and hunger for “calculated risk”

The feast's calorific value matches the amount that seven-strong British team hoping to complete Shackleton’s failed journey to the South Pole a century ago must eat each day to maintain their strength.

Henry Worsley, leader of the modern-day adventurers and a descendant of Frank Worsley, Shackleton's skipper on the Endurance, said: “Obviously this isn’t a meal for the faint-hearted, but I’m sure there are a few people in the City who’ll be up for the challenge.

“There will, of course, be honour and recognition in the case of success.”

Mr Worsley and two fellow adventurers, also descended from members of the original team, will set off on October 29 on the same 900-mile, 80-day route chosen for Shackleton’s 1908/09 Nimrod expedition. They will meet the other four 97 miles from the Pole, where their predecessors were forced to turn back on January 9 1909 in the face of howling icy blizzards and dwindling rations.

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