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Huckleberry's Burger Bar

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Does anyone remember Huckleberry's? It was like a Wimpy. There used to be one in Putney, London, in the early 1980s. There was an advert on the TV which used to go, "But have you ever been to Huckleberry's, you just ain't lived!" It's driving me mad because nobody remembers it!! I used to love their huckleburgers.


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Do You Remember Huckleberry's Burger Bar?

Do You Remember Huckleberry's Burger Bar?

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    Not only do I remember it I loved it my local one was on the edge of woodgreen and turnpike lane Huckleberrys goes and yet the Golden Arches survive pizzaland chain disappears and dominos pops up why is this, if I like something it vanishes if I pick a horse avoid it like the plague cos it’s gonna be a loser
  • Anonymous user
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    Not only do I remember it I loved it my local one was on the edge of woodgreen and turnpike lane Huckleberrys goes and yet the Golden Arches survive pizzaland chain disappears and dominos pops up why is this, if I like something it vanishes if I pick a horse avoid it like the plague cos it’s gonna be a loser
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    Started my 1st job after Uni as trainee manager in 1983. Interviewed at HO on Grt. Portland St. by Bob Shearer and David Chong. Trained 6 weeks at Lewisham under a Chinese manager. Moved to Wood Green under an elderly Italian manager. Then to Watford as duty manager under Francis Addy (became really good mates). Met John Barnes there as he played for Watford then. Then moved to Oxford street under Paul Chawla.. sharpe guy. Did training at Tottenham Ct.Rd under Koe Figoni and his assist an arab Mohamed i think. Then promoted to Asst manger then manager at Southend all within a year of starting. Then got called to go to Posthouse Hotel at Heathrow to be told H is sold to UB and Wimpy. My area managers were Mike Newton, Maqool Shah (ex Mcdonalds). Got transferred to Chef and Brewer after sold to wimpey with Francis and Mike to open food court in new Eastgate centre in Basildon Absolutetly loved Hbrys.. best fish in rye Bread. Made our own coleslaw on site and cut the fish. Fried Chicken was lovely. God I miss those days. Thanks to Huckleberry my manager career in catering started almost to this day.
    • Anonymous user
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      Hi Ashmuji :) Funnily enough- I was thinking about the good old days! I was searching the internet for Huckleberrys to see if there was any articles. I worked at Huckleberrys the same time. I remember Frances. He was a great guy. It was a great team at Watford. I stayed for a few more years when it became Wimpy but always say the Huckleburger was the best. I remember Maqool Shah too. We used to call him Mac. I remember going to Southend when it first opened - Frances had moved from Watford to Southend. Great days :)
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        Hi Rickster Great to hear from you. I remember a bunch of guys came down to see me and Francis from Watford. An indian girl and 2 -3 others. They stayed overnight at a house me and Francis lived at The only people I remember from Watford were two fiends Avril and Siobhan and a chinese supervisor. We used to go to Baileys a few times. Francis and I got pushed into the pond once after a night out!! ahsanahmedi@aol.com
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          Hi Ashmuji, I was the Indian girl :) I remember the night at Baileys when you ended up i the pond! . When we came to see you there was also a couple called Andrea and her boyfriend Donato. I also remember in Southend out in the evening and Francis has just passed his driving test and took us out for a drink. He ended up getting arrested because he drove the wrong way up a one way street and hit a skip or something! :) The Chinese supervisor was called Lo Chi I think. I do remember her - she interviewed me white standing by the tills. :)
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            great to hear from you Rikster... Lo Chi it was. Do you remember Dympna and Avril? I remember you.. I think I tried to shut you in the walk-in chiller just as a laugh!!! Donato rings a bell but cant put a face to him. email me... we can catch up on life and days at Hucks.... ahsanahmedi@aol.com
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            great to hear from you Rikster... Lo Chi it was. Do you remember Dympna and Avril? I remember you.. I think I tried to shut you in the walk-in chiller just as a laugh!!! Donato rings a bell but cant put a face to him. email me... we can catch up on life and days at Hucks.... ahsanahmedi@aol.com love to meet up one day for old times sake...
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            great to hear from you Rikster... Lo Chi it was. Do you remember Dympna and Avril? I remember you.. I think I tried to shut you in the walk-in chiller just as a laugh!!! Donato rings a bell but cant put a face to him. email me... we can catch up on life and days at Hucks.... ahsanahmedi@aol.com love to meet up one day for old times sake...
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            great to hear from you Rikster... Lo Chi it was. Do you remember Dympna and Avril? I remember you.. I think I tried to shut you in the walk-in chiller just as a laugh!!! Donato rings a bell but cant put a face to him. email me... we can catch up on life and days at Hucks....ahsanahmedi@aol.com.... love to meet up one day for old times sake...
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            great to hear from you Rikster... Lo Chi it was. Do you remember Dympna and Avril? I remember you.. I think I tried to shut you in the walk-in chiller just as a laugh!!! Donato rings a bell but cant put a face to him. email me... we can catch up on life and days at Hucks....ahsanahmedi@aol.com.... love to meet up one day for old times sake...
  • Anonymous user
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    I have very fond memories of working at Huckleberry’s in Commercial Road Portsmouth from 1984 – 1985. We did most of our training in Brighton and also at Oxford Street. I was on the evening shift on the first day of opening – we were just winding down at 10.30 to close at 11 and then there was a deluge of customers from the Depeche Mode gig at Portsmouth Guildhall that night. I got absolutely swamped in the kitchen on my own and the queue was out the door. I remember being on the grill doing a Turn-Lay-12 for around 4 hours on Christmas eve. Loved the camaraderie of the team and the fish n chips were heavenly. There is a certain smell of dill pickle that can transport me back 35 years. Sadly I had to chuck in the life on the grill to become an accountant.
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    I worked at Huckleberrys, Bargate, Southampton in 1982. Was the place to go before Burger King opened up on the other side of the precinct and later Macdonalds opened opposite. Had a great time, hard work but good team. Everyone started as a trainee manager and then got assigned to washing up! I remember Southampton v Celtic when Celtic supporters came in and cooked their own burgers as we were too slow. We just let them get on with it as did the police. Happy memories. Steve Cross.
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    I worked at Huckleberry's between 1983 to 1985.Worked up to Duty Mgr starting in London,moved to Oxford then opened Brighton.Worked with some great people and the atmosphere was hard work but fun.The company training was excellent with QSC ,Quality,Service and Cleanliness at the heart of it.They sold some great food ,freshly breaded chicken ,freshly fried fish and burgers.It was meant to cater for all the needs of a family who could eat three types of fast food in one place.There was a lot of food preparation involved which meant a higher labour cost against a better food product.We had ex McDonald Mgrs who could not believe the amount of labour cost and time spent on food prep.I was there when it was sold to United Biscuits and became Wimpy.The food was not the same and the camaraderie had gone.In London I worked at TCR Tottenham Court Road ,Oxford Street,Queensway,Putney,Lewisham,Portsmouth,Oxford and Brighton.Would love to reminisce with old colleagues and any one with questions fire away.
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      Hi , I used to be a shift manager at Northampton. We always came to you in Oxford when we ran out of buns usually. About the same time, later maybe by a year, 1984 onwards for sure. When grand met sold out to United biscuits it spelt the end with Wimpey being a new starter in the fast food rather then sit down market. So many stories to tell I’m sure. Do you remember the hucklebirgler!
      • Anonymous user
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        I went to your restaurant after watching Monty Python. I had the best cheeseburger ever and strawberry milkshake.
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      Hi , I used to be a shift manager at Northampton. We always came to you in Oxford when we ran out of buns usually. About the same time, later maybe by a year, 1984 onwards for sure. When grand met sold out to United biscuits it spelt the end with Wimpey being a new starter in the fast food rather then sit down market. So many stories to tell I’m sure. Do you remember the hucklebirgler!
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      Hi , I used to be a shift manager at Northampton. We always came to you in Oxford when we ran out of buns usually. About the same time, later maybe by a year, 1984 onwards for sure. When grand met sold out to United biscuits it spelt the end with Wimpey being a new starter in the fast food rather then sit down market. So many stories to tell I’m sure. Do you remember the hucklebirgler!
      • Anonymous user
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        I went to your restaurant after watching Monty Python. I had the best cheeseburger ever and strawberry milkshake.
      • Anonymous user
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        I went to your restaurant after watching Monty Python. I had the best cheeseburger ever and strawberry milkshake.
  • Anonymous user
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    Just come across this site, I trained in Southampton at the Bargate, used to be a disco, in 1979? I have many happy memories of my time there. John Fleming was the MD, John Gillespie as OD, Keith Duke, John Jarvis etc as DMs. I was Store Manager at Northampton, with Patrick Ormone & Julie Stone as deputy managers for over a year then was moved Tottenham Court Road. John Servant (ex Wimpy OD) then took over. Within another 2 years sold to Wimpy. Such a shame. We did the best burgers, chicken & fish at the time. McDonald's actually considered as a major threat but we were sold down the river. RIP Huckleberry's. Martin Sergison (ex senior manager).
    • Anonymous user
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      JohnJarvis was my first Area manager. In Watford, John Servant was a regular visitor as he lived nearby. He was ex Wimpy hence sale to Wimpy came as no surprise.. You must know Joe Figoni at TCR. Julie Stone rings a bell. When Wimpy got sold, John Gillespie askes me to join him at Chef and Brewer to help open first food court in Basildon with Mike Newton and Francis Addy. Three of us were team at Southend. Ahsan Ahmedi.
  • Anonymous user
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    I worked at Huckleberry's in the early 1980's part time on the weekends and during school holidays. This was Watford High Street (became a Wimpy afterwards). Used to work the early shift with my best friend Sue Ferris prepping food for the day, placing cheese in a star formation, cutting lettuce, dredging the chicken in flour. I would also do the birthday parties upstairs. Sad to say I left due to a manager's harrasment by his new girlfriend. Our orginal manager was great. I used to hang with some of the folks after work and go out to Bailey's Night Club etc. Romeo and Heather were a couple that worked there at the same time. Uniform was hideous brown and orange stripes.
    • Anonymous user
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      That wasn’t Patrick and heather was it, they cam to Northampton where I worked as shift manager.
    • Anonymous user
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      That wasn’t Patrick and heather was it, they cam to Northampton where I worked as shift manager.
    • Anonymous user
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      Was there in 1983 as duty manager for 3-4 months Manager was Francis Addy who went out (secretly) with a Chinese supervisor called Ho Sin I think. Avril and Shioban worked there. Cant remember other. Loved it there and we used to go to Baileys as a group. A couple if doors away was a Ponderosa American diner. Ahsan Ahmedi
  • Anonymous user
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    Hi not my first job but in the start up crew in southend high st now burger kings. Still use the broiler not the grill. Should have stayed huckelberrys
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      Hi . I was at southend as asst manager with francis Addy. 1983/4.
  • Anonymous user
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    I used to live in Surrey in 1981 I do remember the advertising. I quote it regularly!!! This is what I recall “ you might have been to Timbuktu or up the Nile in a canoe, but if you have been to Huckleberry’s you just ain’t lived” Thought I was the only one!!! Howdy from Dallas Texas!!!