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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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    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!
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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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      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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    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).
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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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    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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    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!!!
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    There was one in London, N22...they did the best fish sandwich ever created on earth, Hot, tasty fish in the thinnest, crispest batter, perfect sauce & served in bread with caraway seeds. I miss it like I do Wendy's 3/4lb'er with triple extra everything.
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    Does anyone have any photos of Huckleberry's memorabilia, or the restaurants themselves? I'm putting a book together, sort of a corporate history of my company, Druther's, formerly known as Burger Queen. We were the ones who brought Huckleberry's to the UK! Send any Huckleberry's photos to contact@drutherssystems.com
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      Hi I us3d to work at Northampton branch for around 3 years. Fab fun, met loads of people still friends with now. Menu was Great, chicken portions, fish and chips, all sorts of stuff. Competed with McDonald’s every day but we swapped food when we got board. Legendary after shift parties. Refused to dress as mr Hucklebuerger though. I have some napkins and logos I think.
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    Hello from across the pond! Huckleberry's was actually a part of my company at the time, Druther's! We started as thr Burger Queen chain of restaurants, and rebranded the entire chain to Druther's Restaurants. We opened up locations in the UK under the name Huckleberry's. In 1990 we converted the entire chain of restaurants to Dairy Queens, in the next few years that's when I assume Huckleberry's closed. Glad to see folks still remember! Thanks for your question, hope I could help! -Brian Easley Vice President, Druther's Systems Louisville, Kentucky, USA