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Double Donut Burger - indulgent or irresponsible?

Pub chain Hungry Horse, which is owned by Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King, has been criticised for creating a burger which contains almost 2,000 calories.

The 'Double Donut Burger' consists of 1,996 calories (98% of a woman's recommended daily calorie intake) it also packs in 53g of saturated fat and 8.2g of salt.

Double Donut Burger Credit: Hungry Horse

The Double Donut Burger is made up of two beef burgers topped with melted cheese, four smoked streaky bacon rashers and BBQ sauce served in two grilled, glazed ring donuts.

Some nutritionists have criticised the dish calling it "irresponsible" and dubbing it "a heart attack on a plate". However, Hungry horse have defended the decision to add the burger tho their menu.

Our popular menu caters for a variety of tastes and appetites and includes everything from lower calorie options such as our hot chicken and bacon salad at 393 calories, through to the indulgent occasional treat such as our new Double Donut Burger.

All the nutritional information for our menu is available on our website and in our pubs, so that our customers are able to make informed decisions about what they choose to eat.

– Steve Jebson, Hungry Horse

Festive cheer for Suffolk brewer

The Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV Anglia

Suffolk brewer Greene King has announced record sales during the Christmas period. The company, which is based in Bury St Edmunds, employs more than 22 thousand people.

Take away sales of beer grew by 20 percent in December. The company's pubs and restaruants also took more than three million pounds on Christmas day alone serving up 62 thousand lunches.

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Profits up for Suffolk brewer

Greene King's profits rise by 7% Credit: Press Association

Suffolk based brewer Greene King has announced a 7% rise in pre-tax profits to £82.7 million.

The company, which is based in Bury St Edmunds, has an estate of more than 2,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels and employs 22,000 people. It owns the Loch Fyne, Old English Inns and Hungry Horse chains.

Greene King's premium ale brand Old Speckled Hen saw volume growth of 5.9% against a premium ale market up 1.8% while Greene King IPA, the cask ale brand, achieved volume growth of 2.2%, in a standard ale market down 5%.

Greene King sales rise

Bury St Edmunds-based Greene King, which operates 2,300 pubs, is reporting robust trading.

The group said the Olympics had a minimal overall impact. Underlying sales were up a "reassuring" 5.1% in the past 18 weeks, as strong demand for its food helped pull in the punters despite the poor summer weather.

Greene King said its performance was "encouraging" although it warned that consumer confidence will remain subdued.