It’s a true staple in the British diet, whether you think it most belongs on a full English, in a toad in the hole or on a *insert regional word for bread roll here*. But don’t settle for any old silly sausage. Sample some of the best! Whether you want to find the best butchers so you can cook up some bangers and mash, or you want to go out and have a sausage-based specialty cooked for you, there’s some great places in the East Midlands. Some are even award-winning!
If you’re all about tradition and authenticity then be sure to pay Walkers Deli and Sausage Co a visit. First branded as Walkers & Son, the butchers opened in 1824 in Leicester and they’ve been producing great meat there ever since. The business specialises in manufacturing premium sliced cooked meats (and sausages of course), and they’re also the largest producer of pate in the UK.
When it comes to sausages, you no longer have to stick to the traditional British kind though. You only have to visit one of the markets over Christmas to see that people are making sausages out of beef, ostrich and all sorts! Offering late night punters something a little different, Bunk Dogs serve Icelandic style lamb hot dogs, soaked in beer and piled high with as many toppings as you like. Time to try something a little different!
Johnny Pusztai is a modern butcher with traditional values and you only have to wander into the Sherwood butchers to realise that there’s nothing average about it. Originally from Hungary, Johnny’s father came here in 1956 and both of them have found a way to marry the two cultures together. As well as all the standard British meats you’d expect, you can also get curry sausages and Hungarian Kolbasz.
When it comes to restaurant options for die-hard carnivores, most of the meat-heavy places in the city are American style. Basically lots of pulled pork and BBQ ribs. So it’s nice to have a more British take on the meat-eaters paradise with pork sausages, burgers made from British beef and the iconic Sunday roast.
If you’re only satisfied with the best of the best then this is where it’s at. Officially named in the Meat Management Industry Awards 2018, this butchers are the proud maker of Britain’s best sausage! And if you fancy branching out from just sausages, then their bacon, steaks and pies come highly recommended too!