Here at Wriggle, we loves a good sausage sesh. Why? Because this mighty piece of meat is just so versatile! You can eat them morning, afternoon and evening; whack them on the BBQ, grill some up to place in your morning sandwich, wrap them in pastry or let them be the star of the show in your casserole. We thought it was high time we saluted the sausage, so here are some of the best places to enjoy them in Bristol.
You may have spotted Sausagenius popping up at various different Bristol street food markets. This venture started out with founder John making his own sausages at home, which proved to be so popular he threw caution to the wind and started producing and delivering them locally around the city. One drunken evening, (don’t all great stories start with alcohol), John and his friend Matt decided to set up shop, and Sausagenius was born. It really is quite simple, they take fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients and only use British, outdoor raised pork, mainly the shoulder and belly. They have a whole range of sausages to their name and also offer creative and delicious porky dinners when out and about at the markets.
Pigsty forms part of the original Cargo crew down in Whapping Wharf and since opening, has become incredibly popular. If sausage is your thing, these guys are the masters. The three brothers behind 'The Jolly Hog’ decided to open their own spot after finding success with their sausages, and the rest is history. As well as serving doorstep sized sausage sandwiches and banger baps, there’s plenty of other delights for you to enjoy. Classic Scotch eggs with that golden, runny yolk, sausage rolls wrapped in light pastry, and how can we not mention the hoguettes?! Slow roasted pork shoulder BBQ parcels of joy, served with baconaise. Game changers.
It wouldn’t be a sausage round up without mentioning The Clifton Sausage. This long standing Bristol (and Bath) establishment has kept porky punters happy since 2002, and the restaurant is all about serving classic British staple dishes alongside a whole range of sausages – there are at least six to choose from on the menu, including vegetarian options and daily specials. If you decide to work your way through the sausages on offer, (all are served with mash and onion gravy), you can expect to taste highlights such as beef and butcome ale flavour, traditional pork or lamb, mint and apricot. You can also indulge in ‘The Clifton Sausage Tasting Plate’ – three different varieties of sausages with all the trimmings, or go one step further to comfort heaven with the classic toad in the hole.
The Italian Sausage steps away from British fare and offers us everything in Italian sausage! George and Valeria make authentic sausages using old family recipes and wish to bring the people of Bristol the food that they enjoy in their homeland of Sorrento. Serving from their yellow meals on wheels Apetta van – you can find them popping up at Bristol food markets or on Gloucester Road. All sausages are served on Ciabatta breads and the toppings depend on the season. The Salsiccia sausage is a firm favourite, made up of locally sourced pork meat, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, white wine and salt. You can also get your hands on classic Italian sausages, Calabria and Miniciccioli, all of which are available to order and takeaway. Grazie!
Tucked away in St Nick's market is the Sausage Station. Not to be forgotten, the emphasis here lies in celebrating one of the best in English dishes. All award-winning sausages are sourced from Jesse Smith & W.J Castle butchers in the Cotswolds and can be served in one of three ways; sausage and mash, double sausage sandwich or the delicious sounding sausages and dauphinoise potato. You can also stock up on sausages to take away with you and take your pick in some of the delicious condiments on offer. If you ask us, it is worth a detour into the Glass Arcade to pay a visit and try for yourself.
You might be surprised to find Hart’s Bakery on this list, but how could we not include them when they produce some of the finest sausage rolls in Bristol?! Situated in a railway arch underneath Temple Meads, every pastry, sourdough and cake here is prepared and baked on-site. With savouries coming out of their oven from 10.30am, everything is also incredibly fresh. The sausage roll flavours change daily, but we must recommend the pork and black pudding beast, an utterly delicious and moreish filling wrapped in flaky, fluffy golden pastry - you've got to taste it to believe it.