It’s British Sausage Week from 2 – 8 November. Not that we need an excuse to tuck into one of our favourite national dishes, of course.
With sausages from classic to speciality, and a variety of mash and gravy options, here’s our pick of ten places to enjoy bangers and mash in the capital, from The Ivy to the local boozer.
— Maybe It's Because (@maybeLDNER) October 27, 2015
A wealth of choice means a difficult decision for sausage and mash lovers at Mother Mash. First choose your mash, made with finest Maris Paper potatoes – will it be classic, cheesy, champ, horseradish, colcannon or sweet potato? Then pick your sausages from a choice including premium pork, Cumberland, Lincolnshire, London Smokey, pork and leek, pork and chilli, vegetable and herb, or a regular special. Then there’s the gravy – do you fancy traditional, onion, liquor (traditional parsley sauce), veggie, or Farmer’s gravy made with red wine, onion, smoked bacon and mushroom? Choices, choices…
26 Ganton St, London W1F 7QZ – http://www.mothermash.co.uk/
— The Ivy (@TheIvyWestSt) June 1, 2015
Recently refurbished, and with art by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin on the walls and elegant harlequin stained glass windows, green leather banquettes, wood, mirrors and kind lighting, it’s sort of a relief to know that glitzy celeb haunt The Ivy still offers a classic, nostalgic bangers and mash dish (£13.75) – double pork sausages, with colcannon mash and cider gravy. The perfect pre-or post-theatre treat.
9 West St, WC2H 9NE – the-ivy.co.uk
— Polo Bar (@Polo24HourBar) October 18, 2015
If you’ve got a sausage and mash craving in the early hours, head to Polo Bar right by Liverpool Street station, where you’ll find Cumberland sausages, creamy mash and homemade red onion and ale gravy (£8) on their 24-hour menu. An institution since 1953, and with a 24-hour liquor licence, this buzzy café serves Londoners from all walks of life food and drink all day and all of the night. They also deliver.
176 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NQ – polo24hourbar.co.uk
The Scarsdale Tavern
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This traditional tavern in Kensington offers Cumberland sausage, served with herb mashed potatoes, greens, onions and gravy. In the 1970s, the pub was a regular star of the small screen, appearing in many episodes of The Professionals as Bodie and Doyle’s watering hole of choice. It’s just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, so go for a stroll first and then settle in for some traditional pub grub and real ale.
23a Edwardes Square, W8 6HE – scarsdaletavern.co.uk
The Bridge Lounge
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Overlooking Tower Bridge, The Bridge Lounge and Dining Room are justifiably proud of their sausages – supplied by Franconian Sausage Co. who supplies many of London’s leading restaurants, they’re only made from fully traceable meat, with no chemical enhancers, colourings or bulking agents. There are five kinds of sausages on offer – including Cumberland, beef and Guinness, lamb, mint and jalapeno, wild boar and venison, and vegetarian – and a choice of mash including plain, cheesy, mustard, spring onion, and bubble and squeak. Go on a Monday evening and they’re just £5. Bargain.
186 Tooley Street, Tower Bridge, SE1 2TZ – thebridgelounge.co.uk
The Hereford Arms
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With a menu packed with classic British pub food, The Hereford Arms in South Kensington offers a tempting take on the classic bangers and mash. Try their wild boar and apple sausages, served with chive mash, curly kale, caramelised onions and gravy. There are five ales available on tap including a selection of guest ales.
127 Gloucester Road, SW7 4TE – herefordarms.co.uk
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— The Volunteer NW1 (@thevolunteernw1) October 20, 2015
For free range Cherry Orchard sausages, served with beer mustard mash and red wine gravy, head to The Volunteer on Baker Street, a stone’s throw from the Sherlock Holmes museum and Regent’s Park. You’ll also find 21 speciality draught beers, lagers and ciders plus four cask ales. Ask the bar staff to tell you the story of the eerie figure dressed in a surcoat, breeches and lavish stockings…
245-247 Baker Street, NW1 6XE – thevolunteernw1.co.uk
With branches in Spitalfields, Canary Wharf and The Royal Festival Hall, Canteen offers a British led menu of comforting classics, with all dishes cooked to order. You’ll find hearty Cumberland sausage with mash and onion gravy on the menu here – simple, honest food done well. The cocktails also reflect the flavours of classic home-grown ingredients, and they serve a selection of beers, ciders and perrys that represent the country’s brewing history.
2 Crispin Place, E1 6DW;
Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
The Northumberland Arms
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You’ll find the pleasingly-named Sussex Porkers on the menu at The Northumberland Arms, a little corner pub on Tottenham Court Road. Their sausages and creamy mash are served with a red wine onion gravy, sugar snaps and green peas. Food is served at lunchtime and all evening until 10pm.
119 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 5AW – faucetinn.com/northumberland-arms
— Rocket Bishopsgate (@RBishopsgate) November 2, 2015
With branches in Bishopsgate, The City, Holborn and Canary Wharf, Rocket are celebrating British Sausage Week with a special ‘posh’ bangers and mash – finest bangers and creamy spring onion mash, served with crispy onion rings, sage, caramelized red onion relish, crispy pancetta, and cider and rosemary gravy.
201 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3AB
Churchill Place, E14 5RB
6 Adams Court, Old Broad Street, EC2N 1DX
36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY
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