Thursday, 11 December 2014

Lunch at 'The Sausage Emporium'

Recently when out Christmas shopping with my Mum, she said she would treat me to a spot of lunch. As a recently returned student, I was super excited about the prospect of eating something other than eggs and bacon, so I waited in anticipation as we trawled past Greys Monument and into the depths of Eldon Square.

When we arrived outside The Sausage Emporium I was initially disappointed. I had been expecting Thai, or Japanese, not a restuarant that specialises in Sausages, which I imagined to be totally Germanised, and not at all somewhere I would enjoy.

However, upon entering the restuarant, my mood was immediately changed. The Sausage Emporium is situated in one of the old railway arches, and the somewhat industrial interior really appealed to me. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, with the owner and chef engaging in conversation and telling us all about Hannah, the restaurants very own Sausage Dog (who unfortunately was out on an errand whilst we were there).

Now down to the good stuff, the food. The menu had a wide selection, including a Christmas Menu, which would be perfect for those festive days out. I was amazed at how much could be done, and how many flavour combinations the humble sausage could have. From chilli, to onion bhaji, to the traditional Wylam Ale sausage, there was a range of dishes to choose from. I mysef opted for a sausage and scallop kebab with meditarranean vegetables, whilst my Mum tried out the Wylam Ale sausage, with roast potatos and gravy. I also just had to have a side of their creamy mash, which was absolutely divine. The sausages themselves were flavousome, and were much more meaty than the regular sausages that I have bought before from the supermarket. My Mum's roast potatos were also scrummy, and her gravy came in the cutest little teapot, which was even wearing its own tea cosy!

After stuffing ourselves with sausages, we just couldn't help but try out the Melt in the middle Chocolate Souffle (which the owner had told us was one of the reasons his wife married him!!). Piping hot and dusted with icing sugar, no words could describe the chocolatey heaven we were in, and the owner even gave us the recipe, so I can bake my own little pot of heaven whenever I want to!

I would highly recommend The Sausage Emporium for its great service, scrumptious food and quirky details (from whisky bottle lights downstairs to Hannah the Sausage Dog), and if you are a lover of dogs the restuarant is even dog friendly! I know that I will be going back there soon, partly for the food, and partly to meet the infamous Hannah, who even has her own twitter page here.

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