I will admit that a big part of wanting to dine there was the need to meet Hannah, the restaurant's resident sausage dog who is known to stroll around the restaurant greeting diners and looking generally cute. So I was thrilled when one of the first to greet us at our table was Hannah. I will admit I squealed, jumped straight off my stool and immediately got down on the floor to give her some attention. She's gorgeous and it's worth venturing to the Sausage Emporium just to see her.
Photo taken from the Sausage Emporium Facebook page
We had a lovely table by the window, perfect for people watching, although I did feel a little guilty stuffing my dinner down whilst people in running gear jogged past the window.
It probably comes as no surprise that the Sausage Emporium specialises in erm ... sausages! I never realised so much could be done with sausages but the menu is packed full of lovely dishes.
Having starved myself all day in preparation I was famished so went for something I knew would really fill me up. The Black Pudding Sausage served with confit tomato, poached egg, fried brown ale bread and home made brown sauce, I also ordered a pot of smoky baked baked beans on the side.
I loved my main course so much, it's been years since I've had fried bread and it was delicious and my sausages were really tasty. The only disappointment was the baked beans which ended up being a little too spicy for me. Whilst I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to spice even Simon agreed they were a little hot so maybe a little warning on the menu would be an idea.
Simon chose the Thai Sausage served with stir fried veg and egg noodles. I loved the colourful presentation and the fork full of sausage I stole off his plate was gorgeous.
As we all know dessert is usually my favourite part of the evening but I was left a little disappointed by our choices at the Sausage Emporium. I went for the chocolate melt in the middle soufflé and although it was nice I felt it needed some cream served with it as it was so rich.
Unlike the Main Menu there wasn't any description provided with the desserts so we did take a bit of a lucky dip with our picks. Simon went for the Lemon Posset Mess which was served with meringue and rhubarb. He enjoyed it, but again wasn't blown away.
We would definitely return to the Sausage Emporium, we loved the "sausage twists" on classic dishes, they were fantastically thought up and seriously delicious.
Restaurant Week is officially over, however some of the restaurants are continuing their offers for another week so take a look at the list and make a plan!