The Clifton Sausage, Bristol
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In Bristol’s leafy Clifton Village, perched on the edge of the Downs and just a stone’s throw from the city’s iconic suspension bridge, you’ll find The Clifton Sausage, an independent restaurant that has been going since 2002.
If you love sausages, you’re in for a treat! With a focus on great British food, the kitchen team work hard to produce fresh, seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients. As you’d expect from the name, there is a good choice of sausages on the menu with at least six varieties at any one time, plus a weekly special. As well as sausages, expect to see classic British pub dishes: slow-roast belly pork, beef and chorizo burgers, daily Cornish fish specials and of course, steak and chips.
The Clifton Sausage’s customers eat more than 100,000 sausages here every year and after tasting them, I can see why. For the perfect pork banger, try the Gloucester Old Spot, or the eponymous Clifton Sausage that combines pork, cider and wholegrain mustard. If you want something a little different how about the Cotswold Lamb, Mint and Apricot? Vegetarians are also well catered for with a choice of at least two veggie sausages. Once you’ve chosen your banger, all that’s left to do is select your mash – try the champ, it’s smooth as velvet and full of spring onions. Perfect with that rich onion gravy.
As the light fades, candle-lit wooden tables and warm decor invite you inside this homely restaurant. Expect to see tables of people ranging from ladies who lunch to family celebrations and romantic dinner dates for two. We were really impressed with this place – not only its food but also its staff, who are among some of the friendliest we’ve met.
By Alex Ryder, Bristol and Bath editor