The Sausage Emporium is very easy to find, if you leave central station in Newcastle and turn right you will pass bar Tokyo and the Sleeperz hotel and see The Sausage Emporium situated inside one of the railway arches.
We were warmly welcomed and asked our preference for table which was nice. I love how informal the dining is with lots of wooden benches and mismatched chairs. The whole place is light and area and has a cool buzzy feel to it. There was a real eclectic mix of people there on the night of our visit - a table of bikers, groups of friends, couples and families clearly all enjoy a good sausage!
We ordered our drinks and relaxed into our evening.
As you would expect, the menu is mostly sausage based. There are a few other options available though and there are lots of gluten free options clearly labelled too.
We wanted to make the most of our evening and ordered a selection of starters.
Hubby cannot see an oyster on the menu and not order one. £1.80 was very reasonable!
The scallop and sausage kebab (£5.50) for me was fantastic value and just the right size. The scallops were plump and perfectly cooked and pairing them with sausage is a stroke of genius!
Hubby also ordered a pulled pork slider (£4.75) and although delicious, I think die to the generous size of this dish it is probably better suited as a lunch dish as opposed to a starter.
My brother and his girlfriend shared a portion of smokey baba ganoush with humus and homemade flatbread. Priced at only £4.25 this was fantastic value and there was enough for them to share.
Our starters were cleared, more drinks were ordered and we got chatting to our waitress about their famous restaurant dog Hannah. Hannah is the most gorgeous dog who spends her night meeting, greeting and socialising with customers. She was so friendly you just wanted to take her home! Don't worry though, she is very well trained and won't pester you.
(Photograph courtesy of The Sausage Emporium's facebook page)
Our main courses arrived and contained a few extra surprises. My brother loves a bit of chilli and had ordered triple chilli sausage with smoky baked beans and avocado lime salsa (£9.95). We loved the theatre of opening the jar of beans and watching the smoke escaping, tempting you to dive straight in.
I ordered the very traditional sounding Wylam ale sausage served with roast potatoes, veg and gravy (£9.95) The way the gravy was served was very quirky! That's right, it's in a teapot with it's own tea cosy!
Hubby ordered the black pudding sausage with confit tomatoes, poached egg (which was perfectly cooked), fried brown ale bread and homemade brown sauce (£9.95). This is probably a lot of people's dream meal and did not disappoint. I had a few dips of his brown sauce and it was so delicious and morish! They should sell it for people to take home.
The last member of our party ordered onion bhaji sausages with spiced rice, sweetcorn and pea fritters and homemade flatbread (£9.95). We were all very intrigued to see what would appear and We're pleased to report it was as delicious as our other meals.
The Sausage Emporium seems to be getting everything right - the atmosphere is relaxed, informal and friendly and you are made to feel very welcome. The food is equally as good, you can taste the quality of food and the care that has gone into preparing the dishes. Next time you are looking for somewhere new to try, give The Sausage Emporium a go. You will not be disappointed!