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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Taking your kids to The Sausage Emporium

I am always wary of taking our children to restaurants that don't have a children's menu. I always wonder if they'll have to order an adult portion (which they'll leave most of) and we'll end up spending a fortune. I LOVE The Sausage Emporium though and knew my children would too so a few quick emails put my mind at rest - they could provide smaller portions of anything on menu. Great!

Set inside a railway arch on Westgate Road not far from Central station, The Sausage Emporium embraces all things sausage! Sausages are made on-site with a unique blend of spices - you really can taste when a sausage has been made from scratch and the ones at The Sausage Emporium are some of the best I've had. There are vegetarian and Gluten Free options too.

We were greeted by Hannah who is the pampered dog-in-residence. Our children immediately fell in love and were more than happy watching her scamper around the restaurant floor and perform various tricks. Who needs colouring packs when you have a super cute dog to entertain your kids?



I know a dog running about your feet may not be everyone's cup of tea - if this is the case I would advise booking a table upstairs (Hannah tends to stay downstairs). She is honestly no bother though and will leave you when you are eating. If you want her to leave you alone, just let a member of staff know and they will take her away from you without a problem.


We ordered our drinks and Harry was excited to see Ginger Beer on the menu (we only ever let him drink 'pop' when we eat out). Hubby ordered a pint of Wylam Gold, I had wine and Heidi and Jack stuck with orange juice. Thumbs up for removing our wine glasses straight away and automatically providing straws for the children's drinks.

The chef/owner is warm, friendly and welcoming and always happy to chat with his customers. He advised us which sausage had the least spice and explained as they were quite large it was probably best to cook two sausages and share them between the three of us. Sounds good to me (and it would save us money). Our children could order roast potatoes, mashed potatoes or new potato fries - they went for traditional bangers and mash!

I ordered my favourite dish - Wylam ale sausages, vegetables and roast potatoes served with a teapot full of gracy. Wylam ale sausages are full of flavour and I could recommend you give them a go.



We were sitting right next to the open kitchen and the chef called me over to check the portion sizes were ok for the children - a nice touch! The staff could overhear our children moaning they were starving and took the time to show them the special squeaky toy on the service counter and explained when you hear it squeak - that means your food is ready.


The sausage and mash went down a treat - even Heidi who normally isn't the world's biggest sausage fan finished hers with no complaints. Their mashed potato was lovely and creamy and I predict made with lots of real butter and cream!

Hubby ordered his favourite dish - black pudding sausages with brown ale fried bread and a jar of smokey beans. Delicious.


For dessert I ordered a melt in the middle chocolate souffle, Harry ordered a slice of blueberry cheesecake and hubby ordered an apple and pear tarte tatin. The little ones ordered ice cream.





Everything was delicious, well cooked and the portions were huge - especially hubby's tarte tatin. 

Our total bill was £55 for 2 adults (dining from restaurant week menu) and 3 children. For 2 courses each including alcoholic drinks I think this provided very good value. It's fair to say I'm still a little bit in love with The Sausage Emporium - it is probably the restaurant I recommend to people the most. I love the food, love the ambience and love the staff. Go visit for yourself! You won't be disappointed.

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16 comments

  1. I can't believe I've never been here. I must rectify this soon, the owner comes into Pet Lamb all of the time, he's lovely!!

    Katie xoxo

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    1. It is such a lovely place, you won't regret it x

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  2. I was just saying last night that I wanted to go here although I didn't know about the in house dog, which I'm afraid has put me off a bit although I do love sausages! #nebrilliantbloggers

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    1. Ah don't let that put you off Karen - just ask for a seat upstairs and then you don't even need to see her :D

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  3. haha im used to having my dogs stare at me while im eating as if to say ''give me your sausage'' I cant stand it but it wouldnt bother me as the place looks lovely

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    1. Hannah doesn't stare at you whilst you're eating - she's very well trained in that respect :-)

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  4. Sounds very tempting - and I like the idea of the in-restaurant dog :-D

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  5. I keep passing this place but have never been in. The dog is so cute and my son would love her. The food looks lush as well

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    1. The food is gorgeous - love that it's all homemade and full of flavour

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  6. I've been meaning to try this place as I heard it was dog friendly and I'm sure Holly would love it although i'm not sure how much sausage I would get and how much would be donated to Holly though

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    1. You will just have to get Holly her own little portion ;-)

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  7. Wow amazing value and all looks delicious, love that the chef checked up on portion sizes too-sweet! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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  8. The Sausage Emporium sounds yummy! The desserts look so good, too. Will have to add this to my 'must vist' list!

    Laura
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