A guide to England's best bangers

National Sausage Week is a great excuse to indulge in some of England's tastiest sausages. Here's our guide to seven of the best.

Taking place from 29 October to 4 November, UK Sausage Week sees pubs, restaurants and butchers from across the country coming together to celebrate England's rich sausage history. Get into the mood by visiting one of these locations and trying an iconic banger.


Cumberland Sausage at The Pig


Older than the county of Cumbria itself, the Cumberland sausage is not to be taken lightly. Traditionally up to 21 inches long and flavoured with both white and black pepper, the meaty delicacy has been served in the dramatic landscapes of Cumbria for over 500 years.

Get your fix at The Pig

Gloucester Old Spot Sausage at Gloucester Services


This specialised favourite is traditionally made with Gloucester Old Spot (a rare breed), complete with a dash of sage. The Old Spot pig originates from the Berkeley Vale in Gloucestershire, and is notorious for feeding on fallen apples in the orchards, making the pork extra juicy.

Tuck in at Gloucester Services

Lincolnshire Sausage at Redhill Farm


Originating from Lincolnshire, this succulent sausage has two distinct characteristics that make it stand out from the meaty crowd; course ground pork and a generous helping of sage. Dating back to the 19th century, this golden oldie is worth getting on a train for.

Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire at Redhill Farm

Oxford Sausage at The Black Boy


A sausage fit for the demure splendour that surrounds it, the Oxford banger incorporates pork and veal and has lashings of sage, savory, marjoram and lemon. If you can tear yourself away from the local architecture make sure to sample this refined sausage.

Try them at The Black Boy

Newmarket Sausage at The Cadogan


The first rule of the Newmarket Sausage; don’t talk about the Newmarket Sausage. Okay, we kid, but seriously these Suffolk sausages have strict rules that need adhering to. Leave out the offal, and include only cuts of belly or shoulder.

Order them for breakfast at The Cadogan

Pork & Apple Sausage at the Double Locks


Head over to the West Country to try a sausage with plenty of punch.. These drunken delicacies are made with pork and apple, but are often flavoured with cider or scrumpy too – add a dash of sage and you’ve got yourself a banger.

Enjoy them at The Double Locks in Exeter

Marylebone Sausage at The Ginger Pig


Trade your bangers and mash (cockney for cash) for well, bangers and mash. Straight from the heart of London, the Marylebone Sausage is made from the best cuts of meat and seasoned with mace, ginger and sage.

Test your sausage making skills at The Ginger Pig
05 Nov 2019(last updated)

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