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Mettrick’s 'Manchester Sausage' Tops NW Bangers

Pub Landlord, Al Murray, crowns Glossop banger best

Published on November 7th 2012.

Mettrick’s 'Manchester Sausage' Tops NW Bangers

AL MURRAY, better known as comedian, the Pub Landlord, was at the Mark Addy in Salford this week testing the quality of our regional sausages.

“The key ingredient is nutmeg,” he said. “We do a lot of experimenting at our butchers in Glossop, and the inspiration for this particular sausage comes from pre-war times, when the first exports of nutmeg came into Salford Docks.”

He was here as part of the Stand Up For British Bangers and Iconic Sausages competition, organised by the British Sausage Appreciation Society as part of British Sausage Week.

The winning sausage came from Glossop butcher, J W Mettrick & Son Ltd, beating around 230 shortlisted entrants and seven other regional finalists to receive the British Banger Award.  

The title of the superb sizzler is The Manchester Sausage. John Mettrick, described, what sets his winning sausage apart.

“The key ingredient is nutmeg,” he said. “We do a lot of experimenting at our butchers in Glossop, and the inspiration for this particular sausage comes from pre-war times, when the first exports of nutmeg came into Salford Docks.”

A butcher and sausage trophyA butcher and sausage trophy

Head Judge Al Murray also offered some thoughts on the humble British sausage, which went some way to justifying his inclusion in the process aside from being a token celebrity:

“I think sausages are the ultimate comfort food, and like many things that bring comfort, they’re often overlooked or taken for granted.”

“As for personal favourites, I have a great local butcher’s in Hammersmith in West London. My daughter loves the chicken and apricot sausage. But for me, it has to be the Cumberland, with a bit of black pepper, mustard and a coating of beer.”

The Manchester Sausage took the Stand Up for British Bangers category (an exceptional pork sausage in terms of taste, quality, flavour, provenance or uniqueness) and was the overall winner. 

The winner of the Iconic Sausage category was the Olympic Breakfast Pork Sausage (a pork sausage that represents a notable British figure or event, past or present) from Buxton butcher, Stanedge Grange Butchery. The nearest shortlisted entrant to the city centre was Albert Matthews butcher’s Gloucester Old Spot Rhubarb and Winter Spice Sausage. 

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2012.

If his wife has anything to do with it I can't imagine that 'trophy' will stay on the mantelpiece for too long...

DavidNovember 8th 2012.

All that work and all he wins is some overalls?

AnonymousNovember 8th 2012.

Best sausages are from Frosts Butcher in Chorlton - big chunky, and very tasty. Wonderful on the BBQ. His hamburgers are also great.

RevaulxNovember 8th 2012.

Glossop = Derbyshire = The Midlands.

ConmanNovember 9th 2012.

Actually Revaulx I think you'll find the following is empirically correct:

Manchester = SQRT[(Glossop x Derbyshire) / Sausage]

AnonymousNovember 10th 2012.

Yes, Glossop's in Derbyshire but it's a lot nearer to Manchester than it is to Chesterfield or Derby. I was born in Denton and have lived and worked in Manchester but having been a Glossop resident for 40 years I can assure you that we don't consider ourselves to be from the Midlands! Glossop is a first class town with some great independent shops and restaurants but I still like to get my Manchester 'fix' every week.

DorothysmithNovember 26th 2012.

sorry to tell you but my bruv has been a butcher for 50 years he makes his own secret recipe sausages no you cant have the recipe its a secret.

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