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North West crowns its best banger

The best sausages in the North West were crowned last week as part of British Sausage Week, which this year celebrated the nation’s Sausages of Distinction. 

Philip Cranston of Cranstons Quality Butchers received a coveted British Sausage Week Banger Award for Best Innovative Sausage for their Cumberland Sausage with Caramelised Onion from Michel Roux Jr.

The Cumberland Sausage with Caramelised Onion combines Cranstons award-winning meaty traditional Cumberland Sausage with mouth-wateringly sweet caramelised onion. Philip Cranston said, ‘We tried to create a recipe which would help people think a bit differently about our Cumberland Sausage and it’s great to see it went down so well with the judges. It was great to receive this award and we’re thrilled to have done the region proud with our twist on the classic Cumberland.’

Now in its incredible 18th year, British Sausage Week aims to highlight, via its national competition, the sheer range and quality of sausages being produced today. This year sausages are undergoing a revolution. While nearly three quarters of UK households still buy sausages, consumers are stuck for ways to cook them that match the growing demand for gourmet cooking at home. This year, British Sausage Week is encouraging people to ‘go gourmet’ with their bangers and create some delicious recipes using quality British sausages enhanced by contemporary ingredients to revamp the great British banger for 2015. 

Two-star Michelin chef and British Sausage Week ambassador Michel Roux Jr. was on hand to preside over the awards at ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfield in Central London. Commenting on the winning sausages, Roux Jr. said, ‘I’m delighted to be involved in British Sausage Week and celebrate the best quality sausages from around the country. I have always enjoyed experimenting with classic dishes and ingredients, without compromising on quality – with sausages you can do so much. 

‘It’s time to rethink the humble banger and look beyond mash and gravy to give sausages a bit of the Michelin-star treatment – and the sausages in this year’s competition have definitely done that! I’ve been really impressed with the level of quality and taste in this year’s entries and it’s been an honour to award some of the best in the country today.’

The winning sausage is available at Cranstons Food Halls at Penrith, Orton Grange and Carlisle, and at their three traditional butcher’s shops in Penrith, Hexham and Brampton.

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North West crowns its best banger