The Secretary Magazine

The Clifton Sausage Review

A true Bristolian institution, The Clifton Sausage has been a mainstay of the Bristol food scene since it first opened its doors in the heart of Clifton Village in 2002. We visited in a recent rainstorm, eagerly stepping into the warm and cosy space. We passed through the well-stocked bar – a great spot for a quick bite at lunchtime – to our window seat in the restaurant.

The menu features traditional British dishes prepared with the best locally sourced ingredients. The stars of the show are the sausages served with mash or champ and thick onion gravy, but there are also classic British mains to choose from, including steak, fish specials, and burgers.

To start, though we were tempted by the wild garlic and walnut pesto bruschetta, we chose to share delicious pork belly bites with a soy and honey glaze. For the main course, I chose the veggie Glamorgan sausages – crisp breadcrumbs encasing leek, Caerphilly, and Cheddar filling – and savoured every bite. The mash was creamy and the onion gravy wonderfully thick and flavourful. My husband chose the special sausage of the day, pork and chorizo. He upgraded his dish to toad in the hole, adding a huge Yorkshire pudding to his already groaning plate – with portions this size, you won’t leave hungry.

There’s something for everyone on the dessert menu, with classics like apple and blackberry crumble alongside lemon curd doughnuts with raspberry ripple ice cream. We couldn’t resist the sticky toffee pudding with lashings of butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream. It’s easy to see why it’s a firm favourite, requested by regulars for special occasions.

From start to finish, our evening at The Clifton Sausage was a delight. The service was so friendly – there’s a real family feel among the staff, who made us feel right at home. In addition to couples like us, the restaurant was full of family groups and large tables of friends catching up over great food, excellent drinks, and a charming atmosphere. In a food scene that shifts all too frequently, The Clifton Sausage is a constant – thank goodness for that.

Hannah – Whats on Bristol