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Sausage & Mash (Restaurant)

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268 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5TY
Cuisine: British
Tel: 020 8968 8898 | Email to Sausage & Mash | Transport: Ladbroke Grove | Write review

Sausage & Mash Review

That Sunday morning hangover; Christmas, away from home; cardless on Valentine’s Day; being made redundant; a crowded retail nightmare; the unexpected death of Fluffy the cat; the unexpected arrival of Ouch the Inland Revenue bill: these times they are a-stressful. During these rocky moments every one of us feels the need to visit our ‘special place’ and a short sojourn to the abating comfort zone usually does the trick. Which is where S&M comes in. Hmm, kinky.

Torture Garden this isn’t, however. Despite there being a certain amount of red vinyl and greasy sausage involved, S&M’s only guilty innuendo is its conceptual leanings towards a traditional British caff.

Ahh, the caff, picture it if you will – the grotty end of Portobello Road where the Westway Flyover looms like the edge of the world and where only oblivious drunkards and stern housewives dare to venture. This is too far for tourists. They know nothing of S&M’s 50s chic authenticity: its vinyl gingham tablecloths; its walls plastered with bygone Hollywood angels; its music following suit. Nostalgia is our comfort zone and S&M claims to be ‘The World’s No.1’.

As fat frying (the Greasy Spoon way) is out and forward thinking is in, S&M’s brand of retro is futuristic: food sourced locally; use of ethical tea and coffee; concerns about salt, saturated fats, carbon footprinting, GM products and felines friends called Fluffy. The appearance of healthier salad-and-sandwich options will further appease the conscience, but really, who cares? We want to gorge on reminiscence. We want to do as the company banner tells us and ‘Eat Ourselves Happy’. We want Mum’s best stodge to make it all the bad stuff go away. We’ll get back to saving the world once we’ve been saved from it.

At times like this comfort takes the form of several swollen tubes of tightly wrapped yumminess, served on a potatoey pillow and drenched in blanket of brown medicine. Provided your blues are really objectionable, and the yearning for a proper food hug is overpowering, then the five-step sausage and mash process is the only way to go.

Firstly, pick your meal ‘type’ - are you the standard Mix & Mash sort or do you work with heavy machinery and therefore require a Desperate Dan-sized platter?

Then comes the flavour decision. Traditional (like Cumberland), unusual (like Chicken and Asparagus) and seasonal varietals (like wintery Guinness) make this the toughest step of all.

Step three is the mash up: traditional velvet, spring onion & herb styleeee or the bubble & squeak remix.

Step four is the point at which you only have eyes for mustard and honey gravy.

Then, the final step is the veg, which is simply dominated by mushy peas.

All this can be washed down with a selection of antiquated beverages such as Victorian lemonade or Dandelion & Burdock, both adding to the sentimental mood. Or, if you’re feeling particularly melancholy, try drowning your sorrows in the mini wine list or perhaps in a bottle of London Pride (which go nicely with the all-day breakfast, especially en route to an after party).

If the blues still don’t disappear after that deluge of comfort then a brawl with the bread and butter pudding should finish the job. Failing that, a brief bit of retail therapy in the Portobello boutiques could help settle things (unless the reason for your depression is a recent credit card bill).

Aside from the longer than average waiting periods, this is a pretense free, ‘ave a cap o’ tea, realm of hearty goodness which does for Portobello Road what Blanky did for thumbsucking.
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  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: S&M

Sausage & Mash Food & Drinks

Sausage & Mash Food Menu

Item Description Price
London Mix 2 London traditional sausages, S&M mash and house gravy. 3 sausages 6.75 £ 5.75
Toad in the Hole A long standing S&M favourite, served with minted or mushy peas and gravy £ 6.75
Spring Vegetable and Goats Cheese Crumble Served with salad £ 5.95
Bakewell Tart Bakewell tart Jammy almond sponge on short crust pastry £ 2.95

Sausage & Mash Drinks Menu

Item Description Price
Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer "Best soft drink of the year" - The Independent £ 2.80
Fentimans Victorian Lemonade Botanically brewed lemon drink wih ginger and herbal extracts. £ 2.80
Fentimans Seville Orange Jigger 30% pure mandarin juice enhanced with natural seville orange flavour. £ 2.80
Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock Botanically brewed - guaranteed to make you feel better. £ 2.80
Scrumpy Jack Cider 330ml £ 2.75
Bishops Finger 330ml £ 3.95
Traditional English tea £ 0.85
Espresso £ 0.90

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