Sausage Roll – The Quality Chop House, Farringdon

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New location, new food adventures! For regular readers of my blog, sorry that I did not write much when I was based out at the Silicon Roundabout. I did have the aspiration to have a pho at every Vietnamese joint down by Kingsland Road but work and laziness got the better of me and I stopped after 3. Does not mean I did not eat lunch, just nothing worth much of a mention.

Today’s write up is more out of astonishment then it being a taste sensation. For those not as bright a spark, the title of this post reveals what is in the neatly packed parcel which cost a whole £4! Yes, it’s a humble sausage roll.

20131216-123049_Web_jpg_630x420_crop-center_q95I know many critics simply loved The Quality Chop House. Rave reviews abundant. Just google for it. Without a buddy for a sit down meal, thought I give the offerings at the adjacent shop a try especially I was peckish for a snack after my lunch. The big cuts of meat at the butcher looked promising and decided to give the sausage roll a go. Though there was no price listed, was expecting to pay say max £2.50 for a luxury version?

Had to take a big gulp when I was told the damage was £4! Four bl00dy f-fing pounds for a sausage roll! I kid you not, I got the receipt as proof!

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It’s not even a big sausage roll by any standard. The ones in Borough Market from The Ginger Pig were at least half a the size longer and were only £3 a piece I think. I usually use a packet of ciggies as the reference measure but don’t want to enrage the anti smokers lobby thus an Oyster card will do. * An Oyster card is the size of a typical bank/credit card.

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You know what? The taste of the sausage roll sure does not justify the price tag. Ok, it’s not a bad sausage roll, the puff pastry is light and flaky and the sausage meat filling was generous, juicy and well seasoned. Bits of green herbs were laced throughout the stuffing but for the life of me, I could not tell what the herbage was. Sage perhaps? Overall, a tad greasy but those of you health conscious peebs but still acceptable by my standards.

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But £4! I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. Especially when their lunch deal of a chop with a glass can be had at £15, something is wrong with their pricing. No wonder I was muttering under my breath on my walk back to the office cradling the warm £4 parcel.

Another pic for posterity!

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The Quality Chop House
90-92 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3EA
Butcher and Shop: 0203 490 6228

Festive, Steak Bake and Sausage Roll – Greggs, Ruislip High Street

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It’s WFH for Junk today. Got a doctor’s appointment to sort out my chest from when some random stranger elbowed me on the tube 3 weeks ago. The doc will probably not be able to do much except prescribe stronger painkillers but at least that saves me popping ibuprofen everyday.

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Anyway, lunch was a slightly later affair as you can see from the picture. It was dark by the time I managed to get out of the house. Had some business to sort out on the local high street so decided to pick something up fast from Greggs the bakery.

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They always have a 2 pastries deal if you get 2 of the same sort but it would seem they have loosen their deal a tad. For those not in the know, their pastries are usually baked on the premise but when I got there, the choices were not great. So I got my go to Steak Bake and Sausage Roll. Seeing it’s close to Christmas, there were a couple of options that fits the theme. So I got a Festive Bake as well. Total cost, 2 pastries or bakes was £2.50 and the Sausage Roll was £1.20. A very filling late lunch for £3.70. Not half bad I guess.

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The Steak Bake is as always comforting. Rich brown gravy with chunks of beef, a tad salty but fills the gap. I was quite surprised with the Sausage Roll especially when I have not had any luck with them from other places so far. It was not too greasy and the sausage filling was pretty tasty for once! Not as good as those I could get from the Belgium bakeries when I was living in the continent but not too bad. As for the Festive Bake, it was pleasant enough. Chucks of chicken and stuffing in white sauce with bits of bacon. The only possible complain I might have is it taste quite strongly of sage, to the extend that it might come across as antiseptic. You know, the Dettol taste? But it was only from a couple of bites. I’ll let it pass.

Gross out time! If Junk can do that to her baby toe, she definitely deserved to be elbowed no?? The pain…. oh the pain!!!

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Greggs
106 High Street
Ruislip
London HA4 8LS
01895 674 712

*Special Post* Omelette and Sausage Roll Breakfast – Bene Bene, Canary Wharf

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I was starving this morning as I did not bothered to make myself breakfast last night for this morning. As I have an hours commute to work via the trusty old tube, I usually make a sambo (sandwich for those not in the know) and eat it on the tube while I read a book, newspaper etc. Anyway, tummy was rumbling and since I’m in my Canary Wharf office, decided to check out Bene Bene’s 3 egg omelette I mentioned in my previous post.

For £3.50, you get to choose 3 fillings for your omelette. Choices include ham, cheese, onion, mushrooms, red pepper etc. I went with pork sausage, cheese and tomatoes. Figured that the omelette won’t fill me up, I added a sausage roll to my order. Total came up to $4.90, yes I was hungry and splurged *shame* 😦

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The volume of the breakfast hit the spot but the taste did not. I think the problem is that no milk is added to the omelette thus it’s not fluffy like a omelette should be. The cheese was close to tasteless and the huge slices of tomatoes just made the entire concoction soggy. The pork sausage was also pretty tasteless. The sausage roll was pretty vile as well. All pastry and tasteless pink pork mush.

Guess I wasted my money… Will try Kruger for breakfast next time!

Bene Bene
Canada Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 5AH
0207 515 0205