Rare breed: Yes
110 Holland Park Avenue
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Its been said before, but how much truth there is in the adage that you cannot find a decent sausage in London. When out and about at the weekend, I become frustrated - even depressed - by the frankly pathetic array of small, ugly specimens on display at the many inner city meat markets. Well praise be for C. Lidgates in trendy Holland Park, where the sausage offering, when I visited last month, was standing proud to greet me.
What immediately takes you is the freshness of the approach. First off, the meat is entirely naturally presented - not for Lidgate the crumply plastic wrapping. Then, of course, the all-important stuffing: succulent, sweet and almost consistently complimentary to the meat in question, without being overly fussy or orthodox - bung it all in and see what happens seems to be the method and there is something wholesome and quite refreshing about this laissez-faire approach.
I was a little disappointed by the size of some of the sausages - a little smaller than I would like - not unusual I suppose, but certainly nothing to write home about. Two Lidgates bangers inside you will satisfy the average of appetites but those of us after a bit more, may be a little underwhelmed. That said, what they lack in length, they make up for in sheer succulence - and we must not forget that girth is important too and Lidgate have that one in the bag.
I have yet to find anywhere else in London that I could recommend more. Lets make no bones about this: they are pricey but you''re paying for quality - the meat is juicy and bulging, the accompanying spice almost always complimentary and I have seen the same faces in the line at weekends - they come out beaming and, like me, I can only assume they too think Lidgates sausage a cut above the rest.
I like Lidgates but there is one of their staff who is very scruffy and I dread being served by him. So much so that I have stopped going there. I think they either need to ask him to clean up or give him another job not in the main shop. The meat and sausages etc. are very expensive but better than what you can find elsewhere.
Whenever I travel to the UK, I always manage a vistit to Lidgates. The selection and quality is outstanding. You may pay for it, but they certainly deliver.
PC, Denia, Spain
I frequently travel south to get a peak at a Lidgate''s sausage. Succulent, wholesome and oh-so satisfying. Cheap? Certainly not but you get what you pay for and when it comes to quality, Lidgates stop at nothing.
Fabulous meat, outstanding knowledgable staff.
As someone who used to work in Lidgates I really cannot see what the fuss is about. I think that subconciously people believe that if they pay more it tastes better. We used to get anything we liked free for lunch (the sausages, pies, chops, chicken legs etc) and I tried them all (except the pies as all the old meat went into these) but found nothing special.