The Clifton Sausage - Bath Food Review
Posted on: 2017-04-21
Classic British dishes, top quality range of sausages and stunning views of Bath
After becoming successful in Bristol, The Clifton Sausage opened in the centre of Bath at the end of last year to replicate its much-loved foodie formula. Classic British dishes, top quality sausages (including vegetarian options) and fabulous presentation all add up to make The Clifton Sausage the popular and unique restaurant it has become. This is what we thought when we had a three course meal there:
Located near to Milsom Street, The Clifton Sausage is in a restaurant hub, near to other popular restaurants such as Piattino, Bistrot Pierre and Wagamama. We encountered a warm welcome by the staff and were seated in a lovely area the other side of the building with views looking over Bath’s skyline. There is outdoor seating, so we made a mental note to come back on a summer’s evening to take advantage of that stunning view.
Of course we were eager to try their famous quality sausages and see if the taste really exceeded that of sausages you can buy in the supermarket. Firstly we went for a light starter from the set dinner menu, a salad consisting of pickled vegetables, sun blushed tomatoes, mixed leaves, roast pine nuts and goats cheese. The main courses, as we later found out, are huge and very filling, so we would definitely advise getting this salad if you are going to opt for a starter. The salad was lovely, it had lots of goats cheese and was tastier than expected.
The dishes on the specials menu change daily but there is also the set menu which offers 2 courses for £10.95 or 3 courses for £12.95, all night Sunday to Thursday or between 6pm and 7pm Friday to Saturday. For the main course I chose the special of pork, leek and blue cheese sausage as a toad in the hole with mash (£11.45). The mash is included as part of a toad in the hole meal, which we were surprised about because we would have expected it to be an added extra. It’s fantastic value, especially as you get three sausages on your plate, and onion gravy. The blue cheese wasn’t too strong, but it was just enough to taste. They house several mash varieties, and one that they had on this day was apple and cheddar. It was divine, as the gooey cheddar cheese mixed perfectly with the mash and had a hint of apple flavour.
My dining partner chose one of the classic meals from the main menu. She had the Cotswold lamb, mint and apricot sausage served in a toad in the hole with mash (£11.45). We both found the huge Yorkshire pudding to be so delicious, it wasn’t burnt, it was cooked perfectly and had that distinctive pastry taste to it. The flavour of the mint in the lamb sausage was strong, and we could genuinely taste the quality of the meat itself. They're nothing like the sausages that are factory made and sold in the supermarkets, these are made with fresh ingredients from British and local suppliers. It’s simple food made special, and we thoroughly enjoyed every part of our meals.
For dessert we tried the rhubarb compote with homemade custard and shortbread (part of the set dinner menu offer). It didn’t live up to my expectations, as there wasn’t enough custard for my liking (I am somewhat of a custard fanatic), and the compote made the custard quite watery. But what we would highly recommend is opting for the chocolate and salted caramel brownie. It must be homemade because it was one of the best brownies I’ve ever had. So rich, so gooey, and full of chunks of salted caramel. It’s served with peanut butter ice cream and we couldn’t finish it all off because it was that rich. Although £6.50 is quite pricey for a dessert, it is completely deserving of this price tag.
The beautiful modern decor makes it feel like you're in a 5 star restaurant, and seeing as you get delicious well-presented food here without a 5 star price tag, we think it's one of the best restaurants in Bath.
Born in Bath, Safia has lived on the outskirts of the city her whole life. After studying journalism in Bristol she now spends a lot of her time searching for new things to see in Bath and soaking up the beautiful culture. You're most likely to find her sipping a soya latte in a lovely little independent cafe! Call Safia on 07468 516375 or email editor@365Bath.com.