Friday, 1 January 2016

Local Eat Treats #25 Sausage Surprise at The Railway

The Railway is known for its sausages; well actually it’s not just known for them, they’re award winning. There are thirteen types of sausage to choose from, along with a choice of hand-cut chips or various types of mash and gravies.

We went to The Railway after a long afternoon exposed to the elements, and were so happy to walk into a really warm and welcoming place, serving mulled wine and cider – by the tankard I’ll add!

We chose to skip starters, because I knew the mains wouldn’t leave us hungry (although I was very tempted by one or two of them). So, I know you’re going to think I’m strange, but in this award winning sausage kitchen, I went for the erm…Beer Battered Cod & Chips with a side of Peas. I have my reasons. I had visited a month or so previously and the person next to me ordered this and had I known them (at all) I’d have reached over and started feeding myself with their dinner because it looked so freakin’ lush!

Because of my choice, Kingsley felt he really needed to order from the sausage menu, seeing as it’s a sausage kitchen and all. Not being able to make a choice, Kingsley asked if he could try two different sausages and so ordered the Greenwich Smokey and the Duck & Cognac along with Sweet Potato Mash and Pork, Sage & Cider Gravy. He also ordered a side of Hand Cut Chips – because I’d told him about how good they looked on my last visit, and also told him I wouldn’t be sharing any of mine!

Our food arrived and well, I really didn’t want to have to wait for us to take pretty photos! I just wanted to dive straight in. But wait I did, very patiently, very patiently indeed.

I am going to make a statement now, and it really is quite a statement: Those fish and chips were THE best fish and chips I have ever had. The batter was light and crisp and the fish was so delicate and fresh. Now, those much talked about chips: I need to know their secret. Are they twice or thrice cooked? Surely, they have to be. They are bloody good. Mine was served with a pot of smooth tartar sauce, which along with every single last bit of fish, chips and peas, was polished off by me, myself and I – despite the very generous portion.

Kingsley wasn’t in the sharing mood either so I only got to try a little bit of one of his sausage’s, I chose to have a bite of The Greenwich Smokey which was fabulous – and the first ever smoked sausage I’ve tried. According to Kingsley, the Duck & Cognac sausage was great too, but I’m afraid all I was told by him was ‘it tastes like duck pancakes’, so I can’t give you any more information than that!

We should have, and could have ordered a dessert to share at this point, but we forgot sharing was even an option and went for Handmade Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice cream. The Chocolate Brownie was a bit too cakey for me, I would have liked it a bit more fudgy, but the Cheesecake which was a chocolate orange flavour, won the dessert contest hands down; the cheese layer was mahoosive (yep, that’s a proper descriptive word), light and airy.

We had such a friendly welcome at The Railway and although it’s known for its sausages, I don’t think it’ll be long before they’re winning awards for their fish and chips too!


  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review, much appreciated! - Naomi, head chef @ the railway. :-)

    1. And so...what is the secret with your chips?!