We celebrated my birthday last night at The Sausage Emporium and it was certainly a birthday meal to remember!
I met the owners, John and Briony, a year or so ago through my previous job, and they're so lovingly eccentric that when they told me they were opening a restaurant dedicated to sausages, I knew I had to try it out ASAP!
We have visited a few times now and it just keeps getting better and better! The food is absolutely delicious, there's every flavour of sausage you could possibly imagine - black pudding, Wylam ale, Thai, onion bhaji, chilli, cider, giant loaded hotdogs, too many to name! Of course, we both chose the beetroot-based veggie 'dog loaded with fried onions, cheese, and sweet potato wedges, absolutely delicious!
I booked our table online last week and mentioned it was my birthday, for no other reason than I was booking for a Friday night and thought if it was fully booked they might be able to squeeze us in anyway since it was a special occasion. I certainly wasn't expecting any special treatment!
When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely Briony and the Emporium's very cute resident sausage dog Hannah who is the inspiration behind the whole place. The Emporium itself is awesome, it's built into a railway arch so the huge ceiling is curved, there's astro turf on the walls, custom artwork showing local landmarks, colourful tables and chairs, and there's even custom made Hannah-covered wallpaper in the toilets!
We went for a shared cheese soufflé type starter (which was so irresistible that I didn't even get a chance to take a photo of it before it was gone..!). This was no ordinary serving of soufflé though, this soufflé had birthday candles and came with a choir of staff singing Happy Birthday to me!
Our veggie 'dog main course was next, again this was served with candles, and this time I knew it was on it's way as I heard another chorus of Happy Birthday as the staff carried it upstairs to our table!
After our main, John and Briony offered us a glass of prosecco each, or a special shared dessert as a birthday gift which was a really lovely gesture! Since the food is always so yummy, I jumped at the chance of dessert even though I was almost at bursting point! My waistline instantly regretted this choice, but our taste-buds thanked us, IT WAS AMAZING. Rather than just one dessert, we were served a custom dessert platter. There was apple and cinder toffee rice pudding, lemon custard and meringue, and honeycomb crusted cake wedge. All homemade, all incredible! And guess what else it what served with..... birthday candles and singing!
I can honestly say I've never blown out as many candles in one sitting as I did last night! Such a great effort by all the staff, and certainly a birthday to remember! Thanks guys, we'll be back very soon!!