Bungay is an attractive and thriving market town situated in a loop of the beautiful river Waveney which straddles the Norfolk/Suffolk border.  It has many individual and specialist shops, some of which have been established for generations.  As it’s a mere ten minutes motorbike ride from me I took the opportunity to go undercover to find the best sausages on offer from the town’s three independent butchers.

Bairds (£3.00lb approx), Lyalls (£3.20lb) and John Groom (£2.71lb) are all based in the town or on the outskirts.  In each butcher I bought original or “plain” pork sausages to allow for a fair comparison.  I also enlisted the help of some family members to get some extra opinions.  I hope our friends over at Rate My Sausage like our scientific approach to this one.  In order to make the process even more fair I hid the butcher’s names and we referred to the sausages as A, B or C.

On raw appearances I had a clear winner in mind as two of the trio were a bit wet and this was reflected in the shrinkage on cooking.  However, regular readers will know we are all about the taste and when cooked the field looked very different.

The votes were counted and the winner was sausage A.

The final test was a big breakfast the following day:

Sausage A, B and C were sampled here again and sausage A still edged in as the winner.

Bairds – Undercover sausage winner!