It’s National Sausage Week! To celebrate this decadent annual occasion, I visited The Devonshire in Sheffield. The Devonshire is already renowned for it’s warming, home-made pies and sausages so it seemed the perfect place to get in the spirit of the occasion.
There was a decent range of sausages available combining a whirlwind of flavours and textures. Sausage flavours featured were beef, smoked paprika & red pepper; pork, leek & wensleydale; wild boar & chorizo; venison, rosemary and chilli; and a seitan option (for any vegans).
The sausage I opted for was the venison, rosemary and chilli. Served with mash, garden peas and a rich gravy, the ‘sausage of the day’ dish costs £9.50. Whilst waiting for my food, I couldn’t help but notice how inviting the place was. Everywhere was spotless, there was a brilliant indie playlist on in the background which fit the mood of the restaurant perfectly, the walls were filled with vintage memorabilia ranging from film posters to bar signs, and to top it off, the place was draped in fairy lights. It looked pretty spectacular.
On arrival, my food looked great. Actually, great is perhaps too weak of a word. It looked magical. You could tell that someone had actually spent a bit of time plating the dish up rather than just throwing it on as is. There was no sign of a drop of gravy or a spilled pea anywhere – only in their designated pots. It’s always a promising sign for a restaurant when their chefs actually care about, and put passion in to, their work.
The sausage tasted brilliant. I had never tried venison before this, but I’m damn sure I’ll have it again if this dish was anything to go by. I can’t lie, I have always been wary of sausages that weren’t made out of pork but The Devonshire has rectified my ignorance toward the equality of sausages. I think the only way to convey what this sausage was like is to say it was a ‘proper’ sausage. It was heavy. You could feel it filling you from the first bite. But there was something about it which made you keep going. The flavours were so rich and succulent that each bite lured you in more and more.
The accompanying gravy was equally as excellent. A thick syrup which complimented the meat exquisitely. Throw in some mash and peas and you’ve got a banger of a dish. There’s something about it which is simply just more special than your standard bangers & mash. This is a dish you can actually get excited about.
If sausage isn’t your thing, there is also the ‘pie of the day’ options including chicken, ham & leek; steak, ale, mushroom & thyme; and Moroccan inspired chickpea and aubergine (which is suitable for vegans). All pies are served with a choice of mash or chips and garden or mushy peas. Pies also cost £9.50.
If none of these tickles your fancy, they have an extensive menu which caters for all needs. Small bites range from £4.50-£12, sides £3-£4, sandwiches/wraps are £4.50-£8, mains weigh in at £8.50-£12.50, burgers are £8.95-£11.50 and salads cost £8 each (or you can mix your choice of three salads for £9).
P.S – if you’re not a massive sausage fan, it’s National Game Week next week (5th Nov – 11th Nov) and The Devonshire are also partaking in this event. Be sure to visit to try their take on game bird classics.
Anyone looking for more information on The Devonshire can visit their website at https://www.thedevonshiresheffield.co.uk/food-drink. The Devonshire can be found at 113-117 Devonshire St, Sheffield S3 7SB. Phone – 0114 276 6002. Open 11.30am – 12 am daily (til 3am on Friday/Saturday).