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Eggsploring: The Scotch Egg (Blue Tomato)

Scotch Egg

A piece I wrote for Blue Tomato (written before the #ScotchEggChallenge):

“What snack has travelled more in life than the Scotch egg? The golden orb with breadcrumb casing, thick sausage meat and a pearl of an egg at the centre is staging an almighty comeback, moving from M&S to Michelin.”

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Scotch Egg Challenge Winner Announced

Following huge demand on Twitter, on the 20th September a number of restaurateurs, publicans, foodies, journalists and bloggers from London and beyond gathered at The Ship in Wandsworth with only one thing on their mind: the #ScotchEggChallenge.

I’ve been working with Osh and the team at The Ship for months to organize this event and we finally pulled it off, with coverage help from The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Time Out and the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. There were 36 entries and Scotch eggs from small marble-sized to some the size of a heavyweight boxer’s fist. They were gold coloured, caramel, aurulent, chestnut, burnt sienna, black, ochre, toast and even pink.

A panel of five judges included 2009 Masterchef winner Mat Follas of Wild Garlic restaurant in Dorset, leading food bloggers Chris Pople and MiMi Aye, owner and chef of CakeBoy Eric Lanlard and myself. Eggs were rated on their Appearance, Smell, Texture and Taste with full marks being a score out of 20.

After 4 hours, 36 Scotch eggs (and 6 pints for me), a winner emerged, as well as a runner-up, an award for ‘Best Non-Retail Scotch egg’ and the ‘Forever Eggsploring Award for Gourmet Version’. Here are the winners:

Best Overall Scotch egg: The Devonshire Arms (@devonshirepubW4)

Best Non-Retail Scotch egg: The Friday Food Club (@FridayFoodClub)

Forever Eggsploring Award: The Hinds Head (@HindsHeadBray)


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The Alexandra

If there’s a chef in London with a better repuation for Scotch eggs than The Alexandra’s Dave Ahern, then show him to me.

After a successful period at fellow Young’s pub The Ship in Wandsworth, Dave took over the reigns in the kitchen at The Alexandra in Wimbledon. His Scotch eggs on the menu are titled: ‘Dave’s special recipe with HP sauce’, and are made using black pudding breadcrumbs from Clonakilty in Ireland.

They’re beefy morsals with a wide rim of warm sausage meat holding a creamy egg with sunshine yolk. The black breadcrumbs have a deep crunch and Dave admits that even if a little burnt it improves the bite.

There’s a real battle on for the first Scotch Egg Challenge later in the month and The Alexandra’s entry is going to be a geniune contender.

Price: £3.75
Overall: 5/5

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Down the cakehole: Scotch eggs

Having started out rather by accident on Twitter, there is a competition fast gathering momentum in London.

On September 20, London’s first #ScotchEggChallenge will take place at The Ship pub in Wandsworth from 7.30pm (theship.co.uk).

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Young’s pub holds Scotch egg challenge

Top Young’s gastropub The Ship at Wandsworth is hosting a contest to find out the pub that makes the best Scotch egg in London.

At last count, 22 entrants had been confirmed, including The Drapers Arms in Islington, The Devonshire Arms in Chiswick and The Bull and Last in Highgate.

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