Hockings (Ongar) -
Still " the
little shop with a big reputation" it would
appear from my clients that live nearby in
Chipping Ongar. We visited the shop
and it's friendly owner Chris way back in
2013, so I called in again whilst out and
about to see what window display he had
installed this time...and to refresh our
views on the very good Hocking's Porks.
When we were last at the shop the display
was a seaside scene complete with sand,
miniature people, deck chairs and beach
huts...the Christmas following it was a
miniature railway scene depicting the Epping
Ongar railway possibly...and this week it's
an airfield around WW2 time, with miniature
aircraft, airmen and vehicles, probably
North Weald as it's not far away, mind you
neither is Matching Green! Hockings is
known locally for it's detailed window
displays and the local town competitions!
So when Chris isn't in the window of the
shop being creative he is no doubt out back
with the hand cranked sausage stuffer being
creative there too. The Hockings shop
is still open 7 days a week so we think
Chris may be a workaholic! For certain
he is still very secretive about the sausage
recipe. In the raw the porks do look
very good. Well filled quality natural
skins and with "at least" 70% meat we are
Cooked up they've a light(ish) texture, with
a soft(ish) bite and a mild but individual
flavour, which on first impression is what
you might say was simply OK, but after a
couple of bites in our test sandwiches,
we're talking a blooming good sausage here.
Visiting Hockings of Ongar yet again was a breath of
fresh air...and the experience oozed
nostalgia of the old traditional customer
friendly way butchers shops used to be.
Nice people who actually want your custom,
and good produce too!!
Hockings (Ongar) - Pork
2013 / Jun 2017)
100x30mm before cooking, 95x30mm
75g before cooking, 65g after.
That's a shrinkage of 5% & weight
loss of approx 13%.
8 loose sausages £3.79 (approx
121 High Street