Mr Allard's (Stowupland)
- Pork Chipolata
We’ll be up
front about this review and come clean. This
should have been completed in 2015 when we
purchased the sausages from a stall at our
local Christmas food fair but what with all
the other foodie delights bought at the
time, the pack found it’s way in to the
freezer only to be discovered a month later
it seems! Excuses we know, but let’s hope a
short cold spell didn’t effect their
Mr Allard’s Farm
Butchery is located at Walnut Tree Farm,
Stowupland, Stowmarket, Suffolk which also
has a Farm Shop, Cafe and Post Office, now
open 7 days a week.
The farm produces
outdoor reared pork product from it’s own
herd of white cross pigs and has been
established for many years. We see from the
web site that all pigs are kept to the very
highest welfare standards and are regularly
inspected by a local vet to guarantee the
highest standards are met. The operation is
also Freedom Food accredited.
Sausages of many
flavours are available from the butchery but
we thought we would just try their plain
pork chipolatas to see if their pork was
indeed up to scratch!
Now having 65%
minimum meat content stated on the label
doesn’t excite enormously to be honest, but
it is a MINIMUM figure after all. From the
pack (see photo below) even with a freeze
and then carefully thawed, the colour and
condition retained looked very good. Infact
on opening the pack the sausages thankfully
didn’t show any effects of being frozen, and
what we liked was that they varied slightly
in length and breadth indicating to us that
they have been run off by hand.
So, cooked up.
I was hoping for
something special, but all we can say is
they were OK. The skins did brown well and
certainly held the contents together
adequately, and there was some snap too,
however they lacked the full “snappiness”
we’ve come to like with chipolatas. Yes
agreed we’re fussy I suppose, but having
tasted many, many examples, you get to like
what you like in a quality sausage, I
Texture-wise close to medium, with
a good succulence for a chipolata.
Taste-wise we thought that they could do
with a bit more pepper and nutmeg. In fact
they had a slight sweetness to them which
was good for me but others here said it was
not what they had expected.
£8/kg these are bordering on top end prices
for chipolatas. Yes OK chipolatas are more
expensive than regular “bangers” in general,
but we’d say they would be worth a purchase
if you were Stowmarket way.
that you’ll see this review as a downer on
Mr Allard’s Chipolatas, but please, we were
very happy with them in our sausage and mash
dinner and we’d buy them again if honest.
It’s just there are so many “everyday”
sausages out there, perhaps we need to try
some more of the other product from Walnut
Tree Farm to get a wider perspective.
Mr Allard's (Stowupland) - Pork
125x20mm before cooking, 120x20mm
38g before cooking, 32g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 4% & weight loss of approx
11 sausages in a 448g pack £3.61
Walnut Tree Farm,