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12th February 2024

Alan Paton wins the Great Sausage Roll Off 2024

Press release: 9 February 2024

The Red Lion in Barnes is delighted to announce that Alan ‘Sir Porketeer’ Paton won this year’s Great Sausage Roll Off – an annual competition to find the best sausage roll.

Hosted by The Red Lion’s Managers, Angus McKean and Claire Morgan, £5,000 was raised on the night for Only a Pavement Away through tickets and sausage roll sales.

Seventeen chefs, including The Red Lion’s own Angus McKean, cooked up their savoury treats and served them to the panel of esteemed judges – and the pastry loving audience.

As always, competitors descended on Barnes from all over the UK to showcase their wonderful and wacky creations. The entries comprised a vast range of flavours and ingredients – from pig cheek wrapped in croissant dough to harissa lamb with yoghurt dip.

Alan’s winning creation was a Suffolk Duroc pork and black pudding Battenburg with Yorkshire rhubarb curd. While second place went to Alec ‘The Weeping Chef’ Tomasso – for his handmade pig cheek cotechino sausage with croissant dough, crackling and tomato sauce powder, served with basil and spicy pepper sauce. And third place went to Kat Dima, Head Baker of The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum, for The Kilted Wonder – a pork and haggis sausage roll served with spicy ketchup.

This year’s judges were Simon Hulstone [The Elephant]; Jeremy Vine [presenter and journalist]; Melissa Thompson [journalist and food writer]; and Trevor Gulliver [co-founder, St John] – with Melissa Cole [beer and food writer] compèring the event.

Winner, Alan Paton, said: “I’m delighted to have won this year’s Roll Off. It’s such a great event and it’s an honour to spend time with my culinary companions – trying their creations and hearing their stories. This trophy will be displayed proudly – for all to see.”

Angus McKean, Manager of The Red Lion, said: “Once again, the Great Sausage Roll Off was a fantastic event. The level of skill these chefs have is incredible and the passion that emanates out of all of them created an electric atmosphere – in the kitchen and for our audience.

“The judges had a difficult job to pick a winner. The calibre was so high – each entry was a delicious sausage roll delight. Thank you to everyone who entered and to the excellent panel of judges. A big thanks to everyone who joined us on the night, too. We raised £5,000 for Only a Pavement Away – a charity that’s close to all our hearts in the hospitality sector.”



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For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074   

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC is the premium pubs and hotels business that is famous for beautiful and inviting pubs with delicious fresh food, a vibrant and interesting range of drinks, and engaging service from passionate people. Our purpose in life is to create experiences that nourish the soul. Fuller’s has 182 managed businesses, with 1,015 boutique bedrooms, and 188 Tenanted Inns. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 163 locations within the M25. Our Managed Pubs and Hotels include Cotswold Inns & Hotels – seven stunning hotels in the Cotswolds, and Bel & The Dragon – six exquisite modern English inns located in the Home Counties. In summary, Fuller’s is the home of great pubs, outstanding hospitality and passionate people, where everyone is welcome and leaves that little bit happier than they arrived.

For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074  

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