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1st February 2024

The Great Sausage Roll Off 2024

Honouring the humble sausage roll

Press release: 31 January 2024

The Red Lion in Barnes is delighted to announce that the Great Sausage Roll Off will be taking place on Wednesday 7 February 2024 – raising money for Only a Pavement Away. Every year, managers of The Red Lion, Angus McKean and Claire Morgan, host their iconic chefs’ competition in a continued quest to find the best sausage roll in the land.

Previous years have seen culinary stars join the judging panel and this year will be no different. This year’s judges will be 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 & food writer] compèring the event.

The competition will see entrants heading to The Red Lion on the night to cook up their sausage rolls and present them to the panel of esteemed judges and the general public. Tickets are available for the event – for those wanting to catch the judging action and the opportunity to purchase samples of the sausage roll entries. Ticket and sausage roll sales will go to Only a Pavement Away – a charity that connects employers with people facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans to help overcome hurdles by finding jobs within the hospitality industry.

Angus McKean, General Manager of The Red Lion, said: “Claire and I are really excited for 2024’s event. We started Roll Off as a bit of fun over 10 years ago and it’s been a success ever since – with entrants from all over the country and sausage roll fans travelling for a chance to try the pastry delights. 

“As well as being a chance for chefs to exhibit their savoury creations, the Great Sausage Roll Off has become a charity fundraiser. Only a Pavement Away is a fantastic charity that’s close to our hearts and many others within the hospitality industry.

“We have also had some valuable support and formed some very special relationships as a result of our brainchild – with some special mentions to Rational UKIO Shen Knives, and Netherton Foundry. Without their help, the Roll Off would not be possible.

“So come and join us for a night of fun, fundraising and, of course, sausage rolls – it really is a spectacular event.”



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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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