About the Scotch Eggs From Canham & soNS
With plentiful pastry available around Hove, I find myself mostly drawn to sausage rolls. The problem here is that I neglect the humble Scotch egg and I shouldn’t. When done properly, there’s something deeply satisfying about them. The crunchy outside and the meaty filling can be an utter delight, especially on days when the coastal wind whips through the many layers of clothes that you’re wearing. Having been out in that wind to complete Parkrun first thing, I felt in need of a treat. Thankfully, Canham & Sons were close by and open for business.
To complete this review, I have slightly adapted the Sausage Roll Rating Scale but in doing so, have found that many of the same measures apply to Scotch eggs.
Did it look appealing? Was it lovingly displayed?
There was plenty on display inside the shop window. Scotch eggs sat alongside pasties, sausage rolls and a range of sweet treats. One reason that I like Canham & Sons is that the prices are clear, displayed on tiny boards next to the baked goods. You can get served from the street, through a little hatch and the staff are always friendly.
How much did you pay? Did this offer value for money?
£2.50 for a large Scotch egg. This was excellent value, so maximum points here.
Was it carefully wrapped? Did it arrive home intact?
It arrived wrapped in a paper and plastic bag and made it home with a minimal amount of flaking. There was some grease transfer onto the bag but napkins were available on the counter.
Did it have a satisfying weight?
It had a deeply satisfying weight. I pretended to myself that I might just eat half but I knew that the whole thing would quickly disappear.
Was it warm and ready to eat or cold on arrival?
By the time I got it home, there was only a touch of residual warmth but this didn’t detract.
Was it crunchy and flaky?
The coating was delightful, crunchy, golden and flaky. I pressed my finger into the crumbs on the plate to pick them all up.
7. Quality of filling
Was the meat tightly packed? Was the egg properly cooked?
The filling was deliciously meaty and perfectly encased the egg. It wasn’t like a supermarket kind where the egg rattles around inside the outer layer.
Was the Scotch egg delicious and well-seasoned?
The addition of chilli was a revelation. It added a gentle heat that lingered long after I’d finished eating. I am a big fan of the sausages from Canham and Sons, the pork and black pepper being my favourite and this Scotch egg was equally well-seasoned.
Were you left satisfied?
I felt totally satisfied and enjoyed a warm, fuzzy feeling as I ate it in my armchair.
10. Bonus Points
Did anything warrant bonus points? Eg. a little pot of mustard or friendly service from the staff?
Bonus points for their excellent window displays that tempt me each time I walk past. I should take an alternative route home after running.
This is the first Scotch egg that I’ve reviewed but it won’t be the last. For now, find out how the score compares to the many sausage rolls that I’ve reviewed and rated.