The Red Lion, in Barnes, London, will once again host the Great Sausage Roll Off on Wednesday (7th February), raising funds for hospitality charity Only a Pavement Away.

Mat Follas Sausage Roll Off
Last year’s winner Mat Follas with the Great Sausage Roll Off trophy

This year’s judges will be Simon Hulstone (of The Elephant), Jeremy Vine (presenter and journalist), Melissa Thompson (journalist and food writer), and Trevor Gulliver (co-founder, St John). Beer and food writer Melissa Cole will compère the event.

The competition will see entrants heading to The Red Lion to cook up their sausage rolls and present them to the panel of 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.

“Claire and I are really excited for 2024’s event,” said Angus McKean, general manager of The Red Lion. “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 UK, IO Shen Knives, and Netherton Foundry. Without their help, the Roll Off would not be possible.”

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