One of the good things about traveling is when you have ‘inside knowledge’ from a local. A good friend of mine prepared me well before arriving at ‘The Lakes District’ in England and some of the treasures it held.
First on our list was the ‘Cumberland Sausage’. I researched just to make sure I knew exactly what this is. Unfortunately ‘Wikipedia’ was my best source of information so as unreliable as it can be, here’s a bit of background if you want to check it out.
In short, it is a season chopped (not minced) pork sausage that originated in Cumberland, and are long and coiled. Importantly, much like ‘Champagne’, In March 2011, the “Traditional Cumberland sausage” was granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). “To display the PGI mark, the sausage must be produced, processed and prepared in Cumbria and have a meat content of at least 80%. It must include seasoning and be sold in a long coil.”
In planning our itinerary I came across a local visitor centre claiming to have the Cumberland Sausage on their menu. When we arrived they had a breakfast menu (that we had missed) with ‘Cumberland Sausage’ and another sausage dish on the regular menu. I queried if the sausage on offer was in fact the ‘traditional coiled’ version and the young lady disappeared to ask the chef, returning to reassure me that it was. There were many other yummy-looking items on the menu, I was only choosing the snag on my strict instructions as a ‘must do’.
After a lengthy 45 minutes, along came my long-awaited Cumberland Sausage …or not! Epic fail miss service girl. All this time, asked specifically, ended up with a hot-dog style lunch. Whilst it was an organic pork sausage there was no ‘coil’. It was a tasty sausage, but I was bitterly disappointed that it wasn’t what I had been looking for. We were already behind schedule thanks to car problems, leisurely country drivers and slow food service, so I downed my sausage and ‘let it go’ and went on my way.
Fortunately our gracious hosts had a ridgy-didge genuine bona-fide Cumberland sausage in the freezer at home that she gave me to cook up the following day, so not all was lost, I got one in the end : )