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Robin's Recipes: Old Ale Sausage Rolls

In the good old days, the first Thursday in December was late night shopping in Lewes, staff worked 7am - 9pm fuelled by a mix of adrenaline, Old Ale, Christmas Ale and the amazing sausage rolls made by the lovely Shirley Buxton. Here is Robin's take on her recipe. 

Sausage Mixture: 

  • 1lb Sausage Meat 
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 Bramley Apple, finely chopped 
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tsp Mustard 
  • A handful of mixed chopped parsley, thyme, rosemary 
  • Sea salt and black pepper 


  • 8oz Flour 
  • 4oz Butter 
  • 1-2 Tbsp Old Ale 
  • Beaten egg to glaze 


  1. Rub flour and butter together to make a fine crumb, add Old Ale to make a stiff pastry. Pop in the fridge. 
  2. Mix all sausage meat ingredients. 
  3. Roll pastry into two rectangles. 
  4. Divide sausage mix in to two sausages, in pastry, form two long sausage rolls, sticking the overlap with egg mix. Cut into inch lengths, insert knife into top. 
  5. Bake gas mark 6 in a preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes in a greased tray. 
  6. Place on a wire rack to cool. 

Enjoy hot or cold with a glass or two of Harvey's Old Ale. 

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