The Scotch Egg Challenge 2011

It’s an open invite to all who accept the challenge; pubs/ restaurants/ professionals alike…

Who makes the best Scotch Egg?

Following recent pitter-patter on Twitter, an event has snowballed into existence, hosted by us the Ship, Wandsworth on Tuesday 20th September from 7.30pm.

All entries must be confirmed before Thursday 15th September and all confirmed will be posted below, so we (and you) can keep track.

Entrants must submit 1 egg, although a batch of 10 or more of this egg will be required on the night, (this egg must be the one used by competitors on a current menu).

Condiments will be supplied although not included in the judging.

The egg will be judged on smell, taste, texture and appearance, and each will be marked out of five giving a total out of twenty.

We’re delighted to have a top notch panel of judges including Scotch Eggspert David Constable @davidjconstable, MiMi Aye of Meemalee’s Kitchen @Meemalee, MasterChef Winner 2009 and Chef Patron of the Wild Garlic, Mat Follas @MatKiwi and one of London’s finest food bloggers Chris Pople @ChrisPople, as well as a celebrity panellist… to be disclosed on the night.

Spectators/ tasters, there is no personal invite, all are welcome. If on twitter, spread the word using #ScotchEggChallenge, why not nominate your favourite pub, and drop us a tweet at @ShipWandsworth, it’s going to be a fab night.

Any questions or for further information- please just comment on this blog or contact @EmmaLDickinson.


The Ship, Wandsworth – @ShipWandsworth

The Alexandra, Wimbledon – @TheAlexSW19

The Drapers Arms, Islington – @DrapersArms

The Devonshire Arms, Chiswick – @DevonshirepubW4

Platform Bar and Restaurant, London Bridge – @PlatformSE1

The Lass o’Richmond Hill, Richmond – @lassorichmond

The Thatchers Arms, Essex – @ThatchersArms

Dhruv Baker – @DhruvBaker1

True Deli – @TrueDeli

The Lord Clyde, Islington

Chef Steven Acton and Lexi P (@FridayFoodClub’s recipe) – @Sebschef @Lexi_P

Nathan Richardson – @JewsRowBalcony

The Sands End, Fulham – @TheSandsEnd

Timmy’s Pies – @Timmys_Pies

Somerset Chef – @SomersetChef

Forman and Field – @FormanandField

Gobble Monkey – @GobbleMonkey

The Old Dairy, Stroud Green – @TheOldDairy1

Pipe Dream Restaurant, London – @pipedreamuk

The Bladebone Inn – @kirenpuri

The Harwood Arms – @HarwoodArms

Gusto and Relish, Barnes

Prince of Wales, Pub and Kitchen, Putney – @princeputney

The Stag, Hampstead

The Hind’s Head, Bray

Sean Lawson, Hills and Parkes Deli

The Five Bells, Colne Engaine

David Rose, BlueBicycleChef

The Bull and Last, Highgate – @thebullandlast

Fox and Anchor – @MeetMeAtTheFox

The Golden Lion, St James’

Laverstoke Park Farm, Twickenham

About shipwandsworth

On the banks of the Thames by Wandsworth Bridge, The Ship has been supplying fine ales, wines and food to its surrounding residents since 1786 when it was founded as a Thameside Waterman’s Inn.
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23 Responses to The Scotch Egg Challenge 2011

  1. Roland says:

    Did a feature on How to make the perfect Scotch Egg a while ago. Good to see it’s still up on the old Publican site.

    Duck eggs are key apparently. Looking forward to the Eggs Factor event!

  2. Richard Bartoletti says:

    Please could I apply, I am a chef in the Peacock pub St Albans.
    Cheers x

  3. David Carnell says:

    Are spectators going to get a chance to consume eggs, other than the Ship’s own?

    Could I volunteer as a taster? I am a man who has consumed many an egg from all over Britain and anyone you ask would vouch for my pork, egg and breadcrumb dedication.


    David “Another Egg?” Carnell

    • Hi David, all the businesses/ chefs taking part have been advised to submit ten eggs, so that one goes to the judges and the rest will be sliced up for spectators to sample. With nearly 30 entries, that’s just under 300 eggs for sampling so I think you should be covered. The Ship will also have an excess of eggs to purchase on the night should spectators want one to themselves. Looking forwrd to it. Emma

  4. Alex says:

    So who won then!?!??!

  5. Mike says:

    Goodness me, what a fine idea! Could we send one in? We’re home delivery not a pub, although we do have a restaurant too if that helps get us in the door… We love a Scotch egg and I’m sure our secret coating ingredient would do us proud ;)

    • Hi Mike, yes the competition is open to pubs/ restaurants and professionals/ caterers – so I think you’re definitely in. What’s the company name so I can add you to the list? Do you have a twitter account for further publicity? Our email is for more details. Emma

  6. Hi Emma,

    We would love to take part in this challenge, could you email more details?

    Mike :-)

  7. Rupert Shakespeare says:

    I would also like to apply if there’s still room. I’ll email more details to you direct.

    Looking forward to it

  8. Scrag says:

    Can individuals enter? I’ve been studying the art of scotch egg construction for years, but have never done so on a professional basis.

  9. Lucy says:

    We had a fab scotch egg at the fox and grapes on Wimbledon common. It was runny in the middle – how do they do that? A million miles from the supermarket shoeleather!

  10. Mark McCann says:

    How do I enter?

    Do I send you a recipe by post.

    Hope to speak soon

  11. Hello Emma,

    We are a delicatessen/traiteur in Barnes SW and make fabulous Scotch Eggs, we would like to take part in your challange

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  13. Paul Burrows says:

    Hang on. 34 competitors at 10 eggs each? Has anyone informed the Fire Brigade?

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  16. paul.a.Young says:

    Cant wait for this evenings Scotch egg fest. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there. My stomach is ready for a meaty eggy dinner – hopefully

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