The Scotch Egg Challenge 2012 Finalists

We’re both pleased and excited to announce the list of finalists in the Scotch Egg Challenge 2012, fixed for the evening of Tuesday 25th September. This year we were inundated with an overwhelming number of entries of the highest quality and it’s honestly been a real struggle to narrow it down even to this final 22. Without further ado, and in alphabetical order, here is the list of contestants:

The Bladebone Inn, Berkshire

The Bull and Last, Highgate

The Chelsea Ram

Cinnamon, Soho

The Coach and Horses, Clerkenwell

Cock Tavern, Fulham

The Drapers Arms, Islington

Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate

The Egg Boss (Sean Lawson)

Fino Restaurant

The George Inn, Chideock

The Harwood Arms, Fulham

The Hinds Head, Bray

The Jugged Hare, Chiswell Street

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

The New Inn, Baschurch

Opera Tavern, Covent Garden

Peyton and Byrne

Platform Bar and Restaurant

The Ship, Wandsworth

Thatched House, Hammersmith


The Waterside, Fulham

All the above will shortly receive an email from us with further details, but here’s a brief outline of what will happen on the night. Proceedings will kick off at 7pm. Each team will be assigned a fifteen-minute time slot in the kitchen, which must be strictly adhered to on the night to avoid a backlog. At any given time there will be three teams cooking in the kitchen and the turnaround will have to be swift. The time slots will be allocated at random. The judges will be seated in the restaurant but their view of the kitchen will be obscured so the tastings will be blind. Each team must produce twelve eggs – two for the judges and ten for the spectators. Only the eggs themselves will be judged. Relishes, sides and extras will not be taken into consideration so no need to bring them along unless you’d like to offer them to the crowd.

We are also happy to confirm that your compere for the evening will be the inimitable Melissa Cole, the highly-respected author and expert on all things beer-related. She’ll be keeping you thoroughly entertained and informed throughout the night as well as providing advice on matching beers to the different eggs.

If you have any further questions at this stage, drop Jo an email at or tweet her @elleryface.

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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