Known for unpretentious traditional dishes done brilliantly, The Clifton Sausage has kindly shared the recipe for their slow roast belly of pork this #FoodFriday. 

The dish is currently on their weekend takeaway menu, alongside sausage and mash, burgers, Sunday roast lunches and desserts like sticky toffee pudding. It's the perfect comfort food for this time of year. 

Slow roast belly of Old Spot pork with apple and cider sauce from The Clifton Sausage

Slow roast belly of Old Spot pork with apple and cider sauce

Serves 6


1.5kg pork belly with the rind on – we use Old Spot but any nice quality pork from your butcher will be good
1 onion
1 carrot
1 stick celery
2 cloves garlic
Sprig of thyme
2 Bramley apples
100g golden granulated sugar
1 bottle good quality West country cider


Pre heat the oven to 170C.

Peel and roughly chop the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and scatter in a deep roasting tin along with the thyme. Season the meat side with salt and pepper and place the pork meat side down on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the top of your pork with a generous amount of salt and rub in – this will help with the crackling.

Add half the bottle of cider and 250ml water to the tin being careful not to get the top of the pork wet. Roast for two and a half to three hours checking that the skin is going crispy.

Remove from the tray and leave to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Put the tray onto the hob and gently stir the liquid and veg to get all the flavours into the gravy. Thicken with one teaspoon of cornflour soaked in water. Strain through a sieve into a saucepan and reserve for serving.

Peel, core and chop the apples and add to a saucepan along with the sugar and remaining cider. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes until all the apple is soft and broken down.

Carve the pork in thick slices and serve with the apple sauce, gravy, mash potatoes and braised red cabbage or some winter greens.

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The Clifton Sausage
The Clifton Sausage

A welcoming British food restaurant that specialises in fresh, local and seasonal dishes.