Poor Herbie's  |  13  Waverly Place  |  Madison, NJ 07940  | Call for Reservation:  (973) 966-0211

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What Exactly is a "Banger"?

Poor Herbie's Bangers and Mash

This well known British pub fare is cherished by millions on both sides of the pond. It is a classic “pub grub” popular in the UK and Ireland.

But why do they call them “Bangers”?

As always, Wikipedia has an answer:

Although it is sometimes stated that the term "bangers" has its origins in World War II, the term was actually in use at least as far back as 1919. The term "bangers" is attributed (in common usage in the UK) to the fact that sausages made during World War I, when there were meat shortages, were made with such a high water content that were more liable to pop under high heat when cooked; modern sausages do not have this attribute.

You can read more about bangers and mash on wikipedia.

Bangers and mash were such a part of the fabric of everyday culture of the British Isles that Peter Sellers recorded a song about it with of all people, Sophia Loren (you can hear the song in the video below).

Our Bangers and Mash are served with peas and a stout demi glaze that’s sure to please the most discriminating palate. Be sure to give them a try the next time you visit Poor Herbie’s.

Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren sing about Bangers and Mash (1960)