A classic English bottled sauce from the 19th century, when strongly flavoured sauces were used to hide a multitude of sins. It's a thin, spicy, dark-brown fermented sauce made from a variety of ingredients including anchovies, shallots, garlic, soy sauce, tamarind, salt and vinegar, which is then left to age in barrels.
Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so is not suitable for vegetarians. Alternatives with a similar taste are available.
The final sauce has a spicy, concentrated flavour, so you only need a dash. It can be used to give a little boost to meat stews and casseroles, pies, soups, sauces and marinades. Sprinkle it over sausages, steaks, chops and toasted cheese or use it in drinks such as a classic Bloody Mary.