Its a lovely traditional looking pub and the menu looks great but we went for their pizzas. They make them from fresh - with dough made in house - in their wood fired pizza oven, imported from Italy. We had a table right near to the oven and I loved watching the chefs 'throwing' the dough around before adding your chosen toppings and sliding the pizza into the oven.
The nice thing about eating pizza in a group is that you can all share. We cut each pizza into quarters so that we could try all four flavours. Between us we had the following:
- The Bordeaux: Wild boar salami, bacon, roasted potatoes, red onion, mozzarella, sour cream, Bulls Head tomato sauce, garlic oil and chives.
- The Geneva: Pepperoni slices, crispy bacon, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted peppers, red onion, Bulls Head tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh parsley.
- The Mumbai: Moroccan spiced marinaded chicken, aubergine, herbed yoghurt, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, mozzarella and fresh parsley.
- The Boston: Home grown Gloucestershire old spot pulled pork shoulder, bacon, sliced peppers, red onion, Cajun spices, sliced tomatoes, Bulls Head tomato sauce, BBQ sauce and mozzarella.
The only real criticisms I have are that the pizzas are not really authentic - well in terms of toppings at least. There is a whole range of flavours, all of them with seemingly random country based names, some complex and some surprising. For example, The Mumbai has chicken marinaded in Moroccan spices, aubergine, minted yoghurt, feta cheese....and The Hong Kong with spicy chilli beef, black bean sauce, mushrooms, peppers and more! I think if you can throw ideas of authenticity out of your head and embrace the crazy toppings you'll enjoy your pizza. I mean come on, we can't be serious all the time can we?!
Its a really clever idea to bring the wood fired oven into the pub - something different for what is essentially a village pub (albeit a nice one). This is something I've occasionally seen in pubs but not too often around the East Midlands so well done to you guys! Love it!