I adore pizza. The simplicity of a bread base with a simple topping is a culinary delight I have enjoyed across the World. But since moving to the countryside I am often forced to put my pizza principles to one side and force down a mediocre margarita while dreaming of thin and crispy soughdough base with a sharp tomato sauce, blackened edges and a little bit of something salty on it (a fleck of ham, an anchovy or two perhaps) all washed down with a bottle of a cold and fizzy beer in a conveniently hand sized bottle. Well, you can imagine my surprise when I was invited out for supper last Saturday to a trendy new pizza restaurant in Warwick called Dough & Brew that served me the perfect pizza in uber cool surroundings. Born from a street food van called The Spectacular Goat, Dough & Brew opened it’s doors in summer 2016. Serving wood fired sough dough pizza and beer by night and brunches and coffee by day. What did I do to deserve a place that serves hundreds of beers and an inventive and tasty selection of pizzas?
Who better to spend an evening of pizza and beer with than a pizza loving Londoner and a beer swigging New Zealander? Luckily Mrs Clarke’s friend J. and her fiancee J. are those very people. Oh my god this is just like Pizza Pilgrims. Forget the Waitrose effect, property prices go through the roof if a trendy pizzeria opens nearby. J. is a girl after my own heart as she appreciates great food and talks house prices. J. (the male variety) got stuck into the beer menu and ordered a Church Farm IPA and nodded in approval. I opted for the Camden Hells Lager in homage to my North London roots while I looked around the pared back, hipster interior with exposed light bulbs, scaffolding planks and beautiful staff with piercings and rock t-shirts. The setting is bang on trend and sets the relaxed atmosphere you want as the anecdote to stuffy, provincial restaurants. The owner was charming but not overbearing, the music was cool but not loud and every aspect tried but not too hard.
The his and hers menu theme was ideal for us so I went for a Mork (macaroni cheese and roasted bacon), as opposed to the Mindy that was without meat, J & J opted for two Sir Winstons and Mrs Clake chose an aptly named Clark. The service was impeccable, not to quick that we couldn’t catch up on the gossip but not too slow that would have forced me to drink too much. The pizzas were light, puffy edible plates with meals on top of them. My double carb loaded Mork was creamy and cheesy with a sweet hit of bacon. The blue cheese on the Sir Winston was salty and required the BBQ sauce that was placed on the side as if the waitress knew what was needed. Clark was a meat lovers paradise and after much pizza trading we managed to try a little of each. The girls were pleased with the house wine and J & I managed to get through some Purity brewed UBU, 13 Barrels and a couple more Church Farm offerings, but we promised to head back with more beer loving men to get through the rest of the list.
An utter triumph in pizza, beer, atmosphere and not a hint of mediocrity.
Dough & Brew, Warwick.