But, a few weeks ago I revisited Flour and Ash in Bristol. And their wood-fired sourdough pizzas were still just as awesome as on my first visit. So it seems like an opportune time to dust off the old post with a few updates.
When I visited the first time, I kicked off with crisp slivers of salty cotechino sausage (£5.50) perched atop earthy stock-rich lentils and a dollop of sweet apple sauce.
On my second visit, luxuriously creamy burrata (£5) combined with sweet roast pears, a good drizzle of honey and hazelnut dukkah spiked with aromatic cumin seeds.
Creamy mozzarella, meaty portobello mushrooms, light tomato sauce, metallic basil and thick cut roast ham (£13.50) was a well executed, classic combination of flavours.
One of the finest pizzas (£14) I’ve ever eaten was topped with deep, deep unctuous ox cheek and red wine ragu, an indulgent silky bechamel and salty grana padano. It was so good that I ordered it on my second visit too.
An ’nduja marmalade topped pizza (£13) was ferociously spicy. The unctuous sausage was cannily paired with a plump egg and pieces of richness balancing cavolo nero.
A side of fresh mooli shavings (£3), creamy and salty feta, and fiery slices of bird's eye chilli was a prince among side salads.
For dessert, Flour & Ash offer a selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets (£3 a scoop). They’re almost as special as the pizzas.
Chocolate was indulgent but not to sweet with a good level of bitterness. A creamy lemon variety was flecked with buttery and tangy globs of lemon curd.
On the drinks front, beers from Wiper & True and Arbor were top drawer – Bristol’s breweries are really smashing it out of the park.
Flour & Ash was exceptional on both of my visits. And, they do a pre-6.30pm deal where you can have any pizza for £9. I'd recommend checking it out.
Address - Flour & Ash, 203b Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QX
Telephone - 0117 908 3228