FLOUR & ASH (Restaurant review, Bristol)

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I’ve heard great things about Flour & Ash… great pizza, great ice-cream, simple principles yet exquisitely executed. And they’ve just opened a second location a 5 minute walk from my house. Excited to try? I think so.

Bearing in mind these guys work from only a wood-fired oven and a tiny fryer, the quality of food they produce is pretty impressive. They use sourdough bases made from local Shipton Mill flour and they rely on seasonality of ingredients and local produce for their creations. Although they only opened their first restaurant in 2014, Flour & Ash have already been awarded ‘Best Pizza in Bristol’ by the Bristol Good Food Awards 2015, as well as ‘Local Gem of the Year’ in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016.

I like the fact that they keep the menu simple. Pizza for main; ice-cream for dessert. I was worried I might fancy a slightly more filling dessert, but after the quantity of pizza you find yourself eating for main, ice-cream was actually the perfect palate cleanser.

The menu included a range of ‘classic’ toppings on tomato sauce, or you could choose from the ‘no tomato sauce’ section, including leak and pancetta or ox cheek and red wine ragu. I went for the ox cheek ragu as I’d read good things online about it. I didn’t miss the tomato sauce in the slightest; I still had the enjoyment of eating a pizza, but the savouriness of the ox cheek and the rich béchamel sauce provided a delicious contrast against the soft sourdough base. This was without a doubt one of the best pizzas I’ve had and I will definitely be coming back for more!

I also thoroughly recommend their truffled polenta chips with Grana Padano. We shared four chips between two of us and that was plenty. They’re not like normal chips; they’re much thicker, extremely crispy and richly flavoured with truffle and cheese. What a find! For dessert, we had chocolate ice-cream and blackberry sorbet. The perfect end to a brilliant meal. Flour & Ash, you’re onto a winner here.

So, to satisfy your pizzas cravings, you can visit either their restaurant on Cheltenham Road or their most recently opened venue in Westbury-on-Trym (in the former location of Casamia).

You can find Flour & Ash on Twitter @flourandash or online at www.flourandash.co.uk



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