- June 11, 2012 -
Street food truck the Great British Pizza Company open their first permanent site on Margate’s Harbour Arm this Friday (15th June 2012), which boasts the Turner Contemporary as its neighbour.
The Great British Pizza Company started out life in the back of a truck. Well, a 1974 Volkswagen Campervan, to be specific. Touring farmers’ markets, festivals and events since March of this year, the pair behind the mobile wood-fired pizza company have decided to put down roots in up-and-coming seaside town Margate.
Margate, chosen as one of Mary Portas’s 12 Pilot Towns, boasts a growing Old Town filled with independently-owned boutiques and cafés, as well as artists’ studios and gallery spaces. Currently hosting hometown girl Tracey Emin’s first ever Margate exhibition in the stunning new Turner Contemporary, this classic British seaside town is on the up.
The Great British Pizza Company cooks delicious wood-fired pizzas (in just two minutes) using fresh, local ingredients, homemade dough and a homemade, slow-cooked tomato sauce. Neopolitan in style (with a thin, crispy base and bubbling crust), the pizzas have been a hit at festivals and food events since March of this year.
Now with a base (excuse the pizza pun) in Margate and with a branch in Bath soon to open up (where the team there will be focusing on events, weddings, festivals and farmers’ markets), the Great British Pizza Company is growing fast.
Inspired by the food truck conventions in the States and the growing street food movement in the UK, the company’s owners are a trained chef and keen foodie who’s currently a social media consultant by day. That’s soon to change as the business gets bigger.
The unit on Margate’s Harbour Arm, overlooking the town’s pristine sandy beaches, will be open from Wednesday to Sunday at lunch and dinner, serving freshly-made wood-fired pizza. Take the pizza away, or eat al fresco on the Harbour Arm whilst taking in the view and a glass of wine (the unit is fully-licensed).
How to find the best pizza in Thanet? Look along the Harbour Arm and look out for Gus, the GB Pizza Co’s Great Big Pizza Bus: a dark red VW Type 2 Campervan.
Opening date: Friday 15th June 2012. Look out for the GB Pizza Co team and their blue Great Dane Henry as they give out “50% off” flyers in and around Margate for Friday’s opening event.
- June 10, 2012 -
Fancy a taste of our delicious wood-fired pizza? Then join us at Capel-le-Ferne farmers’ market this Tuesday. Voted as the best farmers’ market in Kent, it’s held every week from 10am until 12.30pm. We’ll be serving our breakfast pizza from 10am in the car park by the village hall. If you’re passionate about local, seasonal produce, then a visit to this market is a must. Other stalls sell local meat, fresh seafood, cheeses, preserves and pickles, bread, locally-grown fruit and Kentish cider.
- June 6, 2012 -
Margate, we’re coming for you!
Our delicious wood-fired pizza will be served on Margate’s Harbour Arm from the 15th June 2012. Our cute little unit overlooks the Turner Contemporary and Margate’s sweeping, sandy beaches. Lovely!
To find out more about our opening times, follow us on Twitter:
We’ll be posting our weekly opening times & special offers on Twitter.
We’re also fully-licensed, so we’ll be booze-cruising for delicious, great-value French & Spanish wines to be served alongside our pizza. Plus Rachel, our chef, will be making homemade cakes for pudding. Yum!
Great British Pizza’s Margate Pop-Up opens on Friday 15th June.
Find us at Unit 6, Margate Harbour Arm
- May 14, 2012 -
These are no ordinary dough balls, my friends. These dough balls – using our take on a sourdough recipe – were made especially for us by Tom Herbert (pictured below, on the left), one half of the handsome television cooking duo who are based down in Chipping Sodbury at the wonderful Hobbs House.
Due to the success and growth of the business, we’ve had to expand our efforts and that means working with a fine bakery to create our dough for larger events. We were drawing up a list of our favourite bakers and we have to say that Tom came top. And not just because he’s a pretty face. Him and his brother have been championing real bread and we wholeheartedly support that. Thanks Tom. We love your balls.
- May 14, 2012 -
We had an amazing weekend at VDub at the Pub – a wonderful VW event packed with families and some beautiful pieces of hardware. Gus, our 1974 VW Campervan was much-admired. And also made great time hot-wheeling it from the Midlands (our current base… for the time being) down to Wimborne in Dorset in just 4 hours. Not bad for an old man who can barely make it over 55mph. We’ve learned to take life slowly with Gus.
The sun – glorious sun – shone for the entire weekend, and we’ve come away exhausted and sun burned, having sold hundreds and hundreds of pizzas. Not only was the weather lovely and the sight of other beautifully cared-for VWs inspiring, but there was a wonderful, warm, friendly crowd in attendance. Well done to the organisers.
See you next year!
- May 14, 2012 -
Our wood oven burns hot (like, really hot – for optimum cooking, we heat it between 350 and 400 degrees Celcius) and clean and we always use locally-sourced hardwood that’s been seasoned (for even cleaner burning). We serve our pizzas on recycled paper plates or in recycled pizza boxes, and even our napkins are made from recycled paper. No cutlery and certainly no nasty polystyrene. Just saying.
- May 9, 2012 -
Someone once sang something about “Don’t blame the weatherman,” (oh Lord, we’ve just realised it was Irish girlband B*Witched – we’re showing our age and our appalling taste in music!), but having been toyed with by meteorologists, we can’t agree with the denim-clad songstresses. Just a few days ago we were planning ponchos and welly boots for our stint at VDub At The Pub down in Dorset. Now – and we hope it doesn’t change again – it looks like the sun might be shining. We’re doing funny little dances, saluting magpies and picking up every penny we can find. Here’s to blue skies, happy campers (and happy campervans) and fresh wood-fired pizzas.
- April 27, 2012 -
This week Rachel had a chat with Cotswold wedding planner Jessie Thomson about our wood-fired pizza oven and how we can bring something a little bit different to weddings and private events. Jessie loved our concept and introduced us “an awesome new wedding supplier… for those wanting something a little more unique to offer guests.” We agree! Book us now for summer events! We’ve already got two weddings booked in, a birthday party and a product launch, as well as numerous festivals.
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- April 5, 2012 -
Celebrating the spring, our seasonal special for April is Evesham asparagus (which we collect from farms just up the road), Parma ham (which crisps up beautifully) and shavings of Parmesan.
- April 4, 2012 -
We were up before 6am for our first market, at Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds. After two weeks of balmy weather, Tuesday arrived with the threat of rain, sleet, snow and high winds. A baptism not of fire, but of driving rain. Luckily (or unluckily), the rain didn’t arrive until packing-up time, and thankfully the pizza oven gave off a wonderful hand-warming heat, so we were never cold. We had a great first market – the stall looked beautiful, we met some very interesting people and got really positive feedback on all the pizzas we sold.