Date Night in London: Homeslice Neal's Yard
Friday, 18 March 2016
Jack and I take it in turns to plan date night. On his last turn, he hit it out of the park.
Y'see, I'm the kind of girl who isn't polite about pizza. You know if you order a couple with a group and everyone politely holds back? I don't. Nope. Never. I will continue to eat the pizza until I physically can't lift my hands to my face anymore. Yeah, I'm that person. I struggle to understand anyone who is indifferent to pizza. What's not to love? Carbs, cheese, toppings of every variety under the sun. Pizzas, in my opinion, can't be big enough.
Jack knows this. And with this knowledge he led me along to Neal's Yard to grab a table at Homeslice, who are renowned for their 20 inch pizzas. That's right, people. TWENTY INCHES. If you're in London and your girlfriend/boyfriend/best friend loves pizza, make them happy and take them to Homeslice.
We didn't get a table when we walked in (the place is popular and it was a Saturday, no biggie), but instead of making their punters queue around the block (we're all looking at you, Bao), Homeslice take your number and give you a call when your table frees up. So you can go off and frolic in Covent Garden rather than stare at a wall outside. Little touches like this make me feel so affectionately towards this place.
When we got in we discovered that the pizzas, besides being massive (hurrah!), are also delicious. And, unlike other pizza joints, branch out with genuinely mouth-watering and imaginative toppings. I'm talking from Anchovy, Caramelised Onion and Kalamata Olives to Mushroom, Ricotta, Pumpkin Seed and Chilli. I mean, I need to go back at least several times to sample them all.
(Please appreciate the picture above of hangry Jack eye-balling the next-door table whose pizza just arrived).
We plumped for a split pizza, half classic margherita (I mean you can tell what a pizza place is made of by the quality of their margherita) and half Goat Shoulder, Savoy Cabbage and Sumac Yoghurt and a couple of beers. Please see 6ft Jack for scale.
We tucked in, and had to keep reminding one another to pace ourselves. Enjoy the amazing pizza, dammit! We can inhale our food and not talk to each other at home!
Pls do not disturb:
We loved it. Jack and I take our pizzas seriously and we really can't fault this place. Huge and UH-mazing pizzas, delicious on-tap beer (and bubbles!) and such lovely, considerate service. If you're looking for a date night idea in London and your boo loves a slice - GO.