I was recently invited to visit one of London’s new street food highlights, the Marquis of Wellington which is located on the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile. The original pub had been shut down for around 2 years and has been brought back to life with a simple pizza menu and a wide variety of beers. The exterior is chic and simple and the interior is warm and cozy with a vintage edge. I liked the atmosphere and the overall vibe of the pub which I imagine will become a great favourite for locals and foodie fans alike.
The Marquis of Wellington has partnered up with the British Street Food Awards which champions some of the most exciting young British chefs in London. Every week, new traders will be popping up next to the Marquis of Wellington, serving up the very best of British street food to hungry Bermondsey locals. On my visit The BearBQ were cooking up a feast and offered up a very simple but wholesome menu. My companion had the slow smoked pork belly whilst I tried the smoked chicken with garlic mayo and srirarcha chilli sauce. I didn’t try the pork belly but it was a hit, great flavour and good quality meat which was the same for the chicken which I really enjoyed. It was smoky without being overwhelming and the accompanying sauces went really went with the meat.
From The Marquis of Wellington’s own main menu we also ordered garlic bread and their hand-rolled pizzas which are fired in their huge oven. My garlic bread consisted of San Marzano tomato, grilled aubergines, finished with parmegiano reggiano, it was really delicious although I would have loved more garlic. It does look like a mini-pizza but I would definitely say do not be deterred by the number of ingredients on the garlic bread, it is a great starter and was not too heavy which is a reflection of the quality of the ingredients used.
My mushroom, baby spinach & black truffle pizza was perfect! The crust was not too dry and there really is something special about individually made to order pizzas which are not pre-made/frozen and reheated to order. You can taste the difference, not only as you eat but much later, I didn’t experience that bloated feeling one can sometimes experience after eating too much pizza. I also enjoyed my companion’s sirloin steak pizza, despite the meat being slices of actual steak the pizza did not get soggy and good quality beef was used to ensure there was a great balance of flavours.
I would definitely recommend this pub, it’s great for date nights, catching up with friends and generally exploring a different part of London.
For more information visit: www.marquisofwellington.co.uk