Marmite Love it or hate it
Personally I love it, but only with shredded crunchy iceberg lettuce between two thick slices of multi grain, sourdough bread. Oh! I’m quite partical to a warming mug of Marmite in the depths of winter, but thats as far as the fancy takes me.
Scrolling through my Instagram account , I came across a close up of rather scrummy looking olives buried in cheese. Further inspection revealed it to be a pulled pork & olive pizza! Not only that, it was stone baked, in a traditional wood fired oven on a soughdough base. These were not just any pizza’s, these were Pig and Olive Pizzas. Turned out these porky pizza’s were not far away, I wanted to know more.
The Pig & Olive kitchen is situated within the Pig on the Beach bar with its panoramic views towards the pebbles and sea at Westward Ho! North Devon.
I met the owner Joe, who was only to happy to give me a quick guided tour of the kitchen and the much prized, authentic, heat log fired pizza oven. Apparently, their signature pizza, which was the one that caught my attention on Instagram, is THE Pig and Olive which, as its name suggests, is topped with delicious pulled pork, bred on their own farm and smoked for up to 24 hours to produce, mouth watering, tender piggy peices. Large juicy black olives, which I assume are not grown in Devon, mozzarella & home made tomato sauce, complete this culinary masterpiece.
The Pig & Olive uses only the finest ingredients in its pizza production, including fine Italian “0” grade flour, pure virgin Italian olive oil & fresh bazil. Their sourdough starters were doing their own thing, bubbling away in large glass jars on the window sill and I was also shown their special home made pepperroni mix. This consisted of ground pepperroni, caramelised sea salt, herbs & garilc, gently fried together to bring out the flavours. The aromatic mix is then used with the addition of fresh bazil, mozzarella, provolone cheese and tomato sauce to top the Pepperroni pizza.
As well as the traditional Garlic bread a deviation from the norm is their fast selling Garlic Bread with Cheese & Marmite, which as I said earlier, you will either love or hate. Why not have a dip to go with it ? Roasted Garlic, pesto or hot chilli. Well, theres no accounting for taste.
Worry not, if you don’t happen to live in Westward Ho! You can still try Pig and Olives perfect pizzas in other locations. Great Torrington, South Molton & Umberleigh are just some of the great Devon locations you will find them with their mobile Pizza trucks and wood fired ovens.
Next time you feel like a pizza, give these authetic pizza pullers a try and support a small local business too. Just EAT