Malmesbury is a small market town in the south Cotswolds. It is famous for two things – one relatively old, Malmesbury Abbey – and one relatively new, the headquarters of technology company, Dyson. After a good circular walk around the town we have chosen to have lunch at The Birdcage, a pizza restaurant owned by the local Wild Food Company – who also own a deli in town.
We order drinks – I have a Budding Organic Pale Ale from the Stroud Brewery while Rock is unable to resist ordering an Organic Blackcurrant with sparkling water from a company called Rocks! Both drinks are just what we hoped they would be – refreshing and tasty.
The Birdcage menu has a long list of thin crust pizzas – all named after places or streets in Malmesbury. It also has pasta dishes, stromboli(Italian filled turnovers) and salads. Rock and I decide to share the Cowbridge pizza with toppings that include mozzarella, organic tomato, sunblush tomato, olives, capers, red onion & pine kernels. We add pepperoni as an extra topping and a side dish of mixed salad.
The pizza is a blaze of colour when it arrives and it tastes fantastic. The mixed salad is huge and we have been very wise to share! The colours on our plate are almost as interesting as the colours on the restaurant walls – the vibrant wall murals have been painted by local artist Philip Kingsbury.
Rock has no room for dessert so, while she is drinking her coffee, I simply enjoy an Affogato – vanilla gelato with a shot of hot espresso. A perfect way to end an Italian meal! Bella!