The Kitchen’s Summer Pop Up Pizza Restaurant – The Smoke Shack

by | May 24, 2016 | Blog

Firing up Big Bertha, our pizza oven, at the beginning of May was a delight – a little taste of Italy in the Shire.  Our ‘pop up’ outdoor restaurant has been a huge hit – not just for the delicious pizzas, you can  now sit in Bertha’s home, The Smoke Shack – whatever the weather – high powered heaters and snuggly rugs take the edge off the British spring chill.  Of course, this is an addition to our fantastic Kitchen menu – rest assured pizzas are not taking over!

Smoke Shack sign Smoke Shack and gardenBy popular demand, Bertha is being fired up on Saturdays from this week, as well as Fridays and Sundays.  And as a special treat – we will be serving pizzas all day on Bank Holiday Monday too!

They aren’t just your ordinary kind of pizza – the dough is made from scratch using the finest Italian flour and proved and kneaded ready to be popped in the hot mouth of Big Bertha.  And last weekend we made a group gluten free bases.  Tomato sauce is made with love and care by the Kitchen Team, using fresh tomatoes and herbs from the Kitchen Garden.

Toppings are carefully selected, depending on the seasons – freshly picked Wild Garlic Pesto has been a hit on top with Buffalo Mozzarella, throughout this month.  Everyone is enjoying watching their supper prepared before their eyes and a few minutes in Big Bertha and they come out with a crisp base and a hot unctuous topping – some like it topped with homemade chilli oil for a bit of a kick.  Big Bertha’s pizzas are devoured by young and older customers.  Pizza loves adore them and pizza haters are being converted, because this is the way a pizza should be prepared and cooked – a authentic taste of Italy in the shire.

So it is no wonder that our perfect pizzas have been flying out – even in the occasional pizza box and delivered in Farnborough.


Big Bertha will be fired up over the long, lazy bank holiday weekend.  Pizzas served   from The Smoke Shack at The Kitchen at the following times;

New Pizza Times from this week –

Fridays 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.       Saturdays 5.00 p.m.  – 7.00 p.m.

Sundays 4.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.     Bank Holiday Monday – All day from 12 Noon