Places To Eat In Canterbury: Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria
A little break from Christmas shopping today, I want to tell you about a great pizza place that opened a few months ago in Canterbury that I spied while I was judging this years Christmas windows, and which provided the perfect gift hunting rest stop the other week. Chapter is a sourdough pizzeria on Burgate serving up great value, authentic pizzas, a few classics like lasagna (baked in the pizza oven) and a good cocktail list at their bar – at the moment they’ve got great crocks of mulled wine and cider sitting up on the counter. It would be a great place to go for dinner, but they’ve also got a brilliant value lunch menu where you can get a pizza and a starter or dessert (I wish we’d not been too full to try the chocolate orange mousse) for just £10!
While we opted for sparkling water (I was driving, and we were looking forward to the amount of drink consumption we’re sure to put away over the festive period!), as well as the cocktails (including the requisite Hugo’s and Spritz’ there is a great wine list where almost everything can be ordered by the glass or in a carafe, and on Saturday’s they also serve bottomless brunch with a few Italian egg options as well as pizza!
So what did we end up going for? We shared a bit of each others, but I mainly had the Melanzane Parmigiana, which is essentially a classic margarita topped off with fresh cherry tomatoes and pieces of roasted aubergine. The crust here is beautiful, soft at the edges with a crisp bottom, and the tomato sauce and cheese are delicious. It was a simply excellent pizza, and dare I say it I got the flavour of the aubergine better than I did the last time I had it on a pizza at the Franco Manca in Kilburn a few weeks ago!
Mummy had the Zucca, a blanco pizza topped off with goats curd, pumpkin, walnuts and kale. The flavours were lovely and it was lovely and seasonal (there were also great textures with the walnuts and the gloriously charred and crunchy kale), but perhaps it would have done better with a different cheese base and the goats curd being added afterwards. Goats curd is usually light and creamy, and it just tasted like any other goats cheese melted, and was not as enjoyable as the pizza cooled.
While I do still have Luben’s Pizza in Folkestone bookmarked (and has anyone tried a pizza from Pizza GioVanni parked up at the Sandwich Guildhall yes?) Chapter is now officially the place I go to get pizza when I’m down from London. Literally my only notes is that I want to go again when I’m hungry enough for dessert, not driving so I can try some of their cocktails, and when I can allow lots of time – literally the only less than enjoyable bit about our meal was how slow and grumpy our waitress was! They do great student deals too, so if you’re studying in the city, they’re worth checking out!