ommuter, day-tripper, Brighton local, or tourist? We have all been to Brighton Station and fancied something quick and easy to eat.
Brighton Station, Queen’s Road, BN1 3XP
Commuter, day-tripper, Brighton local, or tourist? We have all been to Brighton Station and fancied something quick and easy to eat in order to see us through the rest of our onward journey. This is where Kindlewood Pizza fits in perfectly.
An off-shoot of the award-winning Cafe Coho, Kindlewood Pizza has been a long time coming for James Wilson, the manager. A nine-month process saw James and the team renovate a vintage 1969 Citroen H van into a gorgeous, mobile pizzeria, complete with Bushman wood-fired oven and state-of-the-art coffee machine.
Weighing more than three tonnes, the van is parked on the forecourt of Brighton Station daily, serving freshly-cooked pizzas for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
With a sterling team on board, including highly-trained pizza chefs, Kindlewood stands out as a rustic and charming bottle-green pizza van. James’s research led him across Brighton and London, taking influence from a range of Italian pizzerias and restaurants. Working from a simple yet expandable menu, the Kindlewood pizzas are 10” Neopolitan thin base, with a range of toppings.
The dough is prepped beforehand on the Queen's Road Cafe Coho site and stored ready for use on Kindlewood’s bespoke dough fridge. Each pizza takes a mere 90 seconds from order to eating - an offering that James and the team really push as the perfect "grab and go" option.
The menu itself ranges from classic Margarita, with buffalo mozzarella and basil, to a spicy-sounding Kindlewood Fire, with Spanish chorizo and fresh chilli.
Pizzas are priced from an exceptionally-affordable £5.50. Kindlewood also serves up a vegetarian option and a rocket, balsamic and parmesan salad - great as a side dish or on its own.
Lucky enough to try the Kindlewood Blue with buffalo mozzarella, smoked pancetta, Brighton Blue, and rosemary, I was treated to a great combination of flavours.
Dripping with a thin layer of tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, I found that the smokey pancetta worked well against the creamy, rich blue cheese and pine-like rosemary.
The choice of thinner Neapolitan base made for a lighter pizza and it was easy to see how these 10” meals are a fantastic option for a quick, post-work dinner, or a pre-journey snack.
With a menu that can be easily adapted to include daily or weekly specials and lunchtime offers, Kindlewood pizza is a welcome addition to the street food scene we have seen sweeping across the city.
Still retaining some of Cafe Coho’s rustic charm is a strong point for Kindlewood, coupled with the ability to use the Queen's Road branch as a sit-down restaurant for evening pizza-eaters. I predict Kindlewood will go far this summer and kudos to James and the team for finding a gap in the market and successfully setting up a new, respectable Brighton business.