Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co Shack

Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co. Shack at Red Lion Pub, Chipping Norton.

Abby Owen is the proud owner of the Cotswold Pizza Company and opened The Shack at Red Lion Pub in Chipping Norton in May. Since it crept onto my Instagram radar some months ago, I’ve been angling for a warm summer day to go round and get my hands on one of those wood-fired pizzas.

Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co. Shack at Red Lion Pub, Chipping Norton.

The Shack is open Thursday, Friday (6 – 9pm) and Saturday (12pm – 9pm) and serves a short, but perfectly formed, selection of classic pizzas; margheritas to the carne, featuring Italian speck ham or the Milano, with taleggio cheese.  

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Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co. Shack at Red Lion Pub, Chipping Norton.

As well as doing take out, The Shack has a number of tables hewn from sleepers in the pub’s beer garden. In fact, it’s quite a good partnership, bringing a new clientele to the Red Lion, which I’ve always been under the impression would be called a ‘drinkers pub’.

Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co. Shack at Red Lion Pub, Chipping Norton.

Abby uses imported Italian flour for the pizza bases and tinned tomatoes from Italy for that authentic Napoli taste. She did mention that she’ll be teaming up with a number of local producers to make a truly Cotswold pizza – using pizza flour milled by Matthews Cotswold Flour in Shipton under Wychwood and a Chippy producer of mozzarella cheese and charcuterie.

Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co. Shack at Red Lion Pub, Chipping Norton.

The Shack also serves gelato. Made from a local herd of Gloucestershire cows, gelato really is better for you than ice cream – as it lacks the cream! At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself.

I’ve actually teamed up with both Cotswold Pizza Co. and Matthews Cotswold Flour to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a true Cotswold pizza prize – two free pizzas from the Shack and a bag of Matthews Cotswold Pizza Flour. To enter just head to my Instagram account – instagram.com/theweekendtourist. Hurry, as I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday 17th August.

Trying out the Cotswold Pizza Co. Shack at Red Lion Pub, Chipping Norton.

The good news is that the Shack won’t just be open for the summer, but will remain open all year round with special winter warmers such as pulled pork and dirty hot dogs. There was even talk of a yurt in the beer garden and the bottomless pizza Sunday brunch – I’ve signed up for the waiting list already!

1 Comment

  1. August 29, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Oh now this is my kind of dining!

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