There are some areas you feel you will struggle to find anything suitable for a vegan. Having grown up not far from Washington (Tyne & Wear, not DC!) I’ve not really expected much in the way of gastronomy in that particular neck of the woods. Following the closure of the fantastic Cellini’s – which we visited pre-veganism so can’t vouch for how good they were at accommodating – it seemed that the area was really lacking somewhere canny for scran on an evening.
We heard about Wood-Stock Pizza on Twitter and were intrigued. Pizzas are big business now and we seem to have lots of choice in the North East – think Cal’s Own, Central Oven & Shaker, etc. Nestled behind The Green was the latest contender battling for a piece of the pie.Serving wood fired pizzas from a wooden cabin of sorts, there was the option to eat in or take away. By the time we got our pizza home it would have been clay cold so we were definitely going to have a sit down. It was rustic inside, with twinkly fairy lights and candles flickering.I had contacted in advance about what the veggie topping options would be on the pizzas to see if it was worth us visiting. I was told that it was mainly meat as the feedback during their trials had leaned more in favour of this. I asked if it would be ok if we brought our own vegan cheese along instead but was told they would source some if we were definitely going. It was lovely that they’d gone to the trouble of buying Violife for Pizza for us but it really wasn’t necessary. With a veggie topped pizza option I probably would have had a Marinara base anyway or we would have brought our own along, as we have done in the past with other pizza places.Mr. Canny said we were going to order 3 pizzas straight away but I told him to hold his horses. He’s so greedy at times! I started off with Whiter Shade, and the Mozzarella and Fontina were replaced with the dairy free cheese. The truffle oil used really made this pizza special.Mr. Canny had olives, sundried tomatoes and basil on his traditional tomato and dairy free cheese base.Even Dinky seemed to approve 🙂 We both enjoyed it so much we had seconds of his choice. He would have went for thirds but I told him he had to stop.
The restaurant was getting quite busy by this point and Dinky was also squirming. With no highchair for her she was darting here, there and everywhere. There were lots of other children too, which gave it a family friendly atmosphere, but we felt it wasn’t fair for other diners if she started to squawk. It transpires they sold out not long after we left, so apologies to those who dropped by after us. If Mr. Canny had had his way they would have used up their stocks a lot quicker!
The atmosphere was great and we’d recommend you pop down to the next Wood-Stock Pizza event, which is on the 6th May. If you are dairy free or veggie it might be worth popping the guys a message in advance to see what alternatives they can come up with. There seems to be another opening in the offing in Washington Village (The Forge), so watch this space.
Thanks for reading,