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The first thing to observe is that The Rusty Bicycle can get exceptionally busy. But once we'd located a table and nestled in (the bucket of jenga bricks proved a welcome distraction for the smaller member of our party) we were able to bask in just how nice it is to be in a friendly Dodo pub.
In the hustle and bustle of a busy Sunday lunchtime we managed to miss the children's menu (on the bottom shelf of a bookcase by the bar) and there was a misordering of a pizza that required some swift topping swopping to placate a very hungry three-year-old. But these hiccups couldn't dampen the warm atmosphere The Rusty Bicycle cultivates and the food is good (even when deconstructed and reconstructed).
My partner was very impressed with the Big D burger she ordered (beef patty, cheese, streaky bacon, beer-braised onions, tomato, lettuce, Dodo burger mayo). A thick, juicy burger cooked to perfection, it often threatened to collapse under the weight of its contents but managed to remain intact, with the flavour amplified by a tangy burger mayo. My partner went as far as to place it as one of the best burgers she'd had in
As for the pizzas, we ended up with a Chorizo Piccante (with added mushroom) and Salami Get This Straight. The Chorizo Piccante is a particularly spicy variant of their pizza thanks to toppings of soft brindisa, chorizo and pickled red chilli. I enjoyed it even if at times the spice almost overwhelms everything about the pizza. The Salami Get This Straight was a big hit with my daughter (once we'd swapped out the roast sweet peppers with mushrooms) and it even enhanced her experience that she had a pizza the same size as ours. Dodo goes for a soft base pizza, making their pizzas a sloppy but wonderfully edible proposition. It also helped that the side of rosemary fries were delicious: crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle, proving a lovely accompaniment to our food.
Despite some hiccups caused by a slightly overwhelmed establishment, we had a great time at The Rusty Bicycle. The food is scrumptious, the staff friendly and approachable (especially the barista who snuck marshmallows to our three year old), and the atmosphere is great fun. It's good to go prepared for a busy lunchtime at the weekend but it's worth the wait and the fight for tables. It won't be long until I'm back at this fabulous pub.