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· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Italy meets Yorkshire at this pizzeria.

Bramhope Village Pizza

They make Neapolitan pizza with Yorkshire ingredients at this charming pizzeria in Bramhope…

Village Pizza isn’t your typical Italian pizzeria. This Bramhope eatery prides itself on creating authentic Neapolitan pizzas using produce sourced right here in Yorkshire. It’s the brainchild of owners Liam Kendrick-Bailey and Simon Kirisima, whose shared passion for Yorkshire produce, Italian cuisine and the village of Bramhope has brought them to this moment.

Bramhope Village Pizza

The pair took over a traditional Yorkshire bakery in Bramhope in 2018 and it was the catalyst for Village Pizza. One day, the duo were talking about what their classic pork pies would be like on a pizza – to find out, they enlisted the help of their friend Matteo Salaris, who is now their Head Chef. A year and a half later, Village Pizza was born.

“The true inspiration was being able to champion Yorkshire quality. To support local farmers and growers working in and around our county by using home grown products on a dish that everyone loves – pizza,” Liam told us. “It was important for us to keep with tradition while moving with the times, that’s why our Italian pizza chefs only use traditional Neapolitan cooking techniques passed down through generations.”

The new pizzeria shares the same premises as Village Bakery. It’s a small cafe-style pizzeria, but it’s beautifully decorated and full of rustic Italian charm. It’s the perfect environment to tuck into a pizza and theirs are special because everything they use is made in Britain, and nearly all of it in Yorkshire. From the vegetables to herbs and oils, they try to get it all from God’s Own Country.

Bramhope Village Pizza

They have all the classics. Margherita, Diavola and Pepperoni Americana, you name it, they’ve got it, but it’s the Yorkshire Specials that deserve your attention. The Yorkshireman is topped with Wharfedale pork sausage and a dusting of crumbled black pudding, while The Pencillium promises Yorkshire blue cheese, rocket and fresh figs. They’re simple combinations, but they work really well.

You can even go vegan with The Donald, a pie named after the Yorkshireman who coined the term ‘vegan’. You’ll get a tomato base topped with East Yorkshire grown tomatoes, vegan mozzarella, artichoke, mushrooms and red onion, finished with a drizzle of Yorkshire rapeseed oil infused with garlic.

But if you want to try the pizza that began it all, go for The Growler. “You get slices of freshly baked Bramhope pork pie on a British mozzarella white base with a sprinkle of oregano,” Liam explained. “This was the creation that started our journey, so it will always have a special place in our hearts and on top of that it tastes delicious. It’s most definitely a pizza for the adventurous type!”

Bramhope Village Pizza

Whatever pizza you go for, you can pair it with sides, like garlic bread, dough balls with garlic butter and sweet potato fries. Still got room? They have four desserts – the Salted Caramel Brownie is our favourite, but you can also get the Tiramisu and a tasty Chocolate Cup Cake.

Village Pizza does proper Neapolitan pizza with a Yorkshire twist, and it does it well, so why not find out what all the fuss is about?

Village Pizza, 9 The Cross, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9AX. It’s open from 5.30pm to 10pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5.30pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 5pm to 9.30pm on Sundays.