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The Aleksander - Pub East Twickenham

There are a few gastro pubs that are higher up on my list to visit, ie. Dysart Arms in Petersham and The White Horse in Richmond but on this particularly sunny day I ended up at The Aleksander, located right smack on one of the busiest roads in East Twickenham, opposite Marble Hill Park. This is a very popular place for folk with young families (places I try to avoid, just kidding, no really I do). We sat in a sunny spot right next to the road, this turned out to be a mistake as there was a constant barraging of noisy buses throughout our lunch, doh. Nevermind, it was sunny and comfy.

The staff here are really friendly, and mostly the food was ok, decently fine if you want a craft beer and a decent pizza. So yeah, there is a general consensus that the pizzas are pretty good at Aleksander, and that they are. 

Anchovies on crostini
Goat cheese with (elusive) walnut & beetroot

I started with a goat cheese, beetroot & walnut salad. It was fresh and the quality of the cheese was excellent, had a delicious dressing to match too. There were plenty of greens, but not much else of the cheese, beetroot and walnut - I mean four half pieces of walnut and barely more pieces of cheese, isn't that just taking the mickey?! Meh, nevermind, what was there was very delicious even if I had to ferret my way through layer of red onion and rocket to get anything of substance.

Roast Rabbit - actually is rabbit roulade
Rabbit differed from menu

The chic geek had the anchovies in olive oil on crostini bread, these were pleasantly tangy, slightly sweet, and mostly sea salty. Simple starters but very tasty. For mains I opted for the Quattro Stagione pizza of salami, mushrooms, olives and ham. The chic geek had picked the slow roasted rabbit with crushed potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Now this was interesting, he was actually presented with a roulade stuffed with what appeared to be tomatoes & olives. We thought the rabbit would have been served roasted and on the bone, meat is tasty and moist on the bone. So it was disappointing because the meat in the roulade was in fact dry and unfort. served barely warm.

Quattro Stagione pizza
Pizza @ Aleksander

 My pizza was perfectly fine, the olives were delicious, nice fresh dough and typically morish. I did have a nightmare trying to cut it with just a bread knife. I was given a pizza slice which was cool, but it just wasn't practical trying to cut on a uneven plate. They had an interesting selection of what appear to be local London(?) produced beers and I thought that was quite a nice touch. Overall, it's an ok place to have a pizza, they have a nice family atmosphere, ample seating for summertime and the staff were really great. 

Check out more pizza on my how to cook pizza on a barbecue


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