Exterior

Exterior

I’d walked past the Montgomery chip shop, just over the road from Joseph Pearce, on many occasions and not clocked that it had a little cafe bistro next door. Spotting it today, I checked out the menu in the window, it looked like it might hold some quite good dishes, so I popped in to give it a try.

With seating for around sixteen, the place was simply appointed and shown to good advantage on this bright day. The owner welcomed me and invited me to sit wherever, so I took up station at one of the tables.

Squid

Squid

The menu had a small selection of starters, pizzas, pastas and main dishes along classic Italian lines, then you could also choose anything from the chip shop selection.

I opted for squid served in a tomato and red pepper sauce to start, then followed with their house pizza, which featured pepperoni, ham and mushrooms.

Interior detail

Interior detail

The starter was soon with me. The sauce was profuse, almost a soup like amount, which rather pleased me, and there were many squid rings immersed in it. It was a tasty dish with the squid well cooked and the sauce nicely herby and not too sweet. It was a really pleasing opener.

The pizza wasn’t quite as good, but was still an enjoyable eat. The base was nicely crisp and the topping packed with flavour.

So overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by the Montgomery. It served me two really nice dishes. There are other nearby options, such as Mennato’s that offer slightly better lunchtime value, but this menu is served all day so represents a really good option particularly for an informal pre-theatre dinner. I’d be happy to visit again and look forward to trying their pasta, next time.

Pizza

Pizza

Scores
Blythe scores Montgomery Bistro
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

I ate: calamari della casa; pizza della casa

I drank: water

I wore: respledent pink

Total bill: £12.70

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Written by BKR