I love M&S food, and 99% of the time I'm happy to pay the slightly more than other supermarket prices for their products, because the quality is always there. But, I have a secret. I hate M&S pizzas.
I tried them a few years ago and just didn't like them. I didn't like the base, the toppings, the way they cooked- nothing. So when my lovely PR contact at M&S asked me to pick up the new stone baked varieties from Sprucefield to try, I wasn't as enthusiastic as I usually am about my trip to Lisburn.
I picked the classics, and the new combinations, all of which cost £4. The new pizza recipes are BBQ Pulled Pork, The Magnificent Meaty and The New Yorker. The latter appealed to me the most with pastrami, gherkins and what looks like American mustard toppings.
Every pizza is totally loaded with toppings, no half measures. But, did I like the M&S pizzas now? A few years on and I can safely score them off my dislikes list. The bases cook really well, the toppings are lovely and I would definitely buy them again. I think I'd still avoid the boxed pizzas which were the ones I didn't care for previously, but this range is everything you'd expect from M&S. Filling, delicious and very tasty.
That's the pepperoni one below, which my son and I shared this evening with their olive and feta salad. He gives it a big thumbs up too. The New Yorker is the one I'm most curious about, so keep an eye on my Instagram (@rudedoodle) and I'll let you know how it goes when we cook it.