The Pizzashed, in Bury St Edmunds, is realisation of long-held dream for Guy, 32
Tucked away off Tayfen Road, in Bury St Edmunds, is one of the town's newest eateries.
You could be forgiven for thinking the Pizzashed was a pub outbuilding, but its exterior – in the Beerhouse car park – hides a cosy little pizza bar.
Over the years the outbuilding has been used as stables, a workshop, for roasting coffee and as a micro brewery. But it stood empty from 2016 until it was discovered by Guy Burnett, 32.
The former King Edward VI pupil had been searching for premises in the town for three-four years and, already familiar with the Beerhouse as a customer, he could see the shed's potential.
"I'd been looking for for somewhere permanent for a long time and I thought the concept would work well in Bury. There is a growing independent food scene and only one other place in the town offering wood-fired pizzas," he said.
A fan of street food, Guy had been keen to open a wood-fired pizza bar in the town. Having found the location, he used his design experience – he studied interior and spatial design at Chelsea School of Art – to turn the outbuilding into his dream.
The Pizzashed opened its doors this summer, offering hand-stretched wood-fired pizzas which sold out during the opening weekend.
"The pizza oven creates an amazing atmosphere as soon as you enter the space," said Guy.
"When you walk in you get the smell and then the taste – you get the smoky flavour to the crust – plus it cooks quickly. People are fascinated by it when they walk in."
The Pizzashed team includes 20-year-old head chef Jack Ruddock, who graduated from West Suffolk College in 2018.
The pizza oven, which is nicknamed The Big Yellow (because it is big and yellow), is fired up 5.30-10pm Thursday to Saturday and 5.30-9.30pm every Sunday.
During the Christmas Fayre at the end of the month the Pizzashed will be offering new toppings and extended opening hours throughout the weekend.
It seats 24, with additional seating outside, and is available for private hire for parties, Christmas meals, gatherings and workshops.
Guy said: "It is a small space and it works well for small groups. People pre-order their pizzas and can create their own playlists for the stereo – it is a lot of fun."
For more information, go to www.thepizzashed.co.uk or email email@example.com
You can also order Pizzashed for delivery through Deliveroo.
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