The Dodo Burger Story

Last month we shared the story of Dodo Pizza. In the early days of Dodo, owners Chris and Leo were locked in a heated debate over what the world’s best beer food is. As you now know, Chris backed the burger, while Leo’s passion for pizza led to a eureka moment in Naples.

We’ve been proudly serving our Neapolitan pizzas ever since. But that, of course, is only one half of the bigger Dodo food picture. We’ve done a lot of research* and we’ve come to the conclusion that both pizzas and burgers deserve prime position on the beer food podium – and therefore on our menu. It’s a fact of life: sometimes you just can’t beat a burger and beer with good company.

We've spent years honing our recipe, and we grind all of our burgers in house. This is extremely important to us. We do it so that we know exactly what goes into them – there’s nothing in our burgers that shouldn’t be there. It also means that we’re allowed to serve them pink, the way they should be served. And we use a secret ratio of 28-day aged chuck and rib to ensure our burgers are double tasty. 

Our pursuit of absolute burger perfection isn’t over – even now we’re making tweaks and learning new tricks. But we’ve figured a few things out over the years, and what you see on the menu nowadays is just what we think a burger should be: honest, delicious, and crying out to be consumed with a pint or two.

Want to put our burgers to the test? Drop in to any of the pubs on a Monday and grab one for half price!

*Yes, by “research” we mean eating many burgers and drinking a lot of beer.

Cheltenham Festival 14 - 17 March

It's our first ever Cheltenham Festival, and we're celebrating in style at the Bottle of Sauce. From hearty breakfasts to our big Gold Cup Blow Out, we're getting into the spirit of the finest racing event of the year, with events on all week – we'll set you up for a long day at the racecourse and then party with you all through the night.

Everything you need to know to plan your race week is here:

 

RACE WEEK BREAKFAST
Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 March
Hearty breakfasts that'll set you up for a long day of... err, racing! Served 8AM - 11AM every morning. That's the menu to the left there...

 

PADDY'S DAY WARM UP
Thursday 16 March
Get yourself in the mood for Cheltenham's biggest day of the year with live DJs 6PM - late. Pair with our POP UP GUINNESS BAR for a perfect pre-Paddy's Day experience.

 

GOLD CUP BLOW OUT!
Friday 17 March
Wanna party? (We know, what a silly question). Get yourself down to the Bottle for live DJs back to back all night long. From 90s hip hop to funky house and disco, we've got something to get everyone going. 5PM - 3AM.

 

POP UP GUINNESS BAR
...in the courtyard every evening from 5pm.
Get your fill of the black stuff all week without having to wait all night for a pint!

Oooh, another flash sale at the Rickety Press!

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Yep, that's right... our January Flash Sales party at the Rickety Press was such a success that we've decided to make it a regular thing! On the last Friday of every month we'll be celebrating the weekend with live DJs + announcing extraordinary flash deals on food and booze throughout the night. Keep your eyes peeled to grab some superb bargains...

Next on: Friday 31st March, The Rickety Press, Jericho

Mother's Day Brunch

We've got you covered this Mother's Day. Mums eat brunch for free at all Dodo pubs on Sunday 26th March – so show your mum how much you appreciate her by treating her to a delicious brunch... or, if you're a mum yourself, take full advantage of your status and enjoy your free meal. It's a win-win!

Brunchtime, Sunday 26th March, at all three pubs.

The Dodo Pizza Story


It all started with a simple question: what’s the best beer food in the world?

Back in the day, when the Rusty Bicycle was still finding its feet, owners Chris and Leo were stuck in a seemingly endless debate over the best food to serve alongside our pints.

In one corner there was Chris, backing the burger.

In the other was Leo, punting for pizza.

Both are inherently casual and social foods, which is something we love. They may occasionally warrant the use of a knife, but don’t demand the fuss of cutlery or stuffy highbrow conversation. In short, both are perfectly suited to the task at hand: accompanying a delicious cold brew. 

So, locked in a stalemate, we did what anyone would do. We set about perfecting both.

THE STORY OF DODO PIZZA

You may have noticed, but not all pizzas are created equal, and the perfect recipe remained somewhat elusive for the first few months. It wasn’t until Leo found himself in Italy, tucking into a pizza in the backstreets of Naples, that he realized he had found what he was looking for…

Done right, Neapolitan pizza is the unbeatable godfather of all pizzas. It epitomizes the delicious simplicity of Italian cuisine and, when made with the correct care and skill, can be mind-blowingly good. 

Leo was convinced: Dodo pizza had to be Neapolitan in style.

Of course, bringing Neapolitan pizza to a little pub in the heart of East Oxford wasn’t a straightforward undertaking. It took years of experimentation to nail our recipe, and we’re still working on replicating that perfect slice, first tasted amidst the bustle of Naples.

Over time, though, we’ve established some basic rules for our own perfect pizza. We call them the Holy Trinity. You know how fire requires oxygen, heat, and fuel to ignite? Well, our trinity is like that: remove one of the ingredients and you may as well give up and go home – you’ll just have some bread with tomato and cheese on top, and who wants that? 

So, we hear you saying, what is the Holy Trinity?

>We use Caputo Blue Flour, milled in Naples to make our slow levitation dough.

>We use San Marzano tomatoes, grown in the ashy soil of Mount Vesuvius. Sun + volcanic soil = seriously tasty tomatoes.

>We use Fior di Latte – a mild, sumptuous cow’s milk mozzarella made in the style of a traditional buffalo mozzarella*.

Our dough is made from just four ingredients – flour, salt, yeast, and water. Once risen (for no less than 48 hours) we blast cook our pizzas at 400c to lock flavour and moisture into the crust
                
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s the beauty of Dodo pizza. It’s a little like alchemy, a seemingly magical transformation of ingredients. There’s no great mystery here though, just years of hard work, but you guys don’t care about that – all that matters is how it tastes, so why not grab a pint and a pizza next time you're in?

*We apologise for alarming the vegans: we also do a cheese-free Vegan Mary pizza

Get your 6 Nations fix

Rugby fans, rejoice! The 2017 6 Nations championship is about to get underway, and we'll be showing every match of the tournament at all three pubs. Plus, to really get you in the mood, we're offering 3-pint growlers for just £10 during England matches...

Plan your visits:

Saturday 4th February

14:25 Scotland v Ireland

16:50 England v France

Sunday 5th February

14:00 Italy v Wales

Saturday 11th February 

14:25 Italy v Ireland

16:50 Wales v England

Sunday 12th February

15:00 France v Scotland

Saturday 25th February

14:25 Scotland v Wales

16:50 Ireland v France

Sunday 26th February

15:00 England v Italy

Friday 10th March

20:00 Wales v Ireland

Saturday 11th March

13:30 Italy v France

16:00 England v Scotland

Saturday 18th March

12:30 Scotland v Italy

14:45 France v Wales

17:00 Ireland v England

Dirty pancake day

Yes, those are eggs on our pancakes, what of it?

Yes, those are eggs on our pancakes, what of it?

This year Shrove Tuesday, better known as PANCAKE DAY, is getting a revamp. We're going all out and putting our own Dodo spin on the humble pancake. If it really is the last day of gluttony before lent, why hold back? Expect truly indulgent, fluffy American-style pancakes with some outrageous(ly delicious) toppings, served at all three pubs. We're drooling already.

Join us to salute the dirty pancake: Tuesday 28th March.

Love is in the air! Get 2 pizzas, a bottle + a side for £30

Valentine's Day isn't just for cheesy cards, bad chocolates, and awkward dates, it's about celebrating love of all kinds (ideally with a drink or two, if you ask us).

So whether you're a hopeless romantic or a resolute cynic, we've got the perfect offer for you this 14th of Feb: come into any of the pubs and get two pizzas, a bottle of house wine, and a side for just £30. Bring your soulmate, your mum, your grandad, your best mate or your dog and share the pizza love. (And hey, if you just want two pizzas and a bottle of wine to yourself, we won't judge...)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Tuesday 14th February, unsurprisingly.

Happy birthday, Rusty Bicycle

Once again our little pub has shown it can throw one hell of a party. Condolences to those who didn't come – you missed a corker, with live music from Robin Bennett, Sian Lloyd-Jones, Ags Connolly, Loud Mountains, and Little Mammoths, compéring by the inimitable George Chopping, dancing, drinking, and general merriment. Oh, and cake, of course.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help us mark the occasion – we couldn't be more chuffed to be celebrating our eighth year in this wonderful community. 

It's the Rusty's 8th birthday! There will be cake.

 

Can you believe it? Our own little Rusty Bicycle, where it all began, has now been an East Oxford institution for eight years.

As with all big dates, we think a party is in order, so we’re drafting in old musical friends to play the evening away while all you lovely loyal locals help us mark the occasion with cake and beer. 

Saturday 28th January, 4pm till late. Free entry, including live music (and, of course, birthday cake!) 

Grab a bargain at our January flash sales party

 

On Friday the 27th January we’ll be seeing the month out in style at the Rickety Press.

In addition to the usual live DJs and good times, we’re doing our own version of the January sales, with extraordinary flash deals on food and booze being announced throughout the night – so keep your eyes peeled to grab yourself a bargain!

6pm till late, free entry. 

It's the end of the world as we know it (and we've got the tacos and tequila)

In order to take our minds off the fact that a baked potato is about to be inaugurated as the most powerful man in the world, we thought we’d make the most of what’s left of the good old days and throw a Mexican party. So join us at the Bottle of Sauce on inauguration day for an evening of live DJs, double tasty taco specials, and tequila and mescal aplenty (we’re gonna need it)...

Friday 20th January, free entry, 6pm till late.

New year, new menu...

A massive happy new year from all of us here at Dodo Pub Co.!

2017 is already shaping up to be another exciting year in the pubs, and we can't wait to share more good times with all of you.

Speaking of which...we’re freshening up the menu at all three pubs, and we've got some very excellent new dishes for you to enjoy (if we do say so ourselves). Look out for the return of the Mother Clucker, back by popular demand – plus all-new pizzas like the Affumicato (smoked mozzarella, wild broccoli, kalamata, chilli), and new bowls including the Yum Thai (fresh, healthy, Asian-inspired...basically the perfect antidote to a meat-and-cheese-heavy Christmas).

To finish your meal off, we've got a delicious assortment of PUD POTS, including including vanilla cheesecake, blood orange posset, and salted caramel tart. (We hope your new year's resolutions didn't involve a diet!)

Check out the new menus in all their glory here:

The Rusty Bicycle

The Rickety Press

The Bottle of Sauce

Welcome to the Dodo family, Bottle of Sauce

We had a blast celebrating the grand opening of our newest pub, the Bottle of Sauce, earlier this month. Big thanks to everyone who joined us in Cheltenham to eat, drink, and dance the night away. As you may be able to tell from this little video, there was merriment aplenty…

This is our first venture outside Oxford and we’re absolutely loving being part of this new community. If you haven’t already, pop into the pub and say hi – we’ve got a wide range of craft beverages and cocktails on offer, a mighty menu of burgers and pizzas, plus live events and even a games room (for those of us who are still kids at heart).

If you need a little extra incentive, remember you can get 50% off selected burgers every Monday, 50% off selected pizzas Tuesday-Friday lunchtimes, and 15% off takeaway pizza anytime…yum!

Join the hangover club

It's probably safe to say we've been responsible for a fair few hangovers over the years. We've also suffered from *ahem* one or two ourselves, and we're experts at combatting them.

So from now on we've got a nice little deal for you: have a few drinks at one of our pubs on a Friday or Saturday night, and you'll get a card giving you 25% off brunch between 10AM and 12PM, every Saturday and Sunday. The only thing you'll need to do is actually get up!

New Year's Eve: SORTED

Ready to say a big fat adios to 2016? We are too – so as usual, we're throwing a couple of massive bashes on the 31st December to get the new year off to an appropriately boozy start. Just choose your party:

Join us at the Rusty for a SOUL EXPLOSION. We're serving up southern style soul food and cocktails, with the fabulous BangTailFeathers performing soul classics all night. Dress like you got soul – the best dressed among you will get a free t-shirt!

Or...

Join us at the Rickety for a HIP SHAKIN' NYE. We've got a fifties diner-style menu, happy hour from 6-9pm, and live music from the Crybabies, doing everyone's favourite rock 'n' roll classics all night long. 

Both events from 6pm till (very) late. Buy your tickets from the bar: early bird tickets £10, standard tickets £15, plus free prosecco at midnight so you can ring the new year in right. 

Or...

Join us in Cheltenham at the Bottle of Sauce for a classic new year's lock-in, with free entry, live DJs, and heaps of good food and booze to keep you going all night.

Special Christmas menu coming soon (+ book your parties!)

Not your grandma's brussels sprouts...

Not your grandma's brussels sprouts...

Get your mouth around the McCluckmas this Christmas.

Get your mouth around the McCluckmas this Christmas.

What's that fine-looking specimen above, you ask? Oh, just our delicious brussels sprout pizza, coming soon to a Dodo pub near you, along with other festive menu offerings to help get you in the holiday spirit. 

And since it can no longer be denied that Christmas is around the corner, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you to book your Christmas parties before it's too late! Just fill out our online booking form and we'll sort you out:

To book at the Rusty, click here.

To book at the Rickety, click here.

And to book at the (all new!) Bottle of Sauce in Cheltenham, click here.

Last chance – grab your free tickets to the grand opening of the Bottle of Sauce!

It's nearly here...the GRAND OPENING of our brand new pub, The Bottle of Sauce. The place is all spiffed up and ready to go – all we need now is for you to join us at the corner of Ambrose and Clarence in Cheltenham on Friday the 2nd of December to help us celebrate in style...expect cocktails, canapés, DJs, and more.

To get on the guest list, just make sure you sign up here or shoot us an email at guestlist@thebottleofsauce.com 

See you there!

Book your Christmas party now (and feel smug for the rest of Autumn)

We know, we know, we know: it's only October. It's way too early for Christmas decorations and festive cheer, and we promise not to be too jolly until the leaves have finished falling. BUT, as the forward-thinking among you know, it's basically never too early to book your Christmas party. 

So if you and your company/friends/family/whoever would like to have a very merry knees-up at the Rusty, the Rickety, or the brand new Bottle of Sauce in Cheltenham, get in touch! We do great festive food (including the classic McCluckmas, pictured above), booze and good times for groups of all sizes (and we'll even throw in a load of crackers for extra merriment).

Win tickets to the grand opening of the Bottle of Sauce!

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We’ve been busy flitting between Oxford and Cheltenham this month, preparing to open the latest addition to our little family of pubs: The Bottle of Sauce. 

Everyone’s hard at work getting the place looking spiffy and running smoothly, and while we know that from the photos it may not look like it’ll be open in less than a month, we’re nearly there, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to.

PLUS, we’re giving everyone in our community the chance to win exclusive tickets to the grand opening in November – all you have to do is sign up on the website: http://www.thebottleofsauce.com/

You can also keep up to date with all things Bottle of Sauce-related by following us on Instagram: @thebottleofsauce and Twitter: @bottleofsauceGL

p.s. we’re also recruiting – check out some of the great perks we offer here or drop us a line at hellododo@dodopubs.com if you’re interested in coming to work for us in Cheltenham. 

Hello, new bar...

Hello, new bar...