I'm a freelance writer living in the Adelaide Hills.
Published January 26th 2019
On the recent 45C Adelaide scorcher, my wife and I made our way to Brighton Beach, where we evaded slow-broiling, by spending the afternoon in the water. As the sun sank in the west, appetites sharpened. We rinsed off in one of Brighton's convenient beach showers and adjourned to the nearby Brighton Esplanade Hotel, where we ordered pizza.
Placed prominently opposite the foreshore and the Brighton War Memorial Arch through which one passes to promenade on the jetty, the hotel has a shaded veranda that offers a beautiful view of the sunset (see photo). In addition, the hotel helps cool outside patrons on a hot day, by releasing water in fine sprays from above. Sunset, cold beer followed by a moderately priced Pinot Noir with pizza: a perfect segue to an afternoon beating the heat.
The pizza list at the Brighton Esplanade Hotel is fairly comprehensive, with a gourmet list as well as the standards. They are all served on a medium-thick, nine-inch (23 cm for you Gen X, Y and Z-ers), relatively light base under the house-made tomato base. We ordered the king prawn and the Espy special and asked for anchovies to be added. To us, the special, or Napoletana style is incomplete without anchovies. The salty overlay elevates the savoury blend from good to great. In Italy, you have to ask for anchovies to be taken off.
The kitchen was busy and we were hungry. The Espy special was half devoured before we agreed the anchovies had been missed. I want to commend the excellent customer service of the Brighton Esplanade Hotel and the duty assistant manager Rhianna, who accepted our observation and gave us a full and prompt refund, without demur.
This venue is a jewel on the Adelaide foreshore, even when it's not 45 in the shade. We all make mistakes but house policy is to wear them and look after the customer.