My lovely friend S recently wrote an article for Metro online about possibly this season’s most genius invention: the Bloody Mary pizza (read it here). A pizza that tastes like a Bloody Mary is a double hangover cure, really; hair of the dog + carbs. So when she suggested going to actually sample it at its home, the Mayfair Pizza Co, one Sunday, I was all over it. I didn’t actually have a hangover, but I was a bit jetlagged, which is almost the same thing.

The Mayfair Pizza Co is in that quaint, flagstoned courtyard just off Brook Street, which always feels quite upmarket, especially around Christmas time (even though it was late October, the nearby stores were already doing a roaring trade. Penhaligons, Jo Malone and the delights of South Molton Street are only a few steps away…). Anyway, the restaurant is reached by a spiral staircase, the walls of which are lined with some quite jolly looking murals of cartoony chefs and pizzas. The space is quite airy and open (there’s a nice skylight to admit every last dreg of late autumn sunshine) and there is some interesting artwork on the walls, including a giant size image of a lovely dog.

The menu is reasonable, and full of comfort-food-y things. We shared a very creamy burrata with grilled peach, and a disgustingly decadent mac and cheese to start. Double cheese, basically. I prefer mac and cheese without breadcrumbs on top (it really does stop you getting the cheese quicker) and this was ideal. Then we both had a Bloody Mary pizza to follow. S’s sounded repulsively healthy – she had the Superfood version with things like squash, cauliflower, broccoli and other vegetables – while I had the BBQ one topped with pulled pork, smoked brisket and vodka-infused pancetta. The tomato sauce on both includes Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and a shot of Belvedere vodka, and did a good job at waking up the palate with a bit of a jolt.

S’s turned out to be delicately flavoured and actually quite moreish; whereas mine was all pig and beef, larded together. Nice. It was actually so filling I could only eat two thirds of it; and as anyone who knows me well, that is not like me. Good value. For dessert we shared a ‘dessert pizza’ filled with nutella and covered in hazelnuts. Served all warm and gooey from the oven, it was all doughy and delicious, though personally I would shoved some banana in there. Just a thought. But if you need to get over a hangover fast, this is the place for you.

Food: 7.5/10

Atmosphere: 6/10

Value for money: 8/10