Pershore Patty Meets Leo Hopley – Kitchen Manager at The Rustic Pizza Company, Bewdley

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Leo Hopley at The Rustic Bewdley

Pershore Patty meets Leo Hopley, Kitchen Manager at The Rustic Bewdley to ask a few personal questions and for a general nose.

Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business.

My father owns and runs Hopley’s Family Campsite in Bewdley. This is where The Rustic Pizza Company began and I’ve been a part of it from the start. First as a pizza oven boy and now as the burger cook.

Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?

Sunday July 28th we’re holding a food festival here at The Rustic Pizza Shack, showcasing local food, with local music and there will be other activities on throughout the day too.

What makes your business unique?

Its location

Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?

Original Patty Men

Last thing you watched on TV?

SAS: Who Dares Wins

Which person in your life do you most admire and why?

My Father for working so hard to make the campsite and Rustic what it is today.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

A Foodie Card

What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?

Beef burger on a bbq

What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?

BLT + cheese

Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?

DJ BBQ as he’d throw a good party too

What is the most annoying habit that other people have?

Bad manners

If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Burgers, cheese and salads

What’s your claim to fame?

Played a gig with Robert Plant in the audience and he told us the band was great

Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?

Asado (Bristol)

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Follow what you’re passionate about

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?


What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?

I got to speak to Murph from The Beefy Boys at Easton Chilli Festival

Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.

Coleman’s English Mustard

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

A musician

What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?

The ‘Leo Special’ consists of a good helping of pepperoni, red onion, brie, caramelised onion and jalapeños.

What was the worst job you ever held and why?

Doing the strimming for my Dad around the campsite, because I’d find the presents dogs had left behind

Favourite band?

Will And The People

What was the last thing you ate?


Favourite cut of steak?


What website do you visit most often?


What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?

Sleep for a whole week

What do you hope never changes?

My love for burgers

Chicken Burger at The Rustic Pizza Company
Photo credit – The Rustic Pizza Company
Located at the top of the picturesque town of Bewdley, you will find the beautiful Hopley’s Campsite that houses the Rustic Pizza Company. Boasting a wood fired pizza oven, juicy homemade burgers, and local brewery beers on draft and in bottles; all the while overlooking marvellous scenery.
On the colder evenings, expect the warmth of a crackling fire, while summertime brings the opportunity to enjoy a sun baked terrace. There are live music and vinyl nights a plenty, always serviced by welcoming staff, allowing for a family friendly atmosphere making sure The Rustic Pizza Company has all the makings for a fabulous evening.

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