The Pizza Express on The Shore is bright, open and a delight to sit in while the sun shines. It is the only big brand on The Shore. Pizza Express the only recognisable name if you’re a tourist looking for somewhere to eat or have kids with you and don’t fancy the pub. As a result it is venue on The Shore most likely to have loud families or chatting tourists.
I like Pizza Express in general. They came to the market after Pizza Hut and Domino’s Pizza all but wrapped it up. Pizza Express was successful because they made that extra effort. Sure, they cost a little bit more, but sometimes that reassurance is worth paying for.
One of Pizza Express’s efforts is to keep their menu up to date and changing. I enjoy their classic pizzas. I’m yet to have been let down by one. The addition of the pasta is good too and once again they’ve yet to disappoint. The risk and the reward are when Pizza Express try new things on the menu. Right now Pizza Express on The Shore has a range of very thin crust pizzas. They’re healthier but they do struggle to stay warm. I wouldn’t risk ordering one for collection.
I’ve always enjoyed good service at this Pizza Express. They tend to staff up to serve as if the restaurant was full at the sort of times you might expect a city centre restaurant to be busy. This must be expensive but it works. Occasionally, though, the tables aren’t cleared very well.
It’s the location that makes this Pizza Express stand out. The front is less wall and more window. It’s glorious in the summer and if you know you like Pizza Express and want to enjoy the food in a sun trap then pop down to the Shore. There’s an extra cost – eating at this chain means forsaking one of equally good, perhaps better, independents just near by.