A couple of week’s ago, after a festive skate at Somerset House, we popped into our fave for the whole family restaurant, Pizza Express. We’d never been to the one on The Strand before and I am always a little skeptical about eating in central London because often I find restaurants think they don’t have to bother, knowing their trade is mainly with tourists and not expecting repeat customers, however, it was just as Pizza Express should be and everything was as perfect as it is in our local.
We often visit Pizza Express as a family because I find it provides everything we need. Great food that appeals to all of us and with a big emphasis on the little ones having a great time too. The children’s menu, at £6.95 includes a dough ball starter, pizza or pasta main, desert and a baminoccino which, for my two, seems to be the highlight! They often order a second one and not once have I ever been charged for the extra. We find restaurants can vary but are usually of a very high standard. The only time I’ve had a truly diabolical experience was a long time ago at Westfield in White City which was disappointing as usually, even if something goes wrong with the food on occasions (and of course we’re all human so sometimes a mistake can be made) the staff are brilliant and that just makes up for it as they sort things immediately. But of course it was just one visit in many and it didn’t put us off! I might not go back to the one in White City again but we probably go once a month for a treat elsewhere and we often cash in our Tesco Clubcard points to pay for it which is a super bargain!
For our festive treat meal out we had a great waitress, as per usual, who was very accommodating and allowed us to sit in a big booth when I asked even though there were only four of us and it was at a busy period. We also changed our minds after ordering and she showed no bother at amending it for us. Then of course the food, well, the food was exactly as we wanted it to be – we make funny amendments to the menu to bespoke things just as we like, we are awkward you see but PE are really great at getting it right!
I had assumed, as with most of the special offers in PE, that the festive menu deal wouldn’t work with Tesco Clubcard points but actually, this time, it does and for £19.99 (I think in other venues the deal is cheaper but this was central London prices) you can choose any starter and then a main from the main menu as well as a glass of prosecco. I am a bit of a prosecco connoisseur (well, I drink rather a lot of it anyway) and PE prosecco is one of the most deliciosu I have ever tried! Not too sweet but not dry either, just right and with a real fruity yet non acidic taste. For an extra £3 you can even add a desert so it’s a pretty awesome deal and with the Piccolo menu for the childrena and the destive deal for us the meal was an utter bargain! We added a few extras that we couldn’t resist (we’re very piggy) and had an utterly amazing meal yet again! Like I said, you can choose any main from the menu but we did decide to try the new winter menu dishes and I have to say, sprouts on pizza are amazing – who knew?!
I do review for Pizza Express from time to time where they gift me a meal in return for an honest write up about our experience but on this occasion we absolutely weren’t asked to write anything and we saved our Clubcard points up so that we could have this treat. They were well spent I have to say and we can’t wait to go back again! We may very well go back in between but Florence usually chooses to go for her birthday meal on New Year’s Eve so I’m sure we will be back then at least!
I have to also say that we very much recommend the new Snowball Doughballs which are on the destive menu too! We didn’t try them on this visit but a few days earlier when they launched, Pizza express were giving them away for FREE so we thought it wouldn have ben rude not to!
We love Pizza Express and this visit was one of the best we’ve had!
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