Pizza Express, Newport, South Wales
The Welsh city of Newport, located on the M4, between Cardiff and Bristol just over the unimaginatively named Second Severn Crossing (why not the Princess Diana Memorial Bridge or something more inspiring?!) has continued to improve in many ways over the last two or three years having gone from a bit of a forgotten town, sorry city, to one that is becoming hard to forget!
The entire city centre is being completely revamped with a new Debenhams, TopShop, River Island all anchoring themselves there once the Friar’s Walk Shopping Centre is complete, along with many well known restaurants as well as plenty of independent retailers based in the city.
Due to it’s excellent location on the M4 and the Swansea to London mainline railway, the city hosted the Ryder cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 and will shortly be hosting the NATO Summit in September 2014.
There is a certain buzz about the place at the moment with new houses being built on the outskirts and in the city centre as well as some very good out of town retail parks, including the Newport Retail Park which has recently seen additional retail and food and drink offers coming in from Costa, Caffe Nero, soon to be Nando’s as well as Pizza Express which we recently visited.
The design of the new Pizza Express and Nando buildings work very well in the retail park and creates an ideal alternative to a coffee and panini at lunchtime.
This particular Pizza Express had only been open a couple of weeks when we visited. We were welcomed by some very friendly staff and shown to our seats. Having had a busy day we had only just stopped for lunch at nearly 4pm so were very hungry!
The waiter brought us some garlic bread, which as always at Pizza Express was absolutely superb.
We usually pick one of our favourites from the regular menu, such as Lasagne or a La Reine pizza, but the very helpful manager convinced us that if we like something with a bit of a kick we should try the Romana American Hot pizza with extra Roquito peppers!
We both went for his recommendation which was incredibly tasty and is now highly recommended by us! I’m not sure I’d have anything else next time I visit a Pizza Express because it was that good.
If you’re in Newport on business then this very friendly, beautifully fitted out and well air-conditioned restaurant is certainly worth your time and money, especially as you can park right outside free and do some shopping at the same time if you want to.
Many of the seats are in a booth format which makes meetings more private and creates a very conducive environment. There is also Cloud Wifi meaning connecting and working over lunch is easy.
Overall it was excellent, and following the recent takeover of the Pizza Express chain by Chinese firm Hony Capital, let’s hope the excellent quality remains, we are very hopeful it will, that way we will enjoy visiting some overseas Pizza Express restaurants in the future as the expansion is set to continue!
What we ate and drank:
2 Garlic Bread
2 Aqua Panna (still water)
1 Glass Pinot Grigio
2 Romana American Hot Pizzas
2 Americano with cold milk
Total: £48.85 (including 50p donation to the Cycle Slam 2014).
Newport Retail Park
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