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Pizza Express launches new base with double the dough.

All about that large classic base.

Pizza Express launches new base with double the dough.

The ‘flour’ is blooming at PizzaExpress this Spring, with the iconic pizzeria
thrilled to announce the introduction of the Large Classic – a delicious new dough innovation – to
coincide with the Spring menu launch.

The Large Classic, launching exclusively via delivery from Tuesday 19th March, is made with double the
amount of dough as the brand’s Classic base and has been designed for sharing, with the additional
dough making for an extra-thick and large base, making it the perfect pizza to enjoy with family,
friends, or on a date night at home.

Alongside the new base, PizzaExpress has also revisited its pizza archives to bring some of the most
legendary pizzas back to the dine-in menu from 19th March, in a ‘You asked for it, we delivered’
moment. With over 53% of the brand’s social followers declaring their desire for the American Hottest
to reappear on the menu, the excitement is building ahead of the return of the nation’s favourite icons.

Three unarchived pizzas will be joined by several new menu items this Spring, including:

• Romana American Hottest: Britain’s hottest American just got hotter! Roll out the red carpet for
the return of the classic flavour combination everyone knows and loves of pepperoni, tomato,
mozzarella, mixed chillis and Gran Milano, with the spicy addition of ‘nduja sausage and chilli oil.

• Soho ‘65: Enjoy a slice of heritage with the return of the Soho ’65, this time on a Calabrese base (a
unique and iconic rectangular pizza), featuring a sensation of flavours including tomato, fresh
buffalo mozzarella, olives, rocket and shaved Gran Milano.

• Romana Vegan Mezze: A burst of flavours will be discovered on this colourful pizza of silky
chargrilled aubergine, tomato, mixed chillis, a smoky tomato harissa, garlic, chili, rocket and a
finishing touch of creamy houmous. This veggie inferno is a returning favourite and will sit among
the brand’s popular vegan and vegetarian dishes, which account for more than 50% of
PizzaExpress’ menu.

Large Classic

An addition to the brand’s renowned Classic and Romana bases, the Large Classic comes as the brand
found customers wanted to bring celebratory moments into their homes – and the sharing size of the
Large Classic delivers on that need. From social get-togethers to quality time at home, PizzaExpress’
Large Classic brings people together through a shared love of pizza.

PizzaExpress Food & Beverage Director Jane Treasure said, “Pizza is the perfect sharing food, and our
new Large Classic is the ideal addition to celebrations at home. With double the dough, the thicker
base remains hotter for longer – ensuring our customers receive only the freshest and tastiest pizza.”

Building on the theme of sharing, home diners will also be delighted with the introduction of two
additional new delivery items on the Spring menu:

• Double Dough Balls Doppio: Loads (in fact 32!) of the brand’s iconic Dough Balls served with
garlic butter, basil and pine kernel pesto and smoky tomato harissa, because, let’s be honest,
there’s never enough!

• Garlic Bread with Mozzarella Sharer: A delicious flatbread topped with creamy mozzarella
and garlic – a real crowd pleaser.

Even More This Spring

The nation’s most loved pizzeria hasn’t stopped there, with additional delicious dishes and drinks
springing onto the menu this month, including:

• Calzone Chicken Italiano: Chicken lovers rejoice… with slow-cooked succulent pulled chicken, a
creamy béchamel sauce, mozzarella, delicious basil and pine kernel pesto and slow-roasted
tomatoes – what’s not to love?

• Mushroom Arancini: A Sicilian classic enters the PizzaExpress menu with these crispy, golden
risotto balls, filled with mixed mushrooms and melting provolone cheese, served with Italian
tomato sauce and rocket.

• Romana Double American Cheese: A twist on the brand’s popular American – but with twice the
pepperoni – now available in pizzerias.

• Classic Chicken & Bacon (delivery exclusive): With a base of Italian tomato sauce, topped with
tender chicken, crispy Italian pancetta, roasted red and yellow peppers, creamy mozzarella and
parsley, this pizza is made for enjoying on your next night in.

• New cocktails: From the ‘pretty in pink’ Raspberry Cosmo Spritz, to a fruity Pimm’s Summer
Cup, and new floral Elderflower G&T, PizzaExpress’ new cocktails are made for sipping on Spring

Those who dine at PizzaExpress this Spring can also join the PizzaExpress Club, which provides
incredible rewards every time customers dine, from Dough Balls at Bronze to a free child’s meal and
more at Gold. Find out more at

To learn more about PizzaExpress, visit

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Starbucks is now open at The Rock

Our new Starbucks store, operated by Starbucks equity, is now open at The Rock Shopping Centre and has created 20 new jobs.  

Customers are invited to enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Starbucks® UK proudly serves a broad range of dairy alternative options for free. Customers can also try Starbucks Eggs Bites now available with Red Pepper and Spinach. 

We are excited to open our new store and look forward to welcoming the local community. 

The store has a contemporary design and offers customers the opportunity to enjoy a handcrafted cup of coffee and relax with the comfortable seating and free wi-fi. Customers can also order via the Starbucks® UK App, available for iPhone® and Android™, via Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat. 

Starbucks is committed to 100% ethically sourced coffee in partnership with Conservation International. The cornerstone of our ethical sourcing approach to buying coffee is Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices.     

Starbucks offers a 25p discount to all customers who bring a reusable cup when purchasing a drink.   

The new store is open from 07.00am – 07:00pm Monday to Saturday. Thursday will be extended to 8.00pm for late night shopping and  09.00am – 5pm on Sundays. 

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Racconto Lounge set to open at The Rock

A new family-friendly restaurant will open its doors at The Rock this November.

Racconto Lounge, owned by West Country based restaurant/café/bar group The Lounges, is set to open on November 22nd, creating 25 new jobs.

The Lounges has spent £582,000 transforming the site into a retro-inspired cosy retreat, where eclectic art work and quirky curios sit next to oversized vintage sofas and old school benches, strikingly painted table tops and statement lighting, in the eclectic style much loved by Lounge aficionados.

Particular attention has been paid to families – there is a fine selection of games and books, colouring pencils and pads, a full menu just for Little Loungers and high chairs and baby-change facilities are available for the tiny ones.

Mike Butler, Operations Manager, The Lounges, said: “We’re really looking forward to throwing open the doors at Racconto Lounge and showing the locals how to lounge in style. The team are looking forward to becoming part of the community and will support local groups and initiatives wherever possible.”

A community notice board is available for those wanting to publicise events and a book swap area is kept well stocked.  The team will also be holding regular fund-raising events as part of their commitment to making a difference in the community. With this in mind the team have chosen to support the Re-Build Bury charity which helps people living in disadvantaged situations. Racconto Lounge will donate 50p from every burger and 10p from every coffee sold from their first month of trading to the charity.

Racconto Lounge will cater for all tastes throughout the day.  Whether you’re looking for the best coffee in town, a business lunch with colleagues or a lazy all-day brunch, Racconto Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind.  The all-day menu features everything from their famous authentic tapas and Hero Burger to Tin Pan Louie’s beef chilli, packed paninis and the best mac and cheese you’ve ever tasted… or there’s the ever-changing specials board.  Little people, vegans and those favouring a gluten-free diet are well catered for with their very own menus.

Arnold Wilcox-Wood, Centre Director at The Rock, said: “We believe Racconto Lounge will be a great addition to our tenant mix and will complement our existing offering very well.

“Our new restaurant development is part of a plan to improve the evening economy offer and joins up The Rock with the rest of the town centre. This opening marks the start of another exciting chapter for The Rock – Bury’s premier retail and leisure destination.

“We look forward to welcoming the restaurant and their team and we’re confident it will be a huge hit with our visitors.”


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Five things you didn’t know about Thai New Year

There are many different ways we celebrate New Year all over the world, from western countries letting off fireworks to the Chinese having their lion dance and lanterns. However, Thailand has one of the most unusual ways of celebrating New Year, and this is known as Songkran Festival.

Never heard of it before? Here’s some facts so you can find out more, who knows it might prompt you to visit Thailand, or failing that you can always head to Pum Thai for an authentic flavour of Thailand without the 14 hour plane journey.

  • Thai New Year also known as ‘Songkran’ was actually derived from“Sankranti”, which means “to move or to change”
  • Celebrated from 13 April – 15 April Songkran is regarded as the longest holiday in Thailand
  • Songkran originated in Burma and is also celebrated in other countries such as Vietnam and Laos
  • Thai’s believe that a day before the celebration of Songkran, the housewives must clean their house and remove all the rubbish. Otherwise, it might bring them bad luck for the remaining months of the year. As part of the belief, Buddha images should be washed carefully so as to bring good fortune to house owners.
  • A large part of the festival includes a communal water fight. Armed with water guns and water containers, travellers and natives including children throw water upon others, which symbolizes cleansing and rejuvenating of their bodies

Why not celebrate Thai New Year with Pum Thai? They will be offering buy one get one free on Singha, so you can toast the Thai New Year with Thailand’s number one selling beer, and there will be 25% off the a’la carte menu from 13th – 15th April (food only).

Call now to book on 0161 879 5469.


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