Much to the relief of people that love tasty Italian pizzas, pastas, salads and delicious desserts, Kendal’s Pizza Express restaurant in Wainwright’s Yard has escaped a cull that’s seen 73 of its UK restaurants close.
The popular restaurant is now one of only a few in the north of England. Situated in the heart of Kendal, it’s at the gateway to the famous Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site. Dining inside you’re reminded of its unique location with the 3D artwork on the walls, and outside there are views to the fells from the al fresco dining on the terrace. The terrace also has slate-backed seats etched with scenes by Alfred Wainwright, MBE, a local fell-walker renowned for his pictorial walking guides to the Lakeland Fells.
Kendal’s Pizza Express is the perfect spot to pull up a chair and enjoy a meal with friends and family, at one of the nation’s favourite Italian restaurants. It’s not just the hand-stretched pizzas, served in a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, but other great dishes, regularly updated, that tempt diners back time and time again.
To book a table, view the menu and see the latest offers visit the Pizza Express website.
A brief history of Pizza Express
1965: Pizza Express founder, the late Peter Boizot, brought a pizza oven from Napoli and a chef from Sicily to open his first restaurant in London’s Soho.
1992: Mr Boizot grew his empire over the following almost-three decades before selling it for £15m to Hugh Osmond and Luke Johnson, the man who was – until recently – chairman of Patisserie Valerie. They floated it on the stock market the next year and ultimately sold out in 1997 when it was worth £150m.
2003: It was taken private again in a £278m deal by two private equity firms who then floated it two years later – although it lasted less than a year on the public markets before it was returned to
private equity hands.
2014: It changed hands again, this time to be acquired for £900m by its current owner, Chinese private equity house Hony Capital.
2020: It has more than 600 restaurants globally: 454 in the UK, including five franchises; 19 in Ireland; 24 in Hong Kong; 6 in Singapore; 14 in UAE; 60 in China; and 49 other international sites
operated by franchisees.