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Pizza Express Kendal Review

Pizza Express Kendal Review

Let’s face it, here in Kendal we are utterly spoilt for great places to eat. Kendal has very few ‘chain’ restaurants and most are independents.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in ‘Italian’ Switzerland and while there we ate great pizza, but it wasn’t a patch on our ‘local’ pizzeria – Pizza Express in Wainwright’s Yard.

It’s funny, I don’t class Pizza Express as part of a national chain as it always feels so local. This is a huge credit to the staff who are always superb!

Pizza Express Kendal Review

My son and I visited during the early part of the Easter Holidays and we quite simply had a very lovely time. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and they are brilliant at making sure the children are catered for. Plus with the new Spring Menu there are some awesome sounding additions:

“Make date night a great night with our spring pizzas. Which will you choose? Our ever-popular spicy Barbacoa and creamy Margherita Bufala are making a comeback, and we’ll be saying “well hello” to a new vegan pizza – the Vegan Mezze – a delicious combination of chargrilled aubergine, spicy harissa and creamy houmous.

So what else is new? Starters include Rosemary & Garlic Flatbread with Houmous and the Burrata Italia – a rich, creamy-centred cheese served on peppery rocket, with chargrilled aubergines, artichokes & slow-roasted tomatoes.

Pud-wise we have Eton Mess ‘PizzaExpress’ and our Warm Lemon Sponge Cake, sponge with a soft lemon curd centre, served with vanilla gelato and fresh raspberries.”

My son and I tend to be creatures of habit though and he went with Doughballs to start and the ‘white’ pepperoni pizza.

Pizza Express Kendal Review

This is for children who don’t like the tomato sauce, so just comes with cheese, it seems it is very common though and never too much trouble, just ask for your child’s pizza without the tomato base sauce.

He finished off with an ice-cream and ‘Bambinoccino’ warm frothed milk with chocolate sprinkles.

Pizza Express Kendal Review

As always in Pizza Express – a very content child!

I went for the ‘American Hot’ that isn’t really all that hot, just a nice warming heat for an early evening meal + of course an ice cold Peroni, not forgetting a generous splash of Green Tabasco!

In my opinion, this is the best pizza in town. It’s consistently superb, always served with a smile, and the restaurant has a great vibe!

We booked using the app, again, it’s superb. It has all the information you need and special offers of the day/week to help you decide and whet the appetite before you even arrive!

Pizza Express Kendal Review

So that is Spring at Pizza Express Kendal. We are now very much looking forward to Summer so that we can sit outside and eat al fresco!

Review by Ian Wood & Freddie Wood.

Ian Wood is a professional photographer specialising in Fashion and Commercial Photography from his studio on Dockray Hall, and on location throughout the UK and Europe.

Cocktail making masterclass with Slate Bar, Kendal

Fancy trying your hand at the art of cocktail making? Get that perfect shaker technique and learn to make your favourite tipple with the team at Slate Bar and café in Wainwright’s Yard, Kendal.

The atmosphere in the bar is cool and their fun and friendly ‘masterclasses’ are about an hour and a half long; they’re great for teaching you all the skills you need to host an event at home. They could also be a great addition to a work party, hen or stag do, friends gathering or birthday celebration. Just take it in turns to make your three or four cocktails together in the upstairs bar. Then enjoy drinking them all in-between…

Start your morning with a Bloody Mary, then finish your evening with a Miss Morgan Martini – just an idea! Here’s some we’d like to try:

It’s the Bar’s current favourite – a Miss Morgan Martini: Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, passoa, pineapple and lime.

cocktail masterclass Kendal

For those who like a gin – here’s a Bramble: Bombay Sapphire, lemon, creme de cassis and crushed ice.

cocktail masterclass Kendal

And more those who like more gin, a Cucumber and Elderflower Collins: Bombay sapphire, cucumber, apple juice, lemon and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

cocktail masterclass Kendal

Slate Bar and café also serve great Carvetti coffee which is roasted here on the doorstep in Cumbria. And there’s a load of juice-based cocktails and other refreshing drinks if you want to keep your alcohol limit down.

We’d recommend pairing your masterclass with some food; the team have some lovely rustic platters you can tailor to your tastes. Nibbles include Staff of Life bread, olives, pickles, cheeses, houmous and charcuterie – serrano hams, chorizos and salamis.

Slate Bar and café is open 7 days a week from 10am – 11pm. There’s no cost for the masterclass – the price simply covers the usual cost of the cocktails (which range from £4 – £7.50). To find out more, or tailor-make your cocktail making masterclass with Hannah, drop her an email at



Easter in Wainwright’s Yard

This time of the year seems to hold the most promise of good things to come: from days that are lengthening and weather that is brightening to lambs and spring flowers that are bursting forth.

The Easter break is a great time to stop and celebrate this fab time of year with friends and family. In Wainwright’s Yard you will find plenty of ways to do this with food, fashion and Easter goodies for baskets, hunts and decorative touches.

Let’s start with a traditional Easter egg hunt, inside or out, depending on the weather. Lay a trail of foil eggs, Booths have plenty, hidden in clever places like coat pockets, bookshelves, window ledges or under and around plant pots.

You could even turn it into a learning or mindfulness game with a challenge to find a rainbow of colours. The reward could be the biggest Easter egg ever or, our personal favourite imported from America – the Easter box or basket.

This is the best excuse ever to present your nearest and dearest, of any age, with a lucky dip of small gifts. For a baby’s first Easter, it could be teething toys, the softest rabbit – like these from Armstrong Ward – or a picture book.

For a toddler, there are some delightful little egg cups at La Maison – also good for a snack-sized handful of raisins.

For boys and girls, a basket of art supplies, windup toys, and a lovely chocolate egg like this from Armstrong Ward, will always be very well received.

For the teenager, who will also love to find a chocolate fix, your basket could include a bamboo face cloth or other beauty treats in stock at Armstrong Ward.

And don’t forget the adults – pop in some snazzy socks or a scarf to effortlessly elevate an outfit. There’s a great selection at Maya Maya.

So get your Easter weekend sorted and hop into Wainwright’s Yard with your shopping list.

Bunny shaped Easter crumpets

If any food is the edible embodiment of a hug it has to be the crumpet. It is capable of transforming an afternoon into a cosy teatime affair, a mid-morning work break into a moment to savour and a weekend breakfast becomes a lovely lazy way to start the day. So it’s double our delight to find there are very cute bunny shaped crumpets to eat at Easter.

For over a decade Lakeland Bake in Carlisle has been producing crumpets using baking machinery, designed and built by them, which has the capacity to produce two million crumpets a week. Imagine that. And at Easter it’s producing adorable rabbit shaped crumpets which you can buy in Booths in Wainwright’s Yard.

If you are stuck for what to put on your bunny crumpet – and many would say it’s the perfect vehicle for butter and butter alone – here are some suggestions. With experts saying if the topping is too saucy you could end up with a wet, mushy crumpet, we think these are just the right consistency and a perfect partner.

Look to the other end of the county for a savoury topping on your Lakeland Bake crumpet with Morecambe Bay shrimps in mace butter.

Slice a strong mature cheddar and place generous slabs on top of warm, buttered crumpets.

Mash a banana, with a pinch of cinnamon, and top with some blueberries.

Keep it simple with a generous blob of lovely, rich homemade jam.

Or go fancy with French toast crumpet style – coat the crumpet in a beaten egg-mix, fry until golden and finish with chocolate hazelnut spread.

And yes there is such a thing as a chocolate crumpet. The Great British Celebrity Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood divided viewers when he asked Jeremy Paxman, Joe Wilkinson, Sally Lindsay and Georgia Toffolo to create “six chocolate crumpets with a rich black cherry jam”. Something for the team at Lakeland Bake to consider making?

Shop to let Kendal

Could Wainwright’s Yard be the new home for your business?

Imagine floor to ceiling windows dressed beautifully with seasonal goodies in the heart of Kendal. With a newly vacant unit to let, we could be home to your business.

Wainwright’s Yard is filled with a great mix of shops and cafes – some independent, some family run, and some big brands too.

Whether you’re searching for that perfect relocation, or you’re about to make your independent business owner dreams a reality – we could be the right spot for you.

The unit is right in the middle of the Yard. Friendly neighbours include family-run Booths supermarket, high street brand Crew Clothing and restaurant chain Pizza Express.

 Architect – Corstorphine and Wright. Photography – Daniel Shearing

Our independent shops are all a little different which is what makes them stand out from the crowd. If you’re after some inspiration from one of our longest-standing owners, call into Armstrong Ward. Husband and wife team Jacqueline and Andrew’s story spans 15 years; in which, they’ve grown from 35 supplier products on one floor, to a two-storey emporium of 200 makers with a café and busy online store for those that can’t make it to the town. It’s definitely a place that you just can’t leave empty-handed, but what they’re most proud of is the loyalty, friendship and sense of community that has grown within the shop.

Just over a year ago we welcomed Pomegranate and Sage to the Yard. A contemporary deli where owner, Tony, takes his foodie inspiration from a previous career travelling the world. The buzz around this deli really adds to the lively atmosphere in the Yard.

Lakeland kitchens are the latest to join us (March 2019). They’re a longstanding family run business who craft and install beautifully designed kitchens and bedrooms.

If you want to find out more about retailing in Kendal and joining the team of tenants in this lovely Yard, the letting particulars are available at Emanuel Oliver on 0151 236 6700 (and they are on twitter @EOproperty)

Blooming lovely and hassle-free artificial plants

You only have to glance at Pinterest to know that adding greenery indoors is a big trend. If you want the look but you’re not so green-fingered, faux is the way to go.

The artificial plants taking over the high street are excellent quality and they could be a one-off purchase that will brighten your home for years, so they are also great value for money.

Looking after the real deal can mean a lot of love and care, but we’ve picked some of our favourite faux’s from Wainright’s Yard in Kendal where there’s absolutely no maintenance required. Just pick your favourite succulent, grass or bright bloom and they’ll add instant colour to liven up your home this spring. Top tip: use a fabric spray on them and they’ll even smell like the real deal.

Roses blooming at Armstrong Ward – perfect for a stand-out table centrepiece

artificial flowers Kendal.

Succulents in monochrome pots from La Maison meet an on-trend Scandi-style, great for grouping together in bathrooms or small spaces.

And taller grasses or blooms in textured pots from La Maison will add warmth to a living room space.

Our very own faux hanging basket, brightening the independent ladies clothing store, Maya Maya.

If you’re not keen on going all-faux, Booths in Wainwright’s Yard have plenty of real plants to experiment with. Get some inspiration for a hanging basket, or grow your own wildflower garden and be kind to nature at the same time with their spring bulbs.