At the beginning of January, we set about injecting a little cheer into what can be a dreary month by adorning our red peppermills with some seasonable attire in the shape of woolly hats and scarves.
The mini woollen striped sets have proved so popular that an estimated 15,000 have vanished from our restaurants across the country!
In an effort to halt the problem, we are declaring a nationwide amnesty, and encouraging anyone who may have seen or ‘borrowed’ the mini knitwear to return it in the next seven days.
As a reward for your honesty, anyone returning the hat and scarf sets will receive a free pizza, but only between Thursday 28th January and Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
Such has been the enthusiasm for the miniature knits that fans have been posting their own creative images on Twitter and Instagram.
Those who’ve visited PizzaExpress but resisted the temptation to ‘borrow’ the outfits will also have the chance to win a reward. Take a picture of the peppermill still clothed in its outfit on your table in a creative way and upload to Twitter or Instagram using #pizzaexpressmoments. The best pictures will win a gift card.
Come and visit a PizzaExpress to see the little outfits on the peppermills, before they all disappear.
Terms and conditions:
· Only valid when dining in. This can’t be used for takeaways or Delivery
· The peppermill’s hat and scarf must be presented to a team member as soon as you get into the restaurant.
· Only valid from Thursday 28th January – Wednesday 3rd February
· Piccolo menu excluded
· Classic or Leggera pizza, pasta or salad (including our Winter Special Pennette Formaggi). We’ll knock the cheapest item off the bill.
· No cash exchange. This offer cannot be used alongside other promotions or set menus (including Tesco/Nectar codes, NUS extra and Tastecard)
‘Roses are red, violets are blue, pizza is sensational, and so are you’ – PizzaExpress, 2016.
Calling all poets! As Valentine’s Day approaches, we want to hear your poems about our one true love: pizza. You can write a ballad, a ditty, an epic or a haiku; as long as the words express how you feel for pizza, we’re happy to read them.
If we love your effort, not only will we give you a delicious Valentine’s Day meal on the house, but we’ll also have your poem read out by the legendary Brian Blessed in the near future. Share your entry in the comments section on Facebook posts requesting entries to be in with a chance of winning.
The competition begins on Tuesday 19th January 2016 and ends on Friday 29th January 2016 at 5pm; the winners will be contacted after this period.
Ten individuals will win a £50 of PizzaExpress gift card.
T’s and C’s: The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. The winner will be contacted on Facebook with instructions on how to claim their prize. Entrants are encouraged to monitor their Facebook account during this period to check if they are a winner. The winner will then need to confirm they would like to accept their prize by following the details on the message within two days of the Promoter’s initial public message. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available.
This promotion, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it (including the prize), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this Promotion (including the prize)
Throughout January, we’ll be sharing salad recipes with you that can be made at home easily. They just so happen to go very well with our delicious salad dressings, available in supermarkets nationwide! Make the recipe and post a photo of it on Facebook for a chance to win a £50 Asda gift card and a hamper of our salad dressings.
Terms and conditions
The competition runs from 18/01/2016-24/01/2016 at 9pm. Winners will be contacted via Facebook with instructions on how to claim their prize within 3 working days of the competition end date. Entries must comply with Facebook Terms of Service. The Promoter will select winners randomly from valid entries submitted. Entrants are encouraged to monitor their Facebook account during this period to check if they’ve won. The winners will need to confirm that they accept the prize by complying with the details in the message within 2 working days of the Promoter’s initial contact/ public message. By submitting an entry, entrants agree that the Promoter has exclusive and unreserved rights to use entries without exception for future promotional activity without further remuneration to them. No cash alternative or alternative prize permitted. Promoter: PizzaExpress, Hunton House, Highbridge Estate, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX.
Santa knocking at your door with FREE pizzas galore!
For those left in London toiling away over the Christmas period, we wanted to make your day that bit brighter. Get PizzaExpress Delivered between 21st and 31st December 2015, and if Santa arrives at your door, the entire order will be FREE. Just order as normal and through the magic of Christmas, we won’t charge your card.
Rudolph is resting up for Christmas day, instead Santa is going electric with our battery powered scooters. For every photo of him whizzing around tagged #PEDelivered on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, we’ll add you to a prize draw for a £50 voucher.
Christmas is coming
We also have 20 Coca-Cola Mini Trucks to give away. Add a Coca-Cola product to your order, and Santa may bring one of those too (First come first served while Santa is on shift )
Remember we currently deliver to selected postcodes in central London. But many more coming soon. We deliver to EC1N, EC1M, EC1Y, EC1A, EC1R, EC1V (excluding EC1V 9), EC2N, EC2R, EC2V, EC2Y, EC3, EC4, WC2A, WC1R, W1, W2 2, SW1Y.
PizzaExpress Delivered ‘Merry Moments’ Terms and Conditions
1. This promotion is open to residents in the UK who live in a one (1) mile radius of a PizzaExpress Delivered site (13-14 Thayer Street, London, W1U 3JS and / or 7-9 Saint Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AS) aged 18 or over.
2. Available between 21st – 30th December 2015 inclusive for delivery orders only.
3. Place a delivery order with your local PizzaExpress Delivered site during our Merry Moments promotion period for your chance to win a free of charge delivery order by our PizzaExpress Delivered Santa.
4. The lucky customers who receive a delivery from our designated PizzaExpress Delivered Santa, will have their entire delivery order refunded via their payment method.
5. PizzaExpress Delivered commit to giving away a minimum of £500 worth of free of charge delivery orders during this promotion.
6. Prizes must be accepted as granted. No substitutions or cash equivalent payment will be allowed, and no refund or transfers will be permitted unless the Promoter agrees otherwise in writing. For the exception of our delivery meal deals, cannot be used with other promotions / voucher codes.
7. Prize winners agree to allow the Promoter to use their name and image for advertising and publicity purposes without additional remuneration during and after this Promotion.
9. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.
10. The Promoter claims full and unreserved copyright to all participants details without exception.
11. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence or in respect of fraud and in so far as is permitted by law, the Promoter (including its associated companies, officers, employees and agents) exclude responsibility and all liabilities arising to participants or otherwise as a result of the promotion; whether direct, indirect, special or consequential loss, arising in any way out of the promotion, including, but not limited to, where arising out of the following:
a. any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control);
b. any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference;
c. any claim or order that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter;
d. any tax liability incurred by the entrant; or
e. use of the prize. The Promoter (including its associated companies, officers, employees and agents) shall not be liable for any postponement, cancellation, delay, changes to the promotion or failure to fulfil its obligations where such failure is caused by any event(s) outside the reasonable control of the Promoter (including without limitation the act or default of any third party supplier).
12. This promotion, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it (including the prize), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this Promotion (including the prize)
PizzaExpress Delivered ‘Snap a Santa (#PEDelivered)’ Terms and Conditions
Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions, and agreed to be bound by them, when entering this Competition
Who May Enter
This Competition (#PEDelivered) is open to residents of UK (excluding Northern Ireland) aged 18 or over. You’ll need a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account to take part.
Employees (or family members of employees) of any group company of the Promoter, companies associated with the Competition and all affiliates of such companies may not enter this Competition.
How to Enter
To take part in this Competition, simply take a photo of a our PizzaExpress Delivered Santa whilst he is out and about on his delivery bike and post it to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page with the hashtag “#PEDelivered”.
Your photo must not feature any third party copyright works (e.g. logos, brand names, artwork, etc) and must comply with the Facebook, Instagram or Twitter Terms of Service (as appropriate).
Your entry must not include people for whom you do not have the permission to take a picture for. Where your picture includes people under the age of 18 years, you must have the permission of their parent or guardian to do so.
The Competition winner will be randomly selected in a prize draw.
This Competition is open from 21st December 2015 until 23:59 on 30th December 2015 inclusive.
In the first instance, the winner will be notified via the social media platform through which they entered the Competition. Subsequently, the Promoter will ask the winner to contact them at an address that will be provided to them by the Promoter.
If a winner is not able, for any reason, to accept a prize, or cannot be contacted by the Promoter within seven (7) days of the first attempt to notify them, the Promoter then reserves the right to award the prize to another Entrant.
By entering the Competition, Entrants agree that the Promoter has exclusive and unreserved rights to use their entries in any current or future publicity materials or promotional activity without additional remuneration during and/ or after this Competition.
Entries must not be made through agents or third parties. Incomplete entries will be disqualified and will not be included.
If the Promoter has grounds to suspect any entrant of cheating, deception, fraudulent or unsportsman-like conduct of any kind (including, without limitation, manipulating the Competition, choice of any prize winner or any entry), the Promoter reserves the right (at its sole discretion) to disqualify any Entrant, entry or person it reasonably believes to be responsible for, or associated with, such activity.
The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.
The winner of the prize draw will receive a PizzaExpress Gift Card worth £50, which can be redeemed when dining in one of our Restaurants only
For every picture of our PizzaExpress Delivered Santa posted on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page with the hashtag “#PEDelivered”, the Promoter will donate £1 to its registered charity partner MacMillan Cancer Support. The Promoter commits a maximum of £1000 in donations.
There is one prize available to be won. The prize must be accepted as granted. No substitutions or cash equivalent payment will be allowed, and no refund or transfer will be permitted unless the Promoter agrees otherwise in writing.
The winner will receive their prize no later than twenty-eight (28) days after the close of the Competition.
The Promoter claims full and unreserved copyright to all Entrant’s details without exception.
Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence or in respect of fraud and in so far as is permitted by law, the Promoter (including its associated companies, officers, employees and agents) excludes responsibility and all liabilities arising to Entrants or otherwise as a result of the Competition; whether direct, indirect, special or consequential loss, arising in any way out of the Competition, including, but not limited to, where arising out of the following:
any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control);
any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference;
any claim or order that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter;
any tax liability incurred by the entrant; or
use of the prize. The Promoter (including its associated companies, officers, employees and agents) shall not be liable for any postponement, cancellation, delay, changes to the Competition or failure to fulfil its obligations where such failure is caused by any event(s) outside the reasonable control of the Promoter (including without limitation the act or default of any third party supplier).
Please note that this Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. By entering into this Competition, you acknowledge that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have no responsibility for this Competition and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, you release Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from any liability whatsoever in connection with this Competition.
This Competition, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it (including the prize), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this Competition (including the prize).
Our Christmas menu has launched! Pork and Pancetta Croquettes, Roasted Lamb Romana, Smoked Salmon Rillette, Romana Sprout and Pancetta, Chocolate and Orange Torte, Salted Caramel Profiteroles and, of course, Snowball Dough Balls. See you soon? www.pizzaexpress.com
It’s November, which can mean only one thing: our festive dishes are coming to the menu! To celebrate, we are holding our second ‘Free Snowball Dough Ball Day’ on Thursday 12th November! Just visit any PizzaExpress and say ‘Free Snowball Dough Balls’ to claim your totally free portion on takeaway (no additional purchase necessary) or eat in (with the purchase of a main course). Christmas is (sort of) here!
Once you’ve picked up your free portion, please tweet/Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat us using #FreeSnowballDoughBallDay so we can see your joyful faces.
Terms and conditions:
* On Thursday12th November 2015, customers canclaim one free serving of Snowball Dough Balls at any PizzaExpress restaurant in the UK and any Milano restaurant in Ireland
* You just need to say ‘FREE SNOWBALL DOUGH BALLS’ to redeem the offer
* Offer cannot be transferred or substituted, and no cash alternative will be offered
* Offer not available with PizzaExpress Delivered
* You can redeem the offer via takeaway (no additional purchase necessary) or eat in (with the purchase of a main course), and take advantage of any other current PizzaExpress offers including Tesco and Nectar vouchers/codes for which they are eligible.
Launching across the UK from Tuesday 6th October, our new menu embraces comforting Autumnal ingredients and combines them with new iconic flavours to create a delicious new range of dishes.
Mouth-wateringly delicious Calamari (£6.20) will be added to the menu as a starter this autumn.
Calamari rings are lightly coated in breadcrumbs to produce the delightful combination of textures, which makes Calamari so popular. Served simply with a wedge of lemon and Caesar dressing, this lovely little dish will set the scene for the rest of the meal.
Risotto has long been a menu favourite at PizzaExpress and now risotto fans can rejoice as yet another variety is added to the menu. The new Risotto Mio GF V N(£5.90)combines chestnut and closed cup mushrooms with truffle to create a warming, sophisticated dish.
A new addition to the ‘Al Forno’ range, the Pennette Bolognese (£11.40) is a comforting oven baked dish.
Made using rich beef and porcini mushroom ragu, this dish has real depth and is topped with Gran Milano cheese, to add even more intensity to the dish. A real heart-warming and comforting dish for cold autumn and winter nights.
Earlier this year PizzaExpress ran a competition, ‘Create Your New Favourite’ to find a new pizza recipe to add to their menu. With over 60,000 entries, it was hard work to pick a winner, but Patricia Moroney’s creation was a clear winner, with the public vote choosing it over the other four finalists.
The winning pizza is the Romana Autunno (£13.60).
Inspired by the colours of autumn, with red chorizo, orange butternut squash and dark green spinach, combined with the creaminess of goat’s cheese and the warmth of chilli flakes, this dish embraces the very best things about the season.
In addition to the winning pizza, they’ll be other varieties launching on the menu this October.
Cheese fans of the world rejoice, for there is finally a pizza which indulges all cheese dreams. The new Formaggi 65 V (£11.00 Classic/£12.75 Romana) combines mozzarella with buffalo mozzarella and Gran Milano cheese before being baked. A final shaving of Gran Milano and an olive in the middle complete this cheese delight.
The new Soho 65 V(£11.55 Classic/£13.30 Romana), named after the birthplace of PizzaExpress, in Soho in 1965, this is a simple pizza made more flavoursome with the addition of creamy buffalo mozzarella.
A simple base of passata and mozzarella with black olives is cooked in the oven and then topped with rocket, shaved gran Milano and torn buffalo mozzarella. Also available with an upgrade of cured Italian meats (£1.75).
Napoletana 65 (£11.55 Classic/£13.30 Romana) is another celebration of PizzaExpress’ original recipes. A combination of delicious olives, capers and anchovies – all ingredients which have been on the menu since 1965.
This pizza is baked without cheese, and fresh buffalo mozzarella is torn onto the top before serving, to smooth out the punchy flavours in the base.
New to the menu this season, the Potato Nocciola V GF (£3.30)are a great accompaniment to any meal.
These small fluffy potato noisettes are baked in the oven and then served with Gran Milano cheese and fresh parsley. A great crunchy, fluffy mouthful of potato. Try with a drizzle of truffle oil to add extra punch.
An Italian take on the traditional doughnut, Bombolini V (£5.95)are small doughnut balls with a jam centre.
Baked in the oven and served with gelato, these are a great little dessert to round off a meal.
Find it too hard to decide on a dessert? Then the Sharing Trio V (£7.30) is for you.
Three desserts are served up to share with your table including a Dolcetti Lemon Posset, a Dolcetti Chocolate Brownie and two scoops of Primo Gelato.
A new addition to the Dolcetti range of small desserts, the Salted Caramel Profiteroles Dolcetti V (£5.20) are sure to be popular.
These beautiful profiteroles are filled with a creamy caramel and topped with a delicate crunchy salty topping. Perfect for those looking for something sweet to finish off their meal.
For only the second time in our 50 year history, a devoted customer is having their idea for a new pizza featured on the menu.
From 6 October, customers can order the Romana Autunno, the winning recipe in our ‘Create Your New Favourite’ competition. The creator of the new pizza, Patricia Moroney from Powerdham in Exeter, has also won £10,000 and a holiday to the Amalfi coast.
Exceeding all expectations, over 60,000 people entered the competition online, choosing from a list of 250 ingredients. Celebrity entrants included Made in Chelsea’s Binky Falstead and Jamie Laing, who created ‘The Binky’ and ‘The Lost Boi’. Entries were whittled down by a panel of judges to just five before going to the public vote.
Patricia’s pizza was inspired by the colours of autumn and features smoky chorizo, sweet, garlic-roasted butternut squash, creamy goat’s cheese, dark green spinach and chilli flakes. It comes on a thin and crispy Romana base and is finished with a drizzle of chilli oil, giving the Romana Autunno a spicy kick.
Patricia joined the pizzaiolos at PizzaExpress Taunton for the first, exclusive taste of her pizza and said, “I’m on cloud nine. I still can’t believe my pizza won or how delicious it tastes. I’m giving some of my winnings to two charities that are important to me – Force Cancer Charity and Swindon Young Carers, and I can’t wait to visit the Amalfi coast.”
PizzaExpress today announces changes to its tipping policy. From 6th October, the 8% administration fee on tips made by electronic card payment will be removed. This follows the introduction of a new automated system to distribute tips across the company’s 430 UK restaurants, employing 10,000 people.
The automated system has been developed over the last six months and is being launched following pilot trials to avoid any potential implementation issues. It replaces the more labour intensive manual procedure used to help redistribute tips among staff and to meet the company’s tax and legal obligations to HMRC.
Tips made on electronic card payments will now to be fully distributed among employees as agreed by the company’s Tronc committee. Currently, this independent group elects to give 30 per cent of card-based tips to cleaners, pizzaiolos and other kitchen staff; with the remaining 70 per cent going to the individual waiter as a reward for great customer service.
Richard Hodgson, CEO of PizzaExpress said: “We recognise that our team members are critical to delivering the fantastic customer experience that PizzaExpress has built over many years. As a leader in the casual-dining industry, we’re committed to best practice and to ensuring that our people are properly rewarded for the valuable contribution they make to our business.
“We have always been, and will continue to be, transparent about our tipping policies. We also agree with calls for greater clarity across the industry in order to ensure that staff are given a fair deal, and to enable customers to make an informed choice when it comes to tipping.
“We want people to recognise that this is a company that values employees and offers long-term opportunities. I’m committed to ensuring that we continue to work on improving the image of our sector, and to ensure we appeal to talented, ambitious people with the right mix of skills. We are playing our part by investing heavily in apprenticeships and the creation of 2,500 new jobs over the next few years; and we welcome the Government’s decision on the Living Wage which we will be adopting in full.”
If you love our restaurant food you will also love the products we have available in supermarkets nationwide. And for a limited time only, purchase a pizza and win a prize! All you have to do is go to your local supermarket and buy a PizzaExpress pizza. Yep, it really is that easy.
Amongst the prizes are…
* A brand new car
* £5,000 cash
* A pizza party for you and 5 pals
* A 2 course meal in a PizzaExpress restaurant of your choice
* A free pizza in a PizzaExpress restaurant of your choice
And don’t forget we also sell many more products in supermarkets from our iconic Dough Balls to Britain’s number 1 salad dressing. Good luck!
'You bring out the beast in me, Jackie' - episode three of Brian Blessed's Pizza Poetry is the best yet! WARNING: features Brian as a beast.
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Coming on Friday... whose Pizza Poetry brings out the beast in Brian Blessed?
Our new PizzaExpress iPhone app gives you everything you need to make your PizzaExpress experience even easier and faster, all in the palm of your hand. You can even pay your bill on your phone with PayPal.