#springpizza competition – win a £500 gift card!

To celebrate the launch of our new Spring Collection menu, we are giving away a £500 gift card!

To enter the competition, watch the video and answer the question with the hash tag #springpizza on Twitter.

Win: there is one gift card to the value of £500 to give away and one Twitter user who has answered the question correctly will be selected at random to receive the prize.

Terms and conditions: Entrants must take part in the competition on Twitter using the hash tag #springpizza with an answer to the question. The competition closes on 9 April 2014 at 23:59 BST and the one winner who has answered the question correctly will be selected at random after this time. The winner can claim their prize by replying to the direct message sent by PizzaExpress via Twitter. The winner has 7 days after being contacted to claim their prize. Prizes will be sent via special delivery, PizzaExpress are not responsible for any loss/ damage during transport. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available.

Promoter Head Office: PizzaExpress, Hunton House, Highbridge Estate, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX.

Top tips for a healthier lunch

Superfood Salad (lunch)

A new survey by PizzaExpress reveals workers in the UK are juggling a busy work life with the briefest of breaks, pausing for lunch at 12.41pm and returning to their desks just 33 minutes later at 1.14pm*.

The survey into the lunch habits of full-time workers in the UK comes as we trial a new Express Lunch menu in selected restaurants, with a specially created menu that makes it quick and affordable to take a break**.

Dietitian, Juliette Kellow, has created a series for top tips to make sure workers are getting the most out of lunch and says, “It’s really important to stop for lunch. It doesn’t have to be a full hour but eating the right things at the right time of day makes us much more able to cope with the stresses and strains of work.  Even if you nip out for 15 minutes and grab a salad and some Dough Balls to eat back at base, then you’re on the right track.

JULIETTE’S TOP TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AFTERNOON

* DON’T SKIP LUNCH: Even if you can’t take a full hour it’s really important to make time for lunch.  By investing just a tiny fraction of our day into eating a proper lunch, you’ll be more productive in the afternoon.  Plus it means you won’t be starving by the end of the day and ready to raid the fridge or biscuit tin the minute you get home from work. It also means you’re less likely to overeat at dinner because you’re so hungry.

* DO THE LUNCHTIME MATHS: Most nutritionists recommend lunch provides around 30 per cent of our daily calories. This means if you want to keep your weight steady, lunch should contain around 600 calories1; and if you want to lose weight, it should provide around 450 calories2. This may sound a lot but many pre-packed sandwiches and salads can easily have more than this – and that’s before even adding that chocolate brownie, packet of crisps or drink!

* HEAD OUT FOR LUNCH: Leaving the workplace at lunchtime is an easy win for boosting activity levels and getting closer to the recommended 10,000 steps we should take each day.3 Plus a change of surroundings gives our brains a break from work so that we feel refreshed and ready to take on the afternoon’s tasks.  While time and money are perceived barriers for some people, if you pick carefully, eating out at lunchtime can be quick, inexpensive and, what’s more, nutritionally balanced.  PizzaExpress has a speedy new lunch menu which starts at £3.45 and boasts 17 dishes with fewer than 500 calories.

* EAT MINDFULLY AND FOCUS ON YOUR FOOD: Even if you go out to buy lunch then eat it back at the office, get together with colleagues and enjoy lunch away from your desk. Eating in front of your computer means you’re more likely to be focused on the screen rather than your food – and that’s not good for your waistline – so be sociable!

* MUNCH ON LUNCH TO BOOST YOUR 5-A-DAY: Nutrition experts recommend having five portions of fruit and veg each day and lunchtime provides the perfect opportunity to have a couple of these. Salads are a great choice for boosting your intake and if you’re going to have a sandwich, make sure it contains plenty of salad – then finish your meal with a piece of fruit.

* DON’T SKIP CARBS: Rather than skimping on them, most nutritionists recommend starchy foods should make up about a third of the food we eat.4

* DRINK TO THINK: Being even mildly dehydrated can cause tiredness, making it harder to get through a hectic afternoon of work so make sure you include a drink at lunchtime.

Tell @PizzaExpress what you think of our new lunch menu with #escapeforlunch.

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[1 Based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet; 2 Based on a 1,500 calorie a day diet; 3 NHS Choices. The 10,000 steps challenge. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/10000stepschallenge.aspx; 4 NHS Choices. The Eatwell Plate. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eatwell-plate.aspx]

[*All stats, unless otherwise stated, taken from research carried out by OnePoll on behalf of PizzaExpress between 07.03.14 and 11.03.14 among 1,000 UK adults in full-time employment, working regular office hours  **Available in selected PizzaExpress restaurants in:

Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Dudley, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Stafford, Stourbridge, Bath, Bristol, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon, Carlisle, Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Gosforth, Jesmond, Kendal, Morpeth, Newcastle, Northallerton, Teeside Park, Beverley, Harrogate, Hull, Ilkley, Leeds, Skipton, Edinburgh, Livingston, St Andrews, Stirling, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, Barnstaple, Exeter, Falmouth, Newquay, Plymouth, St Ives, Taunton, Torquay, Truro, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Hereford, Monmouth, Newport, Swansea, Worcester, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Coventry, Gloucester Quays, Harborne, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Stratford Upon Avon, Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, Castleford, Halifax, Sheffield, Skipton and Wakefield.]

Pizza Fashionista!

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We’re so excited by the launch of our new Spring collection, we’re giving away three PizzaExpress gift cards to celebrate! We love looking at your photos tagged with #pizzaexpress and have noticed that many of you look very stylish in them. Now we want to reward our fashionista followers. To enter: 1. Follow PizzaExpress on Instagram @pizzaexpress_uk 2. Take a snap of yourself of your friends looking fabulous at one of our restaurants using #pizzafashionista 3. The three photos that we judge to be the most quiche will WIN a £30 gift voucher for the Instagram user who posted it!

Win: there are three £30 gift cards to giveaway and three Instagram users will be selected to win one card each.

The competition begins on April 2nd 2014 and ends on April 11th 2014; the winner will be contacted after April 11th 2014. Entries will be judged on quality, originality and creativity. The winner will be contacted on Instagram with instructions on how to claim their prize within three working days of the  end of the Promotion Period. Entrants are encouraged to monitor their Instagram 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 public message within two days of the Promoter’s initial public message. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available.

Promoter Head Office: PizzaExpress, Hunton House, Highbridge Estate, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX.

PizzaExpress unveils its new Spring collection

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, we have launched a new menu which boasts classic Italian style and fashionable flavours, perfect for the new season, as well as a wider range of low-calorie Leggera dishes which all contain fewer than 500 calories.

There are 10 new dishes including four new gluten-free options and a cheese-free pizza that is suitable for vegans.

The new menu is available from today, 1 April 2014. Click here to see the entire new Spring Collection! Let us know what you think using #pizzaexpress on Twitter or on our Facebook page. Here are just some of the new dishes available to try.

Leggera Salmon Salad

Leggera Salmon Salad

Pollo Forza

Pollo Forza

Risotto Fresco

Risotto Fresco

 

Escape For Lunch with our new Express Lunch menu!

PizzaExpress today announces the biggest ever change to our menu with a range of delicious dishes created especially for lunchtime in selected restaurants from today, April 1 2014.  From tasty soups to perfectly proportioned pizzas, the new menu has been designed to give busy people an excuse to escape for a quick and inexpensive lunch.  The range is bursting with tasty new choices as well as lunchtime-sized versions of the old favourites. Click here to find a restaurant serving our Express Lunch near you.

Let us know what you think of our new lunch menu with #escapeforlunch or contact us on our Facebook page. Here are just some of the all-new dishes for you to try!

Italian Meats Piadina

Italian Meats Piadina

Pollo Salad

Pollo Salad

Caprese Piadina

Caprese Piadina

 

Facebook Mother’s Day competition – win a meal for your family!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate! We would love to hear your funniest stories about your mum; they might be embarrassing, heartwarming, or just extremely amusing. And there’s a prize for the best one.

We have a Mother’s Day meal to giveaway. To enter, you just have to like our Facebook page and leave a comment below our Mother’s Day competition Facebook post letting us know your funniest story about your mum. Nice and easy! Entrants must be over 18 and the winner – the story we judge to be the most amusing – will be chosen after 8pm on Thursday, 27th March.

Win: there is one meal to giveaway and one Facebook user will be selected to win the prize. The winner and their chosen guests will receive a meal up to the value of £100 at a PizzaExpress restaurant of their choice on Mother’s Day, or a gift voucher to the value of £100 to use on another date.

The winner will be contacted after 27th March 2014. The winner will be contacted on Facebook with instructions on how to claim their prize within one working day of the  end of the Promotion Period. 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 public message within two days of the Promoter’s initial public message. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available.

Promoter Head Office: PizzaExpress, Hunton House, Highbridge Estate, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX.

Win two tickets to PizzaExpress Jazz Club!

The legendary Bill Wyman (former Rolling Stones bassist and leader of the Rhythm Kings) is performing alongside Boogie  Woogie maestros Ben Waters and Axel Zwingenberger this Friday, 21st March (doors 9pm, session begins at 9.30pm). 

We have two tickets to giveaway – including a main meal and a glass of bubbly – and all you have to do to enter is like the  photo and leave a comment below this Facebook post. It’s as simple as that! Entrants must be over 18 and the winner will be chosen at random  after 8pm on Wednesday, 19th March.

Win: there are two tickets to giveaway and one Facebook user will be selected to  win the prize. The winner and their chosen guest will each receive a complimentary glass of bubbly and a main meal

The winner will be selected from random after 19 March 2014. The winner will be contacted on Facebook with instructions on how to claim their prize within 1 working day of the  end of the Promotion Period. 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 public message within 14 days of the Promoter’s initial public message. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available.

Promoter Head Office: PizzaExpress, Hunton House, Highbridge Estate, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX.

Dough Balls ‘Speciale’ Instagram competition – win a £30 gift card!

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It’s competition time! We have a delicious (and cheesy) special on our menu at the moment, the new Dough Balls ’Speciale’. PizzaExpress’ famous dough balls have been transformed with Gran Moravia cheese added to the dough, then topped with an extra scattering to create the ultimate addictive flavour.

Enjoy with garlic butter or for an extra 50p add a pesto or soft n’duja dip. They will be available at all PizzaExpress restaurants until 31st March 2014.

To celebrate our cheesy dough balls, we are running a photo competition on our Instagram channel, with three gift cards to the value of £30 each up for grabs. To enter the competition, you simply need to ‘follow’ our account on Instagram – pizzaexpress_uk – and upload a picture of yourself enjoying your meal at PizzaExpress with the hash tag #pizzaexpresscontest.

Win: there are three gift cards worth £30 each to give away and three winners will be selected receive one gift card each.

The winners will be selected from random after 21 March 2014. The winners will be contacted via a public message on Instagram on the photograph that was uploaded with instructions on how to claim their prize within 7 working days of the end of the Promotion Period. Entrants are encouraged to monitor their Instagram account during this period to check if they are a winner. Winners then need to confirm they would like to accept their prize by following the details on the public message within 14 days of the Promoter’s initial public message. Prizes will be sent via special delivery, PizzaExpress are not responsible for any loss/ damage during transport. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available.

Promoter Head Office: PizzaExpress, Hunton House, Highbridge Estate, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX.

 

PIZZAEXPRESS NAMED BEST VENUE FOR DATE NIGHT!

Men's Health

We’re very chuffed to have been awarded ‘The Best Venue for Date Night’ by Men’s Health Magazine, in their 2014 Restaurant Awards. The awards are given to restaurants that are judged to be best for mind and body.

The magazine said ‘PizzaExpress knows its nutritional trends. You can opt for Gluten Free pizzas…and select low-calorie choices. Opt for one of their excellent protein sources with a tomato-based sauce. The Melanzane Parmigiana packs 21g of protein for less than a tenner, and the aubergine is rich is nasunin, a rare antioxidant linked with better cognitive function. All pizzas are thin crust, saving carbs. La Reine is MH’s top slice for fat and calories…the Superfood salad comes in under 300 kcal.’

Perfect for Valentine’s Day and any date night of the year!

WE HAVE A WINNER! BUT THERE’S STILL ONE GOLDEN DOUGH BALL LEFT TO FIND

Dough Balls don’t get much better than the one that landed on Katsiaryna Mosaferi’s plate this week.  A solid gold Dough Ball, valued at £5,000, was presented to the guest of our restaurant on Corn Street in Bristol on Tuesday.  And she couldn’t have been happier saying, “I was having a really bad day but I’m over the moon now”.  We’re really happy for you Katsiaryna!

But don’t worry Dough Ball fans – there’s still another Golden Dough Ball hiding in one of our special supermarket packs… so go get some!Golden Dough Ball

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