Writing a food blog can be hard work – No that’s not right, it is hard work! But it can also be such great fun. Take the other night for instance, I found myself drinking Prosecco and getting to know a fabulous bunch of bloggers at Pizza Express Live -High Holborn. And I call that work.
Now I like a pizza as much as the next person, so when I was asked if I would like to review the newly refurbished Pizza Express in High Holborn with a handful of other bloggers, I was more than happy to oblige. As well as checking out the new decor, we were invited to join in together for a pizza making party. We would also be among the first to find why Pizza Express High Holborn was going to be a little different to the normal Pizza Express restaurant. More on that later.
When we arrived the restaurant was buzzing with the pre theatre dining crowd. We were guided to the back of the restaurant, made our introductions and started to make new friendships with a group of like minded people. The manager and team members joined us with drinks and nibbles while we chatted. A delicious bowl of marinated green olives was washed down with prosecco, beers and soft drinks.
Next the dough balls arrived along with another glass of prosecco. Served with garlic butter dip, pesto and sundried tomato tapenade they taste so good. Of course being bloggers we all had our phones and cameras out and were snapping away before tucking in.
Although I love Pizza, I have to confess it is a while since I have been to a Pizza Express restaurant. The London Bridge branch used to be a regular haunt when the boys were younger and I remember well the light bright restaurant tucked away in a small street by the Cathedral. But Pizza Express Holborn has moved to a darker more “intimate” ambience, with dark wooden panelling and plush tan leather seats and dark wood tables. Though a few of the familiar white marble tables were also scattered around.
Once the pre theatre rush had died down the pizza making began. Each of us were given a piece of dough which we rolled and stretched into our base, topped with whatever ingredients from the restaurant we fancied. I’m quite conservative in my pizza tastes and went for onions, marinated peppers, goats cheese and mozzarella with a sprinkling of oregano. I stopped short at the pizza dough tossing, leaving that to the expert – no need to make a fool of myself.
The basement opened out into a cavernous dining area complete with a semi circular bar around a stage. What makes Pizza Express Live different to most of their other restaurants is that this is a space for live music and comedy. See, I told you it was going to be different.
A few Pizza Express restaurants double as live venues, where you can enjoy dining out while watching a live band or a comedy line up. I had heard about them and had always meant to check out Pizza Express Live at Dean Street for its Jazz but somehow never got around to it. Looking around this venue I wish I had. If it’s anything like this space, then I have been missing out! Even empty it has a great vibe.
A mixture of small tables just perfect for two and larger tables for groups of friends. I loved the cosy yet sophisticated feel and cannot wait to come and try the place out once it opens in September. Apart from the decor, if I needed any more persuading Lukas demonstrated the state of the art music system and boy it is good! ( I love listening to live music, and few things irritate me more than have it ruined by overstretched amplifiers.)
Bookings now being taken, So don’t take my word for it get yourself along there and see and hear it for yourself.
This is a collaborative post with Pizza Express
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