Food and drink
You get the same Pizza Express fare everywhere. Even in orbiting space stations in the year 2100, Pizza Express will still be offering pizza fiorentinas, calzones and leggeras. My favourite is the Venezia, as it allows me to think I am doing something to save Venice as I pile on the calories.
The wine list is reasonably priced and reliable. The basic house white is pinot grigio at the moment and eminently drinkable. Avoid the starters – dough-balls and olives – if you want value for money.
Always busy (and there’s always a child crying somewhere). The restaurant is up a modern spiral staircase and links together three old buildings. The first two are always open and the third – back towards Cornmarket – is the party room with Mr Shakespeare’s wallpaper.
There is a great private dining area high under the Tudor eaves if you’re putting together a party. It’s the haunt of college lunchtime drinking clubs. Ask Abdel Koudoua if he has time to show you around.
Everyone does their best but the place can get very busy.
On the pedestrianised Cornmarket, an ancient street that developers pretty much eviscerated with the usual High Street chains. However Golden Cross Court remained untouched at the south end near Carfax.
Allow around £10 per pizza.
There’s another, newer, Pizza Express in the grounds of Oxford Castle (01865 723400) by Malmaison but it lacks atmosphere. Many of the nearby towns also have Pizza Express outlets.
Visit www.pizzaexpress.com/our-restaurants/default.aspx to find one.
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