Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Express Renovations


Anyone who's been past Pizza Express in the last day or so may have noticed a lack of normal pizza eating activity there. This is is because they are currently undergoing some renovations. In fact I think they might be holding the 'Renovations Olympics' there as they plan to have everything done and be open again within a week.

They started work yesterday (Monday 6th January) and plan to hand the premises back over to the restaurant next Monday at 3pm. They may then choose to open Monday night or possibly next instead Tuesday.

They have even stripped off the name and logo from the front which you may remember used to look like this (above left). I gather there has been a little re-branding going on at pizza express central (including what appear to faux brick column façades) and so we might instead see something a bit like this (above right) replacing it or possibly with a coloured stripe à la the 'Opening Soon' poster above.


13 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

V said...

Hopefully they'll sort the toilets. Last 2 times I have been they have been horrendous!

Suzy Soo said...

I hope they can somehow "deaden" the sound in the restaurant. Every time I go there I end up shouting at my companion because of the awful acoustics. Also can children be banned after 7pm to give childless couples a chance to eat in peace.

The Bronx said...

Agree about the awful acoustics, hopefully the faux brick column façades will help. Is that soft furnishing I notice in the photo? If so that will help. Banning children after 7pm though? There are other restaurants that might suit you better. Pizza Express is a family friendly establishment.

The Bronx said...

I complained to their head office about the toilets in Richmond recently. Never had a problem wit the Worcester Park ones. Did you tell anyone? You shouldn't have to really as a company like that should have the right policies in place. I was shocked by the Richmond ones and thought that their head office should know. They seemed to take it on board but I haven't been to Richmond recently.

ju said...

Good to see they are updating the Restaurant! The acoustics do need to be sorted, as I have spent many an evening almost shouting at friends and family I'm dining with. Suzy Soo! I have to agree with the Bronx! Perhaps you do not realise just how many families with children live in this area. Pizza Express is a fun place for children to dine in. It is convenient to most families living close by. Pizza Express is family friendly! They organise Pizza making Birthday parties for children. How many Restaurants locally would want children in their restaurants in the evening. Perhaps La Mamma's might suit you better for a quiet child free meal!

Jules said...

I agree with Suzy Soo - usually I don't mind children being in restaurants but parents with children who visit Pizza Express simply don't appear to care that their children are often screaming at the tops of their voices - throwing their food on the table and floor and running around just being a nuisance - they have no interest in eating and their parents are utterly oblivious to this fact.

The Bronx said...

I agree that parents should make an effort to control their children, and although I have occasionally seen situations in restaurants where parents could make more of an effort, I haven’t noticed it being a particular problem in Pizza Express in Worcester Park in the evening Jules. Maybe I’ve been lucky.
Are you agreeing that Pizza Express should ban children after 7pm? I’ve always thought that being family friendly is a major part of their ethos so I can’t see it happening and I for one would be disappointed if did. Hopefully they will sort the
acoustics out and we will all be happier.

ju said...

Surely this is completely unfair to us parents who do control their children. I have never seen out of control behaviour at the Restaurant and we visit regularly. I know from my experience with friends that don't have kids that they seem to be far less accepting of kids behaviour. As I have said! How many Restaurants would welcome children in the evening anywhere else in the High St. I totally agree that parents who don't control their children ruin other people's evening but if you take away a restaurant like this for families who look forward to a little social time out (we are never their late) then where else are we expected to go??????? Such a shame that this has come up on here!! Most couples I know eat out much later than friends with young families!!!! Once you have kids you are far limited on when and where you can go anyway!!!!

meldrew said...

Let's hope they upgrade the lighting too. I'm all for mood lighting, but I also like to see my food.

Guest said...

You've been very lucky - we felt like we were eating a pizza in the middle of a crèche! Never again - it's a shame because the food was ok. Is the Cheam branch any better?

Smokin Joe said...

Re-Opens tonight (Monday) from 6pm! See you in there!!!

get over yourselves said...

I had no idea WP had such a community of fine dining gourmets who'd like to sample the epicurean delights of Pizza Express's authentic Italian cuisine, uninterrupted by other diners.

I can only imagine how angry they must feel being surrounded by families waving their 2-for-1/20% off/kids-eat-free vouchers around and treating the place as if it were nothing more than a bland, slightly upmarket fast food restaurant.

Debbie said...

We had dine out couple of days ago at Delhi Chefs. It is recommended by one of my friends. Now I come to know that this is the best Indian restaurant in the area. The owner of the restaurant explain that they want to be called Fine Dinning Restaurant instead of Curry House and I have no doubt they are fine dinning restaurant indeed. One of the fellow guest of the restaurant was saying this is the best Indian in whole Surrey. However, the restaurant is towards North Cheam rather than Worcester Park.

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