So when we were invited down to visit the new PizzaExpress restaurant which has just opened in Formby you can bet we were down there like a shot.
The restaurant is located right in the heart of Formby and we visited on a Thursday evening; we were warmly greeted on arrival and although the restaurant was incredibly busy and we had a little wait for our table, it was fine and it gave us the opportunity to have a quick look around at the decor.
In keeping with the fact that Formby is on the seafront, the restaurant has been decorated in a nautical style, with reclaimed timber planks making up the counter areas as well. We adored the sailor-style hats which Meg and Eli were presented with on arrival too and thought it went with the style of the restaurant perfectly.
Our waitress was Megan and she was very attentive throughout our meal, introducing herself to us and the kids, asking their names and engaging with them the entire time we were there.
The PizzaExpress menu is fairly extensive and we had a hard time choosing what we wanted! I was impressed with the variety and the price of the children's menu; £6.95 for 3 courses and a Bambinoccino to round off with at the end was great and neither of the kids could eat their dinner fast enough, which is always a good sign!
For starters James opted for the Bruschetta Originale 'PizzaExpress' and I had the Roasted Tomatoes; both of which were very tasty and a great start to our meal. For our mains James chose the Sloppy Giuseppe; hot spiced beef and peppers and I went for the Pollo Pesto; chicken and pennette pasta in a béchamel and pesto sauce. James' pizza was absolutely huge and, like the kids, he made short work of eating it. I wasn't too enthused about the pasta, it was a little dry for my taste but that might just be my personal preference.
All the serving staff, and in particular Megan, were very attentive and although the restaurant was busy, we didn't feel like we were left waiting for our food. As anyone with children will tell you, this is a very important thing! Eli just does not understand the concept of waiting at all and expects his dinner to arrive like magic as soon as he has ordered it. So anywhere which has fast service is a winner with us.
The kids were given crayons and an activity sheet to help keep them occupied, although they also enjoyed the fact that the kitchen area was open and they could see the pizzas being shaped and made. We didn't manage to see one getting thrown in the air though which was a shame!
The restaurant is very well positioned in Formby and I can see it proving to be a very popular addition. There was a real ambience and an inviting atmosphere; it'll definitely be our first choice the next time we pop over to Formby for the day.
Overall we had a very enjoyable evening, and are very pleased that a PizzaExpress has opened up so close to us!