Harden's says

The chain's 50th branch opened in Manchester in late 2019.

survey result

Summary

£38
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Seemingly grown very quickly from a small Brixton pizza joint to a national chain” – this 50-plus strong chain has emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever (revenues post-lockdown up since 2019), snapping up recently vacated sites left, right and centre (most of the growth is outside the capital, with about seven new branches planned for the coming year). Their success? “They have still kept the original ethos: simple, authentic sourdough pizzas served quickly with no-label wines”, and it’s “superb value”. Fans feel “it’s so reliable, it's taken the PizzaExpress crown!”… which seems reasonable as Fulham Shore, who own Franco Manca, is run by David Page, who was CEO of PizzaExpress in the 1990s.

Summary

£35
    £
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

One of the victors in the casual dining downturn: this mushrooming multiple has become the survey’s most-mentioned pizza chain – “it beats PizzaExpress hands down” nowadays (of which owner David Page was once CEO) thanks to pizza that’s “so much more tasty” than PE’s, with “gorgeous sourdough bases” and “excellent toppings” and “all for a very reasonable price”, so no-one minds the “cheap ’n’ cheerful” style of its “loud, very busy and noisy” branches.

Summary

£35
    £
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

One of the victors in the casual dining downturn: this mushrooming multiple has become the survey’s most-mentioned pizza chain – “it beats PizzaExpress hands down” nowadays (of which owner David Page was once CEO) thanks to pizza that’s “so much more tasty” than PE’s, with “gorgeous sourdough bases” and “excellent toppings” and “all for a very reasonable price”, so no-one minds the “cheap ’n’ cheerful” style of its “loud, very busy and noisy” branches.

Summary

£30
    £
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Despite the ever-expanding franchise”, the pizzas are “solidly enjoyable and a cut above” (“you’ve just got to love the sourdough bases” and “quality toppings”), according to the hordes of fans of the “buzzing, busy and rather cramped” branches of this crazily expanding chain, which nowadays is the survey’s “go-to for a cheap ’n’ cheerful family pizza”, eclipsing the once-mighty PizzaExpress in the level of interest it generates. There’s no hiding its steadily declining ratings, though, with a sentiment that “while it’s still usually very reliable, standards have slipped over repeat visits”; for its harshest critics the effect is now “Frankly Manky!”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£4.30 £7.60 £3.85
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.75
Filter Coffee £1.85
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑9:30 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑9:30 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑9:30 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑9:30 pm
Friday11:30 am‑10 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑10 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑9:30 pm

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