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Summary

For the first 20 years of this guide, this famous pizza chain with its “surprisingly distinctive branches” was – with tedious regularity – the survey’s most mentioned group: constantly re-inventing itself to remain everyone’s favourite standby, especially with kids in tow. Competition is sharper nowadays however, and since its ownership changed a couple of years ago (to Hony Capital) ratings and the volume of feedback have slipped well below their historical average. Yes, it is still much-mentioned, and still “as reliable as ever” to armies of loyal supporters, but harsher critics “are stunned by the complacency and staleness of the brand: even the ubiquitous, good value voucher deals are starting to lose their shine”.

£46
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Average
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“All outlets deliver great grub and a cheery ambience” – for as long as we’ve produced this guide, that’s been the most common view on this “amazingly consistent” 50-year-old, chain, also renowned as “a super place for kids” (“basically a crèche serving OK food!”). Is that changing since Hony Capital took over last year though? Critics have found it more “money driven” of late, and the atmosphere in particular seems far less sunny than it did.

£41
Average
Average
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Still the Daddy!” – this “amazingly consistent”, 50-year-old chain remains formidably successful, not least as an “ultra-reliable, go-to-destination with the kids”; its ambience rating took a swallow dive this year however – something about the management style of new owners Hony Capital?

£41
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Average
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Still the best pizza on the high street”; turning 50 this year, this “old faithful” remains the yardstick by which other multiples are judged; “frequent updating” keeps the formula fresh, but there is one constant – “they really get kids!”.

£39
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Average
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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