New eaterie’s trib­ute to artist

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

A FAMED il­lus­tra­tor has in­spired the decor in a new branch of Pizza Ex­press.

The restau­rant opened its doors to cus­tomers in Poyn­ton last month.

The decor has been in­spired by the late Les­lie Wood, an artist and il­lus­tra­tor who lived in Poyn­ton and found suc­cess by il­lus­trat­ing Diana Ross’ Lit­tle Red En­gine books.

The Manch­ester School of Art grad­u­ate went on to il­lus­trate many other chil­dren’s books in­clud­ing the cov­ers of the first four­teen Hugh Walters’ Chris Go­drey of UNEXA nov­els.

The 2,000 sq ft restau­rant, on Park Lane, fea­tured be­spoke art­work fea­tur­ing charm­ing book il­lus­tra­tions by Mr Wood, who died in 1974.

The venue also brings a jobs boost to the town with 18 part-time and full time po­si­tions.

Henry Hard­ing, restau­rant man­ager, said: “I am in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be bring­ing the na­tion’s best-loved pizza to Poyn­ton, and to be at the helm of such a great team.”

As well as the typ­i­cal Piz­za­Ex­press menu, bud­ding chefs can cel­e­brate their birth­day or spe­cial oc­ca­sion with a ‘Pizza Mak­ing Party’, giv­ing party go­ers the chance to stretch, toss and top their own pizza be­fore eat­ing it.

Man­ager Henry Hard­ing,out­side the new Poyn­ton branch of Piz­za­Ex­press

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