New eaterie’s tribute to artist
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