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Pizza Express at The Hub

Pizza Express The HubThere are a few chain restaurants that a busy family can totally rely on when they need good food and a quick turnaround. We were heading into Milton Keynes city centre to watch the local ice hockey team play on a Saturday night, we had two hungry boys in tow, so decided to head to Pizza Express in The Hub for a bite to eat before the game.

The great thing about The Hub’s location in the early evening is parking is free after 6pm and you can also head to the Sainsbury’s car park for three hours free parking even before 6pm. It’s then just a short walk into the main piazza, and after dragging the two boys out of the fountain, we headed in to eat.

We let them know that we needed to be reasonably quick as we had a game to get to and the waiting staff were really good, attentive and making sure all our drinks and food came out in good time.

The children’s menu is really good value at £7.25 for three courses (and a babychino) – drinks are extra but you can choose from Cawston Press fruit juices or milk – both very healthy options. I’ve never met a child (or adult, come to think of it) who doesn’t love the Pizza Express Dough Balls, they’re an institution…so starters for the kids went down very well. For us adults we chose the bruschetta topped with garlic butter, tomatoes, red onion, basil and pesto and the lemon and herb chicken wings.

On the children’s menu the choice of mains hit the mark – three different types of pasta and sauces, five different pizza topping choices, plus a gluten-free base option. Pizzas were chosen by our two boys – one going for the ham and olive topping, the other going for the pepperoni based American. For the adults, we had a split decision, one pizza and one pasta. The pizza choice was a Diavolo, hot and spicy with beef and pepperoni, and we ordered extra anchovies. The pasta choice was the Pollo Pesto; Chicken, mushroom, red onion, mozzarella, Gran Milano cheese and penne pasta baked in a béchamel and pesto sauce…just yummy. Both went down a treat with the adults and before we knew it both kids had clean plates as well.

With the service right up to speed, we did manage to have time for a dessert – on the children’s menu a choice of ice cream sundae, chocolate brownie and two different types of fruit lolly. Brownie and sundae were devoured with ease ??

Us adults were slightly more restrained with a smaller dessert of Salted Profiteroles which comes with a coffee of choice, and a full-sized Honeycomb Cream Slice – which was amazing (could have eaten two).

All in all – it’s a great restaurant to get a good choice menu and some very tasty food that will fill you right up and keep those kids from moaning about being hungry for at least an hour or so, if you’re lucky. We’ll definitely be back again, but maybe without the kids and without the rush…a romantic meal for two would be nice, well, it’s a nice idea!

www.pizzaexpress.com