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Pizza Pilgrims, Oxford

Muddy says: Londoners’ favourite hipster pizza chain opens its first regional outpost in Oxford’s spanking new Westgate Centre. The dough is delicious and it has a great roof terrace. Result!

hand taking pizza slice from a white plate on top green checked table cloth

I love a cheeky lunch in Pizza Pilgrims when I’m in Soho for meetings  – there are seven branches around the capital – so was thrilled to hear their first restaurant outside of London is in our ‘hood, in the newly jazzed-up Westgate Centre in Oxford. But then co-founders, brothers Thom and James Elliot, have local roots – they grew up at their parents’ pub, The Fox at Oddington, near Chipping Norton. They then got in early on the street food revolution in the Smoke, initially serving up their wares from a retro Piaggio Ape van kitted out with an oven.

Their Neapolitan-style pizzas are totally delicious – crispy, light dough with generous, authentic toppings (no pineapple chunks here, love), the interiors are bright and breezy and the Oxford branch is the only restaurant in the Westgate to have its own al fresco terrace, with great views of the city. It’s one of those rare places that manages to combine being cool and family-friendly. So while it’s ideal for a  pitstop with the kids during a shopping trip, I’d also happily spend an evening here catching up with pals over a Peroni or three.

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