Twentymans, 117 Bradshawgate, Leigh, WN7 4ND – Visit Now
For those used to finding countless excellent independent pizza joints on the streets of Manchester and Liverpool, Leigh, a small town slap-bang between the two, might seem a little off the beaten path. And indeed, for years it came up lacking in the eating-out stakes, but thanks to the likes of Twentymans there are definite signs of green shoots.
Rustic is the design choice of the day
This independent pizza restaurant has taken cues from the likes of Rudy’s and Ply, but provides an experience very much in keeping with the area. Rustic is the design choice of the day, with plenty of exposed brickwork, bare pipes and distressed wood – so much so, you end up wondering if it’s a deliberate aesthetic, or just a few jobs they haven’t got round to finishing.
But none of this takes away from the charm. The waiting staff are endlessly cheerful, despite dealing with a table full of toddlers downstairs, and the chef-owner pops out for a quick chat (and a well-deserved blow of his own trumpet).
The upstairs room is the place to check out, particularly for large groups, boasting large tables and a line of repurposed cinema seats that are exactly as comfy as you’d expect. Fairy lights dangle about the fixtures and fittings, for that touch of added charm.
The pizzas are fantastic, with thin bubbly dough that begs to be torn apart
But most importantly, the food delivers everything and more. The pizzas are fantastic, thin bubbly dough that begs to be torn apart, layered thick with cheese and toppings. The pepperoni is a winner for meat-eaters, but the default margherita is fantastic too. There isn’t much else on the menu, but it’s worth starting out with some of their high-end olives and bread.
An hour away from both Manchester and Liverpool, Twentymans might be a little far to travel for pizza but if you’re in the area and looking for superb homemade pizza in one of Leigh’s few sharply modern restaurants, you’ll certainly not be disappointed.