Blackpool’s new funfair-themed diner opens at former Pizza Express site

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Vintro Lounge is a new Blackpool eatery that has opened on St John’s Square opposite the Winter Gardens in what was previously Pizza Express

Vintro Lounge in Church Street, Blackpool

Vintro Lounge in Church Street, Blackpool (Image: Blackpool Council)

A new circus-themed restaurant has opened in the heart of Blackpool after a revamp.

The new eatery, Vintro Lounge, has opened on Church Street in what used to be Pizza Express opposite the main entrance to the Winter Gardens.

Pizza Express shut its Blackpool branch following the company’s 2020 announcement to close dozens of UK restaurants.

Doors to the new St John’s Square diner officially swung open on Wednesday (June 9), with company Loungers behind the eatery.

The last few weeks have been spent transforming the restaurant into a circus-themed venue.

“It looks very different to how it did a few weeks ago, and we think you‘ll be chuffed to bits with the finished result,” Vintro Lounge said on its website.

Images from the venue shows a traditional fun fair and circus theme including traditional circus posters, Victorian lighting, and vintage seats.

As for the menu, among the offerings are brunch, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, tapas, and other mains.

Prices are affordable at around £8 to £10 for a main dish.

In an announcement, Blackpool Council’s ‘I Love Blackpool’ tourism body said: “We’re pleased to share the news that the brand new funfair-themed Vintro Lounge has now opened up in St John’s Square, opposite the Winter Gardens Blackpool.

“The brand new casual dining spot is part of the Loungers group with locations all around the UK.

“We’d like to give them a big welcome to Blackpool.”

Vintro Lounge’s parent company, Loungers, was founded in 2002 by a trio of longstanding friends – Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop.

After years in the restaurant and bar trade in the Bristol area they decided it was time they branched out on their own.