Pizza Express has announced which 118 branches it will be reopening next month - and ten of them are in Sussex.

The restaurant chain said branches with outdoor dining will return next month in line with government guidelines.

The Prime Minister's "roadmap" to lifting lockdown measures hopes to allow hospitality venues to serve people outdoors only from April 12.

As a result, the Pizza Express restaurants in Eastbourne, Uckfield, Prince Albert Street in Brighton, Brighton Marina, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Hove, Chichester and Worthing will be welcoming back customers for some al fresco dining.

Bosses say they hope to reopen all Pizza Express restaurants across England for indoor dining when further restrictions are lifted on May 17.

File photo dated 04/08/20 of a customer dining at a branch of Pizza Express in London, as the restaurant chain has announced that it is to shut 73 of its restaurants across the UK with the potential loss of 1,100 jobs in a bid to stay afloat in the wake

A Pizza Express in London

Zoe Bowley, the company's managing director, said: "We’ve really missed buzz and bustle and seeing our customers enjoying their favourite pizza.

"Our Cook At Home range, Click and Collect and Delivery services have been immensely popular during the past few months, but we can’t wait to fire up our ovens and swing open our doors again.

"Whether you book or simply walk in, our teams will be happily serving our delicious range of pizzas in our gardens and terraces throughout England and we’ll be ready to open in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland as soon as their national restrictions end.

"Of course, we’re set to reopen all of our restaurants in England in May for both indoor and outdoor dining."

However, one Pizza Express restaurant which will not be reopening is the branch in Jubilee Square, Brighton.

The chain confirmed it was closing the venue in January.

Last August Pizza Express announced plans to close 73 of its restaurants across the UK as part of as restructuring plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The company also launched a proposal to reduce its restaurant estate and rental cost base through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

The Jubilee Square restaurant had not been earmarked for closure but the company said it had been served notice by the building landlord.

A spokeswoman for the pizza chain said the company was doing everything it could to support staff at the Jubilee Square branch.

She said: “Whilst our Jubilee Square pizzeria wasn’t included in our Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA) which was approved in early September last year, the landlord has subsequently served us notice.

"This has sadly resulted in the closure of the restaurant and we’re doing everything we can to support our team.

"Customers are welcome to order delivery or collection from our Prince Albert Street restaurant in The Lanes and our At Home range is available from all major retailers.”

Pizza Express is re-opening in Taunton on August 6

Pizza Express 

Here is the full list of restaurants reopening:

  • Abbeville Road
  • Chelmsford
  • Abbey Road
  • Cheltenham
  • Leeds - Headingley
  • Sheffield - Ecclesall Road
  • Abingdon
  • Cheshire Oaks
  • Leeds - Birstall
  • Shepherds Bush
  • Aldershot
  • Chichester
  • Lincoln
  • Shrewsbury
  • Andover
  • Chiswick
  • Liverpool - King's Waterfront
  • Slough
  • Balham
  • Cobham - Anyards Rd
  • Liverpool - One
  • South Woodford
  • Banstead
  • Coventry - Belgrade Plaza
  • Loughborough
  • Southend
  • Barrett St
  • Didsbury
  • Luton
  • Southgate
  • Basildon
  • Dulwich
  • Macclesfield
  • Stockton Heath
  • Basingstoke
  • Eastbourne
  • Manchester - Piccadilly
  • Stratford East
  • Bath
  • Eltham
  • Manchester - First Street
  • Surbiton
  • Bedford
  • Esher
  • Mill Hill
  • Sutton
  • Belsize Park
  • Exeter
  • Milton Keynes - One
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Berkhamsted High Street
  • Falmouth
  • Muswell Hill
  • Tamworth
  • Bexleyheath
  • Fulham Rd - (895 -896)
  • Newbury
  • Taunton
  • Bishops Stortford
  • Gabriel's Wharf - South Bank
  • Newquay
  • Tonbridge
  • Blackheath
  • Guildford
  • Northampton
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Bluewater
  • Harborne
  • Paddington
  • Uckfield
  • Bracknell
  • Harlow
  • Petersfield
  • Walton On Thames
  • Braintree
  • Harpenden
  • Pimlico
  • Wandsworth - Trinity Rd
  • Brighton - Prince Albert St
  • Hastings
  • Poole - Tower Park
  • West Bridgford
  • Brighton - Brighton Marina
  • Haywards Heath
  • Portsmouth
  • Wilmslow
  • Bristol - Harbourside
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Putney
  • Wimbledon - Village
  • Bromley
  • Horsham
  • Radlett
  • Wokingham
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Hove
  • Reading - Oracle
  • Worcester
  • Camberley
  • Ipswich - Regatta Quay
  • Reigate
  • Worcester Park
  • Camden
  • Islington
  • Richmond
  • Worthing
  • Canterbury
  • Jesmond
  • Rugby
  • York - St Sampsons Sq
  • Castleford
  • Kew
  • Ruislip
  • Caterham
  • Kings Road - Pheasantry
  • Rushden Lakes