A NEW restaurant has opened up in Worcester city centre offering pizza by the slice.

Pizza Freakz opened its doors this week above Hop Lord in Pump Street after a soft launch.

The former tattoo parlour has now been transformed into a pizza parlour and claims to be the first restaurant offering pizza by the slice in Worcester.

It is run by Mat Pugh, who owns Hop Lord, and Clint Webbe who co-owns the Neighbourhood Deli in Reindeer Court.

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Mr Pugh, 40, said: "I have been on about it for years and I've been making pizza for years so I thought if nobody else was going to do it I would.

"I love pizza but sometimes you don't want a whole pizza especially at lunchtime."

The Worcester pair have known each other for around seven years working at local restaurants.

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More recently, Neighbourhood Deli had been supplying deli sandwiches to customers at Hop Lord when pubs were allowed to reopen after lockdown.

Mr Webbe, 27, said: "He has always talked about doing pizza by the slice so I said let's go in together."

Renovations at the restaurant have been planned since the beginning of the year with the old fittings ripped out and replaced.

There are eight pizzas on offer with plans for specials in the pipeline.

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Worcester's favourite at the moment is the classic pepperoni but they also have BBQ chicken, margherita and a vegan pizza among others.

And it is busy work as they make about 30 pizzas by hand daily using authentic Italian ingredients.

Mr Pugh, from Rushwick, added that they plan for the atmosphere to change throughout the day - from lunchtime customers to a night time crowd.

"It depends on the time of day, if it is in the evening we have the big red neon sign which gives the place a dive bar-esque feel.

"You can bring a beer from Hop Lord up here or take your pizza downstairs."