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Hundreds of Mancs queue down the street for free pizza in the city centre

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 26th April 2022

Massive queues have formed in Manchester city centre today as a local pizzeria hands out free slices.

Nell’s at Kampus announced last week that it would give away 500 of its New York-style pizza slices to celebrate the launch of its new Slice Shop.

And hungry Mancs responded in their droves, with lines of people snaking all the way down Little David Street.

Some dedicated pizza fans have queued for 30 minutes to get their hands on the popular snack.

Queues at Nell’s. Credit: The Manc Group

Locals have been spotted nipping out of the queue to go and grab a pint while they wait.


The giveaway was pencilled in from 12pm until 3pm today – but in less than an hour, all 500 slices had been snapped up.

The restaurant opened at the new garden neighbourhood, across the water from Canal Street, last autumn, serving its famed 22-inch thin-bottomed pizzas.


Nell’s comes from the minds behind local institutions Common, The Beagle and Port Street Beer House.

The Kampus restaurant is the first site dedicated to Nell’s pizza – it’s previously been served from the kitchens at other Common & Co sites.

The team have now unveiled their Slice Shop, a separate space beside the restaurant where diners can grab a slice to go.


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Flavours include the classic OG Cheese, the Burrata, and vegan-friendly options like the Marinara Plus (topped with black olives, breadcrumbs and basil oil) and the Mushroom (garlic cashew cream base, mushrooms, chilli flakes and marinara sauce).

Nell’s dips range from chilli honey to truffle mayo to jalapano and lime crema.

The Slice Shop at Kampus will be open from midday to 10pm, Sunday to Thursday, and from midday to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Featured image: The Manc Group