Franco Manca and Thaikhun debut in Southampton at WestQuay Watermark

Hammerson announces that Italian pizza restaurant, Franco Manca and Thai restaurateur, Thaikhun, have signed up to open at WestQuay Watermark, its £85 million dining and leisure development in Southampton.

Franco Manca’s 130m2 unit on the scheme’s lower promenade will be the brand’s debut in Southampton and only its third restaurant outside of London. The Neapolitan pizzeria company will be bringing its specialist sourdough pizzas, topped with locally sourced ingredients to the city.

Thaikhun, with a 290m2 restaurant on the upper promenade, will also be making its first move into the city. Customers will be able to enjoy a taste of Asia, with dishes inspired by the streets of Bangkok. The open kitchen style restaurant will be adorned with artefacts from the street markets of Thailand, ensuring a memorable and exciting dining experience.

The 17,000m2 scheme will completely transform Southampton’s leisure and dining offer, having attracted a vibrant line-up of firsts for the city which include Cabana, Five Guys and Red Dog Saloon.

Sarah Fox, Head of Restaurants and Leisure at Hammerson, commented: "It is great news that WestQuay Watermark is set to welcome Franco Manca and Thaikhun to Southampton. They are great additions to the restaurants already secured and further strengthen the scheme’s appeal as the South Coast’s leading leisure, dining and retail destination."

Ian Leigh, Managing Director at Thaikhun, commented: "We are incredibly excited to be bringing Thaikhun to the coastal city of Southampton. Parts of our Street Food menu are inspired by the coastal areas of Thailand so we are looking forward to bringing something fresh and different to the city."

Franco Manca, founder Giuseppe Mascoli, added: "We are delighted to be working with Hammerson and to be opening in Southampton, an already great city, that will be further enhanced by this development – making it a natural choice for our third opening outside of London."