It’s the eternal debate whenever a group wants to order pizza – Domino’s, Pizza Hut or Papa John’s? They’ve each got their fans and their haters.

The Lincolnite decided to settle the argument scientifically by comparing pizzas from each of the three popular chains based in the city.

To make it fair, we tried to order as close to the same products as possible: a simple medium pepperoni pizza.

The three chosen pizzas

We selected:

  • The Pepperoni Feast from Pizza Hut (£11.80) 
  • The Pepperoni Passion from Domino’s (£15.99)
  • Papa’s Double Pepperoni from Papa John’s (£14.99)

The crucial factors that we rated them for were value for money, presentation, taste and extras. It’s impossible to have a great pizza without all those components; we were looking for a pizza that was a good balance of all.

Pizza Hut

The Pizza Hut medium pizza was £11.80. Many people wouldn’t be too unhappy to pay that dining in, and the added bonus of having it in the comfort of your own home makes it seem pretty affordable.

On the other hand, it didn’t come with any dip or sauces – a deal breaker for some.

The Pizza Hut Double Pepperoni cost £11.80

Presentation was good and it came with a pizza saver (the technical name for the white plastic object which stops the roof of the lid from sticking to the pizza). It was divided neatly into six even slices, each laden with evenly distributed pepperoni.

The pizza help together and was crispy without being overcooked.

On some slices, it was difficult to see the cheese! It was also cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of crispiness.

Perhaps the most important factor was the taste, and the most personal. The balance of cheese, tomatoes and pepperoni was nice and the base held together well. The toppings never slid away.

  • Presentation: 9/10
  • Taste: 9/10
  • Extras: 6/10
  • Value for money: 9/10

Overall score: 33/40

Domino’s

The Domino’s pizza was slightly more expensive at £15.99. They offer plenty of deals if you are ordering two or more pizzas or want some sides and drinks. However, a single pizza on its own was much more than you would usually pay.

On the other hand, the delivery arrived right on time.

Texture-wise it seems to have a lot more dough than its Pizza Hut competitor.

Domino’s Pepperoni Passion cost £15.99

The difference in presentation with the Domino’s pizza was obvious. While it had a thicker crust and more cheese, the distribution of toppings wasn’t good. Some were on their sides or not laid flat, and they seemed to be scattered much more randomly.

One slice had two pieces and another seven. This would be sure to cause fights when you ordered it for a group.

The Garlic and Herb dip was an undisputed highlight

There was a slightly smaller distribution of sauce with the Domino’s pizza.

As you can see on the pictures, the grease was also obvious straight away. This might add to the taste but it didn’t necessarily make it look appetising, some Lincolnite taste testers were put off by the extra grease.

The base was almost twice as thick as the Pizza Hut version, making each bite a real mouthful.

In addition, the Domino’s pizza had a secret weapon – the Garlic and Herb dip. It went down much quicker than the pizza itself and made every mouthful much more flavourful.

  • Presentation: 6/10
  • Taste: 8/10
  • Extras: 9/10
  • Value for money: 6/10

Overall score: 29/40

Papa John’s

At £14.99 Papa John’s medium pepperoni pizza was also at the higher end of the non-discounted budget.

Presentation was good with an even distribution of ingredients, a garlic butter sauce and even a pepper for daring diners.

Papa’s double pepperoni cost £14.99

None could fault the flavour of this pizza. The sauce in particular was noted for its sweetness and was deemed to be the best of the bunch. The dip added to the dish, but generally was not thought to be as tasty as Dominos’ herby version.

Tasters enjoyed the flavour, however slices were somewhat floppy.

Most thought the crust of the pizza has an enjoyable texture, however slices did tend to be on the floppy side with lots of sliding toppings.

Overall it was slightly less greasy than the Domino’s version and the pepperoni slices had a nice crunch.

  • Presentation: 8/10
  • Taste: 8/10
  • Extras: 8/10
  • Value for money: 7/10

Overall score: 31/40

And the winner is…

Pizza Hut Pepperoni Feast was named the overall winner by Lincolnite taste testers for its fresh flavour, lack of grease and lower cost – but the others had their advantages too.

Pizza Hut performed best on affordability and taste. The thinner crust gave it crisper texture, and it turned out to be a case of quality over quantity.

That said, tasters loved the Domino’s dip and judged the Papa John’s pizza to have the tastiest sauce.

The Pizza Hut Pepperoni Feast on the left came out victorious

What do you think? Who do you call when you need a pizza delivery in Lincoln?

Tory MP Karl McCartney has compared the University of Lincoln Students’ Union’s supposed censoring of a Conservative Society Twitter account to “something out of the Soviet Union or North Korea.”

The Lincoln Conservative Society was forced to hand over control of its Twitter account, allegedly because two tweets were critical of the SU.

One of them shared a report which said the University of Lincoln had a bad record for freedom of speech.

A closed-doors disciplinary hearing over the tweets is said to have been held on Monday, March 6, and the SU found that the Conservative Society may have breached their code of conduct.

Karl McCartney, the MP for Lincoln, said: “This intolerant, illiberal and totalitarian response is akin to something out of the Soviet Union or North Korea rather than a place for learning and debate.

“The loony-left has certainly taken over it seems at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union and this is another chapter in their knee-jerk desire to stifle debate.”

He also commented on the irony that Lincoln is the home of the Magna Carta, one of the first documents to guarantee free speech.

McCartney added: “I am raising my concerns about this decision not because it is the Conservative Society. As a firm believer in freedom of speech I would do the same for any student society in my constituency who were in this position.”

The report which the Conservative Society shared was compiled by the online magazine Spiked. It gave the University of Lincoln’s SU a ‘red’ ranking for free speech, claiming it has “banned and actively censored ideas on campus”.

Over 70 universities had been given a ‘red’ status for free speech.

In particular, the report criticised the SU’s policies on handling external speakers, initiation ceremonies and banning discriminatory speakers.

The Conservative Society was also reportedly disciplined for criticising a questionnaire which had to be filled in to vote in the SU elections.

They claim their Twitter account will be suspended until May 1. It has not been revealed who made the anonymous complaint about it.

A spokesman for the society said: “We feel the decision that was made is misguided and disproportionate, as the society was simply trying to raise the important issues of free speech and democracy, and the tweets in question have been taken out of context.”

The SU said in a statement: “Freedom of speech is a fundamental value of the Students’ Union. The SU is built on a foundation where students can express opinions and ideas freely within the law.

“For obvious reasons, we cannot comment on live disciplinary matters concerning members of one of our clubs and societies however; we can confirm that due to a suspected breach of the code of conduct a request has been made that the Conservative Society temporarily suspend their social media account.

“Though we are aware of some areas of concern regarding Freedom of Speech, we would like to reassure you that Lincoln SU shares the same values as the University of Lincoln in this respect.”

Pet owners in Lincoln are being invited to sign up to a database to contribute to unique animal behaviour research.

The Pets Can Do database is used to find participants for research at the University of Lincoln which aims to find why animals behave the way they do, as seen on TV shows like Secret Life of Cats.

Could your pet be a TV star?

Aislinn Evans-Wilday, from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: “We would love to hear from local Lincolnshire pet owners who would be interested in helping us with our work, and are keen to find out more about why their pets behave in the way they do.

“The research we do is always non-invasive and is based purely on behavioural observations, so we find that animals and owners alike really enjoy the experience of taking part.”

The Pets Can Do database currently only collects information about dogs, but a new one for cats is being launched in the coming weeks. There are plans to include horses, birds and reptiles eventually.

Pet owners who sign up are then contacted about studies they may be interested in.

One study currently looking for participants is postgraduate student Cátia Caeiro’s research into human-dog relationships and emotions.

Cátia said: “Dogs are excellent at reading humans’ communication, intentions and emotions. They not only discriminate different facial expressions, but they also understand body gestures such as pointing – but how do they do it? What information are dogs using to read and understand people and other dogs?”

The University of Lincoln is renowned for its work into animal behaviour. This has led to it being featured on documenaries like Horizon, Secret Life of Cats, and Amazing Animals.

Some of the studies focus on treating ailments like hip problems in pets.

Pet owners interested in signing up for studies should visit http://www.lincolnpetscando.co.uk or ring 01522 885455.

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