TWO new restaurants have opened in Salisbury. Wildwood started trading on Thursday, serving speciality pizzas, pasta and home-made risottos, burgers, grills and salads. It is part of a small chain of restaurants, which are mainly in the south of England.

Around 40 jobs have been created at the new restaurant, which is in the Cross Keys Centre on Queen Street on the site formerly occupied by Thomas Cook travel agents, which closed in August.

And Turkish restaurant Peras Palas has opened in the former Old George Inn in Rollestone Street.

Opened by a local businessman, the restaurant serves Turkish specialities, including mezze, at lunchtimes and in the evenings.

Meanwhile, work is well underway to transform the former QS clothing store in Queen Street into a Nando’s chicken restaurant. Nando’s is set to open this spring ,and staff recruitment is underway.

It has been a busy year for restaurant openings in Salisbury with chains including Café Rouge and Bill’s coming to the city, along with Arzoo Indian restaurant and the Italian-influenced Grillado.