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LONGBRIDGE EATERY SCOOPS TOP NATIONAL AWARD

Pizza and pasta take away Stone Willy’s Kitchen in Longbridge, Birmingham, has won a prestigious national accolade in the PAPA Industry Awards 2015 (The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association).

Stone Willy’s Kitchen scooped the Just-Eat Independent Pizza Delivery Store Award just a year after it opened its doors to the public on Longbridge High Street.

The national award aims to recognise independent operators across the country that are successfully driving their businesses in the delivery/takeaway sector. Hosted by the celebrity chef Aldo Zilli at a star studded bash at The Lancaster Hotel in London on the 12th November, Stone Willy’s Kitchen took the top Platinum Award in its category, beating 10 competing finalists from across the UK.

Sponsored by online giants, Just Eat, and independently judged by the PAPA awards panel, Stone Willy’s Kitchen was recognised for its commitment to excellence in hygiene, quality and value, customer service, delivery and customer satisfaction.

Gynn Mahal, store owner and manager, said: “I am absolutely ecstatic. I was delighted to have just been shortlisted as it’s only our first year of opening. To win the top award in such a competitive marketplace and against established places and former winners has exceeded my wildest expectations. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my staff for their hard work and to our loyal customers without whom none of this would have been possible.

“Our aim since launching the business in Longbridge has been to provide our local customers with terrific food, the finest ingredients and excellent service. We’ve set the bar high in winning this award, and we aspire to further improve and build upon the success of our first year as we look forward.

“I would also like to thank St. Modwen, our landlord, which has significantly transformed the area and has supported us since we opened – hopefully we too are doing our bit to put Longbridge firmly back on the map.”

Stone Willy’s Kitchen forms part of the 165,000 sq ft first phase of Longbridge Town Centre, which opened in 2013 and includes 24 new shops and restaurants, along with the three acre, £2 million Austin Park.

Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “It’s wonderful to hear that Stone Willy’s Kitchen has been recognised for this prestigious national award.

“Having moved into the Town Centre just over a year ago, this recognition from the PAPA Awards is a tremendous achievement for the business, highlighting the dedication of Gynn and his team in delivering first class food and customer service. We hope this is the start of many awards to come.”

The Town Centre’s second phase, anchored by the Midlands’ largest Marks & Spencer store, opened this month and includes 45,000 sq ft of shops, with space already pre-let to Boots, Mountain Warehouse and Poundland. There is also a new 500 space surface car park and a 1,200 space multi-storey car park.

St. Modwen will now push ahead with the final phase of the Town Centre development, which will be retail and leisure led.

The UK’s leading regeneration specialist has invested £300 million into transforming the former MG Rover site at Longbridge since 2003. During that time, four hundred family homes have been built and Longbridge Technology Park, where nearly 60 businesses are based, has been created.