The Beccles restaurant wins the national prize of the Italian Awards

Published:
01:40 PM July 14, 2022



Updated:
2:21 PM July 14, 2022

A town’s pizzeria has won a national award celebrating Italian restaurants.

Oak Fired at the Royal Oak, Beccles, won the mystery shopper voted best team award at the National Italian Awards for England in 2022.

The award recognized the whole team and their delivery of authenticity and real Neapolitan pizza in the traditional way.

Restaurant owner Paul Jackson said: “We are delighted.

“All of our hard work has paid off – we’ve worked very hard to build a good team here and this national recognition is testament to that.

“The national recognition fills me with great pride. It’s also great for the city since we have customers who come from all over to try the food we serve at Oak Fired.

“It’s always been my goal when launching a restaurant to build an established reputation, national recognition shows we’re doing the right things and it’s a destination people want to visit and put in the effort to do so” , did he declare.

The Oak Fired, on Ravensmere, also finished second in two other national nominations, ‘Best Pizzeria’ and ‘Best Italian Business’.

Staff were invited to collect their award at a gala dinner at the Manchester Hilton Hotel on Sunday July 3.


Restaurant supervisor Luke Harvey (left) restaurant owner Paul Jackson (right) smiles with the award in Manchester.
– Credit: Paul Jackson

As part of their prize, they were also invited to enter a fresh pasta competition, which was judged by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli.


Chef Sam Eliott (left) alongside Oak Fired owner Paul Jackson (center) poses for a photo with celebrity chef Aldo Zilli.

Chef Sam Eliott (left) alongside Oak Fired owner Paul Jackson (center) poses for a photo with celebrity chef Aldo Zilli.
– Credit: Paul Jackson

Mr Jackson said: “What we won our award for is our delivery of authentic Neapolitan pizzas, and it is our pizzas that have made our reputation.

“So it was flattering to have been asked to strongly participate in the fresh pasta competition even though it wasn’t our forte.”

In 2018, the Ravensmere restaurant obtained a slice of international accreditation from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in Naples, allowing it to legally claim to serve “real Neapolitan pizza”.

At the time, it was only the third restaurant in the UK to obtain the mark, along with others in Kent and Newcastle.

The accolade came just a year after opening their doors in the old pub.

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