A POPULAR restaurant currently closed for refurbishment has been named one of the nation’s best.

Il Padrino has won ‘Best Dining Experience’ at the 2024 English Hospitality Awards.

Owners of the Italian in Middlewich, Alberto and Claire Halluni, are hopeful this award will propel them to future success.

Claire said: “We are extremely proud to have won the Best Dining Experience at The English Hospitality Awards.

“We thrive on true Italian cuisine, with the best service possible.

“I take pride in my business and I am super passionate for it.

“We have come to Middlewich and created a beautiful restaurant in the heart of the town and currently the new refurbishment will hopefully attract more people.

“I can't thank our customers enough for their continued support. Huge congratulations to all the winners”

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Northwich Guardian: Il Padrino on Wheelock StreetIl Padrino on Wheelock Street (Image: Supplied)


The English Hospitality Awards, by Creative Oceanic, aim to highlight the very best of the country’s hospitality industry with hotels, restaurants, bars, spas and more all up for awards.

A spokesperson for the awards: “We’re proud to get to showcase the remarkable talent and exceptional standards within England’s vibrant hospitality industry.

“Theses finalists have consistently demonstrated excellence, innovation, and dedication in their respective categories, setting the benchmark for quality and service within the English hospitality industry.

“We want to congratulate all of our winners & highly commended recipients on their accomplishments.”

Northwich Guardian: Alberto and Claire Halluni took over the business around four years agoAlberto and Claire Halluni took over the business around four years ago (Image: Supplied)

This prize comes as Il Padrino undergoes a major renovation.

Having experienced its most difficult week to date, the Wheelock Street venue closed to customers on April 28.

Expected to take around six weeks, Claire and Alberto are hoping to create an all-new look and feel.

Alberto said: “I really do hope the refurbishment puts more bums on seats.

“We love the support from our customers and we truly hope they love the new look.”