A Darlington pizzeria and wine bar has scooped a national award in both categories this week.

Stable Hearth, located on Duke Street, was handed the 'Best Pizzeria in England' award on Sunday (October 8) at the seventh iteration of the Italian Awards.

The restaurant has previously won the 'best pizzeria' award in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

The awards were accepted by the team on stage as they celebrated yet another win for the venue.

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A spokesperson for Stable Hearth said: "Winner of Best Pizzeria in England: Stable Hearth

"Go team! We won both our categories in last night's awards, and we could not be happier!"

The eatery offers authentic Neapolitan pizzas, with no deep pan or thin and crispy offerings on the menu.

The pizza's dough is made on-site daily with only flour, water, salt and yeast serving as the ingredients, which is then proven for a minimum of 24 hours.

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The traditional wood-burning oven operates at over 400 degrees and the pizzas cook within 90 seconds.

It also boasts an extensive wine selection for which it also won an award on the night.

Residents reacted to news of the win with delight and said they could not wait to attend the restaurant.

One ecstatic resident said: "Yes! Knew you'd get them! Well done to you all and so well deserved!"

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Another jubilant resident said: "Congratulations! You guys smash it year on year! Looking forward to Friday."

While another impressed resident said: "We’re booking Saturday night."

The restaurant opened in Darlington in 2017 after originally opening within a pub in Gainford, County Durham, in 2013.