Lunya wins Good Food Guide North West Restaurant of the Year for the second year running
First time crown has been retained
Lunya, the UK’s leading Catalan and Spanish deli and restaurant, has been crowned the Waitrose Good Food Guide’s North West Restaurant of the Year for the second time in as many years. The accolade further cements Lunya’s leading position in the North West and UK foodie scene with their multi-award winning deli and restaurant. Started 5 years ago by husband and wife team, Peter & Elaine Kinsella, Lunya is also expanding and opening its second branch in Manchester later this year. The couple gave up lucrative careers in the health service and child psychology respectively to pursue their dream of bringing the very best of Catalan and Spanish food and drink to Liverpool and have seen their business flourish since opening in 2010.
Elaine Kinsella said: “This award is particularly special as it is the well informed foodie public who vote and it has such historic prestige. For us, it is the ultimate accolade for a restaurant. We win this award at a very exciting time too as we open our second site in Manchester city centre in the Autumn bringing our Catalan deli and restaurant to many more thousands of people.”
Peter Kinsella said: “It is a real honour to win this award from the Waitrose Good Food Guide. We join an incredible list of previous winners and to have retained the title is very humbling. We have put our heart and soul into Lunya and love the business with a passion. Five years ago we started off with a whole load of that same passion and enthusiasm with no idea we would have such success. We have a fabulous group of staff and attract a wonderful range of customers into the deli and restaurant, many of whom have become part of our extended family.” ends
Lunya is a restaurant, deli and bar and has the UK’s largest online Spanish food website www.lunya.co.uk. A true independent family business run by husband and wife team, Peter & Elaine Kinsella, it is located in the prestigious Liverpool One development and unique among delis in the UK, occupying prominent high street locations, rarely seen by independents.
They won the Good Food Guide’s 2015 North West Restaurant of the Year and have received a constant strong of accolades during their five years including Cheshire Life’s restaurant of the Year, Guardian’s Top 10 UK cheap Eats, Olive Magazine’s top 5 Mediterranean Restaurants with Spain’s national newspaper El Mundo listing it as one of the top 10 places to visit in the UK. After 5 years, they are now about to open in Manchester in the historic Barton Arcade on Deansgate, with further openings planned for the future.
Lunya was started in 2010 by husband and wife team, Peter and Elaine Kinsella who sold everything they had and borrowed to the hilt in the middle of the worst recession ever to take a punt on creating what is now the hugely successful Lunya. The love affair with Catalunya started with a business trip in 1998 when Peter went to Barcelona to do some work to create community services for disabled people over there. It all started with a fabulous lunch…
About Peter Kinsella
Peter is the Executive Chef and joint proprietor of Lunya. Having spent over 20 years working across the UK and the world developing community services for disabled people, he gave it up all up to pursue his passion for food and all things Spanish.
About Elaine Kinsella
Elaine is the Operations Director and joint proprietor of Lunya. A child psychologist and qualified teacher, Elaine leads Lunya’s front of house and is the driving force behind their informal, relaxed but elegant style of service.