A Bury town centre restaurant has received praise from England’s rugby league team and another trip could be on the cards in the future.

Following an evening meal at Verona on Silver Street on Wednesday, the squad has given the thumbs up to the restaurant for its food and service.

Team manager Collin Maskill spoke to Stefano Zuri, owner of the popular eaterie after the visit.

He said: “I just want to say a massive thank you on behalf of everyone at England rugby league for your excellent food and service tonight (Wednesday).

“The players and staff commented on how much enjoyed visiting your lovely restaurant and if we ever stay in Bury again, we will be sure to book again.

“Please pass on this message to all your staff who certainly looked after us and are a credit to your restaurant.”

The trip to the Italian was initially met with confusion, not just from residents but from Stefano, who said: “I didn't believe it at first, I thought somebody was messing about.

“You know in this line of business you have a lot of competitors, so I really did think somebody was just messing with me.

"It wasn't until the second phone call that I actually believed it.

“I'll be honest with you, I don't know why they chose to come to us, I was really surprised.

“It's only a small restaurant and I know we have a good reputation, but I didn’t expect that.”

Following the 43-person booking, Stefano has said he would be more than happy to welcome the team back again,

He said: “I'm very proud to have had them in!

"All of them are very nice people and I would be very happy to have them back.

"They are very down to earth and easy to deal with, the most popular dish was the pepper steak and lobster ravioli which my chefs Manuel and Yury made to perfection."

England kick off their Rugby League World Cup campaign against Samoa on Saturday, October 15.


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