A popular pizza shop in Diss has expanded into a Suffolk village and celebrated after being named 'Britain's second best pizza' by an international company. 

On The Hill opened its Ixworth-based artisan Neapolitan pizza shop on September 17 in a restaurant on the High Street. 

This is the second branch in the company's roster, after the branch in Diss that opened over two years ago and has grown in its success. 

"We were looking for a new site as our reputation in Diss has been growing," said business owner Adam Lees. 

"It felt the natural course of action to continue to grow the brand.

"I know the area as my sister lives in Thurston."

East Anglian Daily Times: On The Hill has launched a lunch menu this weekOn The Hill has launched a lunch menu this week (Image: On The Hill)

While Bury St Edmunds is known as the food capital of Suffolk, the villages around the town haven't got that many dining options. 

"There are lots of villages and towns that aren't as well served for food options as Bury," said Mr Lees.

"Ixworth seemed a good option as there aren't any other pizza places in the area."

The business move seems to be going really well.

"We have had loads of support and feedback from local people," said Mr Lees. 

"It has been busy so far.

"We are right on the High Street and are easy to find.

"We try to run weekly specials which people should be keeping an eye out for."

East Anglian Daily Times: The pizza menu is extensiveThe pizza menu is extensive (Image: On The Hill)

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While mid-way through the renovations of the new site, On The Hill received the news that they had come second in the national competition for Britain's best pizza, run by Arla Pro. 

"Sadly we were pipped to the post," said Mr Lees.

"But it was great for us to have the recognition."

With pizza toppings including gorgonzola and mushroom, goat's cheese and caramelised onion, and nduja sausage, it is easy to see how the company won such an accolade. 

After a successful few months, On The Hill announced this week that they would start opening for lunches, serving homemade focaccias and sandwiches, alongside local produce including coffee from Butterworths and sweet treats from Brownie and the Bean. 

On The Hill is open at the Ixworth branch for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 2pm, and for pizza with eat-in or takeaway options from Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 9pm.