'Posh kebab' restaurant Elder and Wolf brings national award home to Whitley Bay


A Whitley Bay kebab outlet which delivers on quality has scooped a national award at a ceremony in London. 

In its first months of business, Elder and Wolf has been turning the tables on the traditional image of the greasy kebab with its fresh focus on local produce.

The business in Whitley Road, which serves what’s dubbed as the poshest kebab in town, was set up by Owain Davies, his girlfriend and her parents.

It’s Owain’s first foodie venture, having previously been manager for singer songwriter Ben Howard who was a double award-winner at the Brits in 2013.

“I’ve gone from the Brit Awards to the Kebab awards!” he said.

He is delighted that the family business, which has been running less than a year, took the honours for the best newcomer restaurant/takeaway outside London at the awards night which was attended by MPs and Lords.

“It’s a huge deal,” he said. “This was a big black tie do and we’re just really proud to win a big national award.

“It was amazing to bring it back to the North East.”

Elder and Wolf

Elder and Wolf

The annual awards invites public votes and Elder and Wolf, which now employs 15 staff, has certainly been getting the thumbs-up from its customers.

The British-style kebab is often seen as an unhealthy option but the awards were attended by members of the Turkish community who know the real deal when they see it

Owain’s menu, which besides wood-fired kebabs also includes pizzas and platters, features trimmings ranging from pomegranate to home-made garlic mayonnaise.

It uses meat from the local Nicholson’s Butchers and produce from Tom Owens fruitier.

The restaurant also recently secured a drinks licence so business is set to boom still further.

Owain said: “We want to say a massive thanks to all the people who voted for us, especially our loyal customers and our suppliers.”


Published on Chronicle Live by Barbara Hodgson, 4th March 2017

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