Britain's best kebab shops have been announced - did your favourite win a trophy?


Kebabs are a British institution with an estimated 1.3million sold every day.

The word ‘kebab’ comes from ‘kebap’ meaning cooked over an open flame and ‘doner’ refers to meat cooked on the famous vertical rotisserie.

The first kebab shop opened in North London in 1966 and there are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week.

Awards ranged from best takeaway to best restaurant and fine dining experience.

Did your local kebab shop come up trumps? Here's the full list of winners.


1. Customer Satisfaction

Winner: Istanbul Restaurant Finchley,

880 - 882 High Rd, London N12 9RH

Highly Recommended : Chnarok Restaurant,

2B Hanworth Rd, London, Hounslow TW3 1UA

2. Best Value Restaurant

Selale Restaurant's Lamb Doner

Winner : Selale Restaurant,

1-2, Salisbury Promenade, Harringay N8 0RX

Selale Restaurant's Chicken Doner

Highly Recommended: Meze Mangal in Bushey Heath,

81 High Road, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, WD23 1EL

3. Fine Dining

Winner : Sheesh Chigwell,

High Rd, Chigwell IG7 6QA

4. Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London

Winner : Durum Restaurant,

Finchley Central, 119 Ballards Ln, London N3 1LJ

5. Best Kebab Restaurant in South London

Winner: Cappadocia in Kingston,

2, Station Buildings, Fife Rd, Kingston, KT1 1SW

Highly recommended : Turkuaz restaurant Catford,

163 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2NZ

6. Best Kebab Restaurant Outside London

Winner: Mevan Restaurant,

11 Sun Street, Hitchin , SG5 1AE

Highly recommended : The Meze Turkish Grill,

269 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8DB

7. Best Takeaway in London

Winner: The Best Turkish Kebab,

125 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BT

8. Best Takeaway Outside London

Winner : Food Stop Takeaway,

Coppice Side Swadlincote Derbyshire DE11 9AE

9. Best Newcomer Kebab Restaurant

Winner: Mezopotamia Restaurant

10. Just Eat Best Delivery Restaurant

Winner: Curipza Take Away,

3 Southmill Rd, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3DH

11. Outstanding Contribution to the Kebab Industry

Two awards

Winner : Ace 4 Kebabs

Winner : Total Shopfitting Solutions Ltd

12. Best in Scotland

Winner : Nawroz Restaurant

13. Best in Northern Ireland

Winner: The Sphinx

14. Best in Wales

Winner: Pizza Choice

15. The Best Chef

Winner: Onder Sahan

16. Best Young Chef

Winner: Ali Ekber Doymaz

17. Special Award

Winner: Mr Gursel Aksu

Curry or kebab?

The British kebab industry contributes over £2.2 billion annually to the British economy, supporting around 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry in the UK.

There are also around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.

Ibrahim Dogus, founder of the British Kebab Awards, said: “I congratulate them heartily. They are worthy winners and with their help the once-humble kebab will surely soon earn the highest accolade of them all.

"I think it is only a matter of time before it is recognised that kebabs have overtaken curry as Britain’s national dish.”

This article first appeared in the Daily Mirror on 28 March 2016. It was written by Jo-Anne Rowney

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Jack Swan Jack Swan Page Published | 2016-11-29 13:01:05 +0000 | Report