PICK OF THE PITTA Britain’s best kebabs revealed….but does your local doner make the cut?


This article was first published on the Sun on 14 Feb 2018.

Brits will soon celebrate the Oscars of fast food - The British Kebab Awards

IF you thought the Oscars was the biggest awards ceremony next month, think again.

Brits will soon celebrate a more culinary-themed special occasion - The British Kebab Awards.

An estimated 1.3 million doner kebabs are sold by 20,000 takeaway restaurants every day in Britain - and two years ago vegetarian Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was even a guest of honour at the gala.

This year's nominations have already been announced - is your local doner on there?

Chef of the year

Besnik Hajdari - Javit's Gilmerton Edinburgh

Aziz Gezer - Uni Kebab Southampton

Bektas Avci - Merhaba Cambridge

Emrullah Sasmaz - Abra Kebabra Croydon

Bulent Demir - Misya Meze & Grill Stevenage

Erhan Karakoc - Istanblue Oldham

Haci Akdogan - Haz Restaurant City of London, London

Ali Dirik - Mangal 2 Restaurant Stoke Newington, London

Ali Cicek - Cyprus Mangal Pimlico, London

Mazlum Demir - Skewd Kitchen Barnet, London

Best Customer Satisfaction

Uni Kebab Southampton

Arabica Bar & Kitchen Borough Market, London

Greek On The Street Croydon Croydon, London

Malpas Barbeque Chester

A'la Turka Turkish Barbecue & Grill Restaurant Birtley, Gateshead

Olives and Meze Clapham, London

Kabul City Restaurant Edgware, London

Misya Meze & Grill Old Town Old Town, Stevenage

Sahadet Ilford, London

Hiba Express Holborn, London

Best Value Restaurants

The Meze Bromley Bromley, London

Akarsu Turkish Restaurant & Grill Durham

Gokyuzu Harringay, London

Aslan Bar & Grill Weymouth

Persian Paradise Restaurant Southampton

Turkish Kitchen Peterborough

Petek Restaurant Stroud Green, London

Sultan Sofrasi Bow Church, London

Divan Finchley Finchley, London

Urban Spice Manchester Manchester

Best Newcomer Kebab House in London/Outside London

Meze Lounge Sidcup Bexley, London

Istanbul Grill Denton Denton, Manchester

Can's Meze Upminster Upminster, London

The Royal Albion Kebab King Hounslow, London

Pita and Brew Newcastle upon Tyne

Melin Bar & Restaurant Harlow, Essex

Rakki Rakkas Nottingham

Pircio Bishop's Stortford Hertfordshire

The Skew Hutton Brentwood, Essex

Best Kebab Restaurant in South and East London

The Meze Bexleyheath Bexleyheath

Lahore Kebab House East Whitechapel

Cappadocia Restaurant Kingston

Teras Walthamstow

Efes Restaurant Tower Hamlets

Istanbul Grill Restaurant Havering

Pivaz Restaurant Hackney

Ambience Restaurant Wimbledon

Mezzom South Woodford

Nazar Restaurant Hackney

Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London

Testi Stoke Newington

Ali's Berlin Doner Southall

Diyarbakir Restaurant Harringay

Selale Restaurant Harringay

Kervan Sofrasi Restaurant Finchley

Durum Restaurant Finchley

Hala Restaurant Harringay

UMUT 2000 LIMITED Harringay

Devran Harringay

Persian Kebab Acton

Best takeaway in London

Wallington Express Wallington

Brothers Kebab Croydon

Brothers Kebab & Fish Bar South Ealing

Greek On The Street Croydon

Abra Kebabra Croydon

The Best Kebab Old Street

Planet Kebab Croydon

The Best Turkish Kebab Stoke Newington

West Kebab Perivale

Kebab Centre Croydon

Pasha BBQ & Kebab Wimbledon

Archway Kebab Archway

Best Takeaway Regional

Hidden Gem Kebab House Weymouth

Torquay Charcoal Grill Torquay

I am Döner Leeds

Barbecue Middleton, Manchester

Kosta's Greek Deli Sheffield

Woodview Fish Bar & Kebab House Castleford, West Yorkshire

Kebab Kitchen Bristol

Charleys Kebabs & Grill Sheffield

Armenian Kebab House Blackpool

Albany Grill Bexley, London

Istanbul Grill Woking, Guildford

Master Kebabs Gillingham, Kent

Best Kebab Restaurant Regional

Turknaz Restaurant Whitley Bay, Northumberland

Shish Mediterranean Meze & Grill Southend-on-Sea

The Mad Turk Stamford, Lincolnshire

Marmaris Kebab & Pizza Place Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Anatolia Turkish Cuisine Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire

A'la Turka Birtley, Gateshead

Elder and Wolf Whitley Bay, Northumberland

Istanbul BBQ Chester

Likya Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

Meze Mangal Bushey Heath, Harrow

Best Kebab House in Scotland

Javit's Gilmerton Edinburgh

Alla Turca Turkish Restaurant - Grill & Meze Bar Glasgow

Turkish Carry Out Edinburgh

Morello Glasgow

Dino Pizza & Kebab Fofar

Dinos Pizza in Montrose Montrose

Ada Restaurant Edinburgh

Corfu Kebabs Dundee

Verdo Turkish BBQ Edinburgh

What is the difference between a shish kebab, a kofte, and a doner?


Shish kebabs are grilled cubes of meat, usually served on skewers. Traditionally, marinated lamb or chicken is used,  but vegitarian options include egg plant and tofu. They come with a number of sides and salad.


Shish kofte are grilled balls of minced meat compressed to resemble meatloaf. They're almost always made of marinated lamb, and usually served with rice and pita.


Doner kebabs are a staple of nights out in Britain. Unlike the other two, they are traditionally eaten as a takeaway. They are made up of marinated lamb stuck to a giant rotating skewer, then shaved off into a pitta bread.

Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland

Chaska, Enniskillen Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

The Sphinx Glengormley, Newtownabbey

The Sphinx Stranmillis Belfast

Lahore Kebab House Newtownards, County Down

Mitos's Kebab Belfast

Best Kebab House in Wales

Pasha Takeaway Tregaron

Golden BBQ Cardiff

Wales Kebab, Abertridwr Caerphilly

Mezza Luna Cardiff

Aydin's Eatery Colwyn Bay

Bridge Kebabs Menai Bridge

Bella Bella Anglesey

Mold Kebab Burger & Pizza House Mold

Troy Cardiff

Marco The Takeaway Aberystwyth

Best Fine Dining

Lokanta, Broomhill Broomhill, Sheffield

Skewd Kitchen Barnet, London

Tarshish Mediterranean Grill Wood Green, London

Veysos Brasserie Hertford, Herts

Apadana Restaurant Kensington, London

Havet Restaurant Bromley, London

Kibele Restaurant Fitzrovia, London

Ishtar Restaurant Marylebone, London

Hazev Restaurant Canary Wharf, London

Sheesh Restaurant Chigwell, Essex

Best Kebab Van of the Year

Atalay's Kebab Van Thame, Oxfordshire

Diamond Kebab Cambridge

Hassan's Oxford

Billericay Kebab Van Billericay

George's Bodrum Kebab Gloucester

Mo's Best Kebab Trowbridge, Wiltshire


Just Eat Best Delivery

Irmak BBQ Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Kashmir Balti House New Mills, Derbyshire

Marmaris Kebab & Pizza Place Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Wellingborough Kebab House Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Kebabalicious, Wythenshawe Wythenshawe, Manchester

Kebab Ye, Leighton Buzzard Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

King Kebab House, Corby Corby, Northamptonshire

Dom's Place Hackney, London

Charcoal Grill Turkish Restaurant Enfield, London

Urban Spice Manchester

Best Supplier Award

Velis Doner Kebab Manufacturers Ltd Burton-on-Trent

Best Catering Edmonton, London

Ace 4 Kebabs Yateley, Hants

Efes Navstar Ltd Glasgow

Ozden Catering/ Capital Catering Equipment Harringay, London

Kral Catering tvexima ltd, Keighley Keighley, West Yorks

Star Catering Supplies Ltd Walthamstow, London

Prime Quality Foods Enfield, London

J.J. Food Service Enfield, London

Holland Bazaar Enfield, London

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