British Takeaway Awards 2016 winners
Chris’s Fish & Chips
Winner Chris’s Fish and Chips owned by Stratis Kyriacou takes product sourcing seriously. They tell customers not only which species of responsibily-sourced fish it sells, but also the boat it was caught on and the farm where the potatoes were grown.
The judges were impressed how the shop had bounced back after a fire destroyed part of their business and the family home – it was noted the community railled around to help them. The judges praised their charitable nature, their investment in staff development and their environmental policies.
Stratis Kyriacou, owner of Chris’s Fish and Chips, said: “we weren’t expecting it last year and we definetely didn’t expect anything again this year. It’s amazing, surreal and humbling – we’re just a little village in the East Midlands.We would like to thank our local community and all the support they’ve given us.”
Launched in August 2014, EatFirst is a chef driven food delivery service. There is no physical restaurant, however the team work in a full service professional kitchen environment. All EatFirst recipes have been developed by leading chefs and are freshly prepared under the watchful eye of head chef, Benn Hodges formely of Roka and The Ivy.
The judges were also impressed by their food waste management, partnering with an app called ‘Too Good To Go’ that allows residents in the local Tower Hamlets area to purchase surplus meals at an 80% discount.
Rahul Parekh, owner of EatFirst, said: “we are a new restaurant, we’re only online and we started just last year, so we are really excited to have won this award. It’s all thanks to the hard work or our head chef Benn Hodges and his team, and also our amazing customers who have bought into what we do.”
Winner Poppy Hana has been opened for over 10 years and offers plush modern interiors and a licensed sushi bar. There are 20 types of nigiri, plus hosomaki ( narrow rolls), futomaki, temaki and sashimi as well as tempura, katsu curries, udon noodles and donburi rice bowls.
The eatery donates a percentage of profits to charity Malayaga Makkai Ondrium which works with educational organisations in Sri Lanka to support schools in the area providing infrastructure and equipment where needed.
Nadaraj Sivashanker, owner of Poppy Hana, said: “It means a lot to us to win this award, especially as it was our customers who nominated us for the award. It’s great to win, it’s a huge honour to be the best takeaway in South London and it’s going to spur us on. We have to work really hard now to improve our service and keep providing great food that our customers love.”
Winner The Cakeaway was founded only one year ago by 25 year old self-taught baker Jo Bell. As well as meal deals, The Cakeaway offers traditional sweets, slushies, milkshakes, ice-cream sundaes and waffles.
The judges were also impressed with their community spirit and how they had grown their business in their first year of trading.
Jo Bell, owner of The Cakeaways, said: “It feels so amazing to have won, especially as I wasn’t expecting it. This time last year the business was so small: we weren’t even on Just Eat, we were running the business from home. But we’ve grown and grown in 2016 and here we are today winning. I have to thank the people in our local community who have given us so much support.”
Winner Brunch was founded by Sharon Carline over three years ago and this traditional British cafe is firmly mapped in Prescot’s food scene. Clients include Liverpool FC and Knowsley Council, who regularly order from the cafe’s small menu of great quality products.
The judges were also impressed by their charitable spirit – in particular their support for the local elederly – and the strong growth plans they have for their business.
Sharon Carline, owner of Brunch, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant, I can’t believe we’ve won for a second year in a row. Winning this award means everything to us at Brunch because we care about what we do, how we do it and it’s so nice to be recognised by our customers.”
Nico’s Pizza & Pasta
Winner Nico’s Pizza Pasta makes everything from pizza, pasta, starters, sides and desserts. Co-owner Kristian worked in his father’s restaurant in Calabria, South West Italy from a young age, learning the traditional style of cooking and authentic recipes that have been used in his family for generations. It is these recipes coupled with a modern twist, that are used by the expert chefs in Nico’s Pizza Pasta today.
The judges were also impressed by their commitment to staff development, their charitable spirit and the strong growth plans they have for their business.
Kristian Nicoló, owner of Nico’s Pizza Pasta, said:”We are making authentic Italian food in the middle of Belfast and we feel that we have not only done it justice but done ourselves proud. We want to thank our customers for nominating and supporting. We love cooking for them and we’re so thrilled to be named the best takeaway in Northern Ireland.”
Winner Mushtaqs is a family-run business launched in 1972 and is firmly mapped on Hamilton’s food scene.The curries are made using natural, fresh ingredients and the company prides itself in using the same recipes and tradional cooking techniques from yesteryear.
The judges were particularly impressed by the commitment of Mushtaq to supporting young people into work, their charitable spirit and the strong growth plans they have for their business.
Ajmal Mushtaq, owner of Mushtaqs, said: “We’re incredibly humbled and proud to win Best Takeaway in Scotland. We’re delighted for the people of Hamilton who have supported us tremendously over the last few years. I’m so happy that the hard work of our wonderful team at Mushtaqs has been recognised – this award if for them”
Winner Mexigo is not only popular for its delicious burritos, but it is also renowned for its handsome burgers, which are made from Aberdeen Angus mince beef, a secret blend of spices, topped with a brioche bun and served with a side of sweet potato fries.
The judges were also impressed with Mexigo’s customer spirit, their involvement in the local community and how they are growing their business.
Omer Kivrak, owner of Mexigo, said: “We’ve only been open nine months and even to be nominated and get this far was such an accolade. To then get the award is so heartening. We spotted a gap in the market, we’ve put our head and soul into and fortunately the people of Maidstone have loved it. We cannot wait to share more with them in the future.”
Smokey’s American Grill
Winner Smokey’s was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Kelly Llewellyn three years ago. It serves American dishes such as slow roasted pork belly ribs, hotdogs and its special Man V Food burger.
In addition to their great food, the judges were also impressed by their commitment to their customers and how they have invested in their business to grow it.
Simon Llewellyn, co-owner of Smokey’s, said: “It’s a bit of a shock to win, it feels pretty fantastic. We would like to thank our local community and all the support they’ve given us.”
Wiwo Noodle Bar
Winner Wiwo Noodle Bar was set up by Kash Munir, Shah Munir and Asam Iqbal over three years ago. They’re famously known for their chicken katsu, duck spring rolls and chilli pepper chips, which have been some of the best sellers from day one.
The Woodville Road eatery beat thousands of other outlets across the Wales region to scoop not only the award but the £1,000 in prize money. The judges were also impressed with their charitable spirit and their investment in people and facilities.
Kash Munir, co-owner of Wiwo Noodle Bar, said: “It’s so amazing to retain our title as best takeaway in Wales. We would like to thank everyone for all of their support. It tells us we are going in the right direction. We won’t stop here, it only spurs us on to provide an even better service to our customers.”
Winner Catch Seafood cooks in the traditional way with beef dripping, and they offer haddock and cod, chips, spam fritters, and fish cakes, as well as more exotic items such as tempura king prawns and halibut with dressed crab and poached lobster.
The judges were also impressed by their growth and community spirit. 2016 has been a success for Catch Seafood. After starting with just two staff members and the owner, they are now ten strong. They also offer catering for events- one local bride was struck for ideas for her wedding, but Catch were able to provide her guests a slightly off the cuff experience by serving up fish and chips and ice cream on the happy day. They also sponsor a local children’s football team, providing their shirts for the season.
Kate Parkinson owner of Catch Seafood, said: “We came to the Awards and we were very excited but we didn’t think we would win so it’s absoltely amazing. It means the whole world to us to win. We’ve put our heart and soul into Catch and it’s wonderful to get the recognition from both our customers and the takeaway industry”
Best Takeaway in Britain
Chicken George, who were a regional winner last year, went one better in 2016 and recieved the most coveted trophy in the takeaway industry.
Chicken George was founded by Ray Cheah over 30 years ago and was one of the first independent fried chicken shops in Luton’s food scene. Today, it’s headed up by Ray’s daughter Su Cheah. When the Hitchin Road chicken shop first opened, the menu had 8-10 items and staff memebers included Su’s parents and only one other person. Today, they have over 50 menu items excluding specials and the imported American food range plus 14 members of staff. Chicken George makes all the food from scratch including their best-seller sticky BBQ sauce and pulled pork, which is slow cooked for 12 hours. Their salads are made fresh every day. All fruit and vegetables are sourced from the local greengrocer who also buys produce locally from in and around Bedfordshire.
When asked what they were going to do to celebrate, Su Cheah, owner of Chicken George, said: “We are going to have a big party for our staff but more importantly we’re going to hold a special event for our customers and bring our prices down for a day, so we can give something back to them for all their support”