British Takeaway Awards announces 2018 winners
Just Eat restaurant partner, Brunch, was recognised with the most prestigious accolade - Best Takeaway in Britain.
The British Takeaway Awards last night (12th November) celebrated the nation’s favourite local takeaway restaurants, at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by comedian David Walliams at The Savoy in London.
The Awards, which are in association with Just Eat, crowned the Best Takeaway in each of the 12 UK regions, alongside the Best Takeaway Chef in Britain, Best Delivery Driver in Britain, and the Game Changer award which recognises a business that is shaking up the status quo.
While many takeaways impressed with their authentic flavours and standout customer service, an increasing number of winners were praised for tackling the challenge of reducing plastic waste to make their businesses more sustainable.
Brunch, a family-run cafe in Prescot, Merseyside led the pack and was recognised with the most prestigious accolade - Best Takeaway in Britain. Run by Sharon Carline and with the help of her two teenage daughters, Brunch has made instrumental changes to be more environmentally-friendly through replacing single-use plastic such as straws, cutlery and packaging with biodegradable and compostable alternatives, and introducing 100% biodegradable cups and recyclable packaging.
The glamourous awards ceremony also shone the spotlight on the increasing number of takeaways offering healthier options whilst continuing to invest in sourcing local, high-quality ingredients. Casa Rosa in Birtley, Durham, winner of Best Takeaway North East, has worked with the local council to create a range of dishes which are 600 calories or less. The award entries also highlighted takeaways providing more vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options than ever before, as restaurants adapt their menus to cater for customers’ ever changing needs.
In addition to sustainability efforts and healthier options, the awards also recognised individuals who go above and beyond. 82 year old Brian Loughans, of Kipling’s Restaurant in Halifax, Yorkshire, won Best Delivery Driver in Britain and is currently waiting to hear if he has secured the Guinness World Record for the oldest delivery driver in the UK. The octogenarian, who began working as a delivery driver after his wife sadly passed away, was nominated by his colleagues for his dedication to the job. He wears a shirt and tie to work everyday and has never missed a shift in three years. His colleagues praised his ability to navigate the local streets without the aid of sat nav or any other modern technology.
Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, partners of the British Takeaway Awards, said: “The tireless work that goes on behind the scenes to bring the nation their favourite food, can often be overlooked. That’s why it’s important that we celebrate the unsung heroes of the takeaway industry through these awards. The winners - which are typically small, family-run businesses - have demonstrated passion, drive and exceptional service. They put their customers and their local communities at the centre of everything they do and we’re proud to celebrate and recognise them on a national stage.”
Sharon Carline, owner of Brunch, which was named Best Takeaway in Britain said: “We’re still in shock. We’ve won the Best Takeaway in the North West three times, but never thought we’d go the whole way and scoop the national award. It’s such a fantastic feeling to see your hard work and dedication recognised.
“We know that sourcing food with integrity is important to our customers, and we’re also aware of the responsibility we all have to reduce our environmental impact. That’s why we are committed to being as sustainable as possible whilst serving great food to our local community - this ethos sits at the heart of everything we do.“
The British Takeaway Awards welcomed over 300 guests including takeaway owners from around the UK and celebrities such as Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams, Frankie and Wayne Bridge, Chris Kamara, Lisa Faulkner, Georgia Toffolo, Rachel Riley and Vick Hope. Guests tucked into a lavish menu comprising of twice baked gruyere and blue cheese soufflé, fillet of beef and braised beef short ribs and a dark chocolate brownie to finish.