The family run Pircio, which serves Turkish and Italian food, in Drill Hall, Market Square, won the Best Newcomer Award at a ceremony at Park Plaza in Westminster on Monday night (March 12).
The British Kebab Awards are decided by a public vote and the Stortford restaurant beat competition from Rakki Rakkas in Nottingham to claim the award.
Speaking after receiving the award last night, Pircio’s owner Mehmet Kabayel said he was “surprised” at having won the award and had not even realised that their customers had nominated them at first.
He said: “We were very surprised. Our customers nominated us, we didn’t even know.
“Once we got nominated we started asking our customers to vote and we won.
“This (the award) was a surprise. So next year let’s see what happens.
“We just started here in Bishop’s Stortford in June 2016, we have a restaurant in London which we have run for the last ten years, they have already won the award in 2014 but coming out here to Bishop’s Stortford and being entirely new to this place it was a surprise to win.”
What are the British Kebab Awards?
The British Kebab Awards were set up six years ago to recognise the dedication of local kebab takeaways and restaurant owners around the country.
These awards are meant to be a thank you for those ‘unsung heroes’ who work in kebab businesses across the country, the awards website states.
They are run in association with Just Eat and feature 16 different categories ranging from regional and nationwide awards.
The winners will get their award presented to them at an awards ceremony.
The popular restaurant serves a mix of Turkish, Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes made from natural ingredients sourced from Italy, including the finest olive oil.
Pircio offers a range of kebabs such as chicken shish and lamb kofte, which has clearly proved a hit with the residents.
“We had a busy Mother’s Day. And the next day we had the good news about the award,” Mehmet said.
“When we started the restaurant it was difficult but then we saw our customer base growing.
“The quality of the food and the service is what we aim for here and we take a lot of pride in ourselves.”