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Sphinx named Best Northern Ireland Kebab House at British Kebab Awards

Belfast kebab house Sphinx on Stranmillis Road has landed the title of Best Northern Ireland Kebab House in the British Kebab Awards for the second year in a row.

Hordes of kebab-lovers voted for the most delectable doners at the VIP-studded event on Wednesday night.

Four other kebab houses from Northern Ireland crossed skewers for the industry’s top culinary award.

They were Kebabs and Pizza on the Upper Newtownards Roadd, Dundonald, Lydia’s Pizzeria and Kebab House on the Belmont Road, Guccii Chip on the Lisburn Rd and Turkish Kebab And Pizza House on the Andersontown Road who all made it on to the shortlist.

The awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel attracted a number of MPs including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, London mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan, Liz McInnes MP, Gavin Shuker MP and Dominic Grieve MP.

The judging panel also included Nadhim Zahawi MP and Keith Vaz MP.

The Labour leader was mobbed as he entered the banqueting hall before presenting  the award for Outstanding Contribution to the kebab Industry, taking the opportunity to urge people to eat more salad and espousing the benefits of falafel.

Mr Corbyn told the audience: "As a vegetarian aficionado of kebab shops I hope I’m still welcome. I’m always very pleased when I get to any kebab shop to enjoy a good falafel.

"When people buy kebabs, I want them to have salad too so they can have the balanced diet we all need."

A full list of winners is available here.

Background

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.

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