A RESTAURANT has made it to the semi-finals of the 2021 British Kebab Awards.

Bursa Kebab has been in Newhaven High Street for the last 20 years and could now be in with a chance to win the prestigious award.

Mark Bursa, the restaurant’s owner, wants the community to support them even further.

He said: “To be shortlisted amongst hundreds of kebab houses nationwide is a great achievement, and with further support and votes, we believe we could be in an even better position to win.”

Mark is proud of the achievement so far and appreciates the recognition that has been given to his restaurant’s and the hardworking staff.

The Argus: Bursa Kebab in NewhavenBursa Kebab in Newhaven

He said: “From what I hear, it is probably better than the Baftas and bigger than the Booker Prize.

“To be recognised amongst the kings and queens of the industry gives us a boost and inspires us to try to achieve even more.”

Bursa Kebab is always trying to compete with the best in the country by constantly adapting their menu and making sure they are offering the best service possible.

Mark added: “We are trying in every aspect to meet the needs of the customers.

“We plan new dishes and update the menu regularly to provide for the community.”

Bursa Kebab has received support from its local customers, and this is down to efforts they have put into their own community work.

Mark is happy to be taking part in community outreach programmes such as Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to give meals to schoolchildren and donating food to the local community food centre.

The Argus: Food at Bursa KebabFood at Bursa Kebab

He said: “We believe we have established customers as family and we enjoy being a contributor to the local community, especially throughout the pandemic with our charitable donations to the community, NHS, police, lifeboats and more.”

The British Kebab awards, which is sponsored by JustEat, narrow down the best restaurants from thousands of nominations from all over the UK to a shortlist of only 150. This is done by reviewing the restaurant’s hygiene ratings, online reviews, social media support and public votes.

This year the awards will be judged by 28 food enthusiasts from various backgrounds, including broadcasters James O’Brien and Lucy Horobin and politicians Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown and Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi.

Maria Caulfield, MP for Newhaven said “I am delighted that Newhaven’s Bursa Kebab has been long-listed for the prestigious British Kebab Awards, which highlights their contribution to the kebab industry in the UK."

"I wish the team many congratulations for their success and wish them good luck in the semi-finals and look forward to visiting them in the near future.”