The top 100 UK independent takeaway restaurants that need to be on your post-lockdown bucket list

There’s a lot to be happy about at the moment. Summer being just around the corner and normality returning are just two of them!

As a leading supplier in the catering and hospitality industry, Catering24 is thrilled to see our industry back and climbing to its feet. Pints are now being consumed with friends and family. We’re going out for meals again. We’re organising celebrations, events, and get-togethers.

Indeed, COVID-19 hit our sector harder than most and while we are bouncing back again, it is important to highlight one of the greatest success stories coming out of this pandemic. The rise of the takeaway industry. 

The UK takeaway market has boomed and grown at an exponential rate. A new bar has been set by businesses that have elevated the quality of both good food and delivery service and, in our opinion, it’s here to stay.

That got us thinking. 

What are the best independent takeaway restaurants in the UK and which are the most loved and most searched for?

Well, after scraping TripAdvisor’s data, we have pulled together a list of the 100 UK independent restaurants that specialise in pizza, kebab, fish and chips, Chinese, and Indian food to go!

Drum roll, please…here are the results… 100 independent takeaway restaurants, made up of 20 in each category!

TripAdvisor’s 100 most searched for UK independent restaurants

Pizza

Kebab

Fish & Chips

Chinese

Indian

Double Zero 00 Neopolitan Pizza (Manchester)

EaTurkish (London)

Bailey’s Fish and Chips (London)

Karen’s Unicorn (Edinburgh)

Taste of Nawab (London)

Boungiorno (York)

Maison Bab (London)

Poppie’s Fish and Chips (London)

A.Wong (London)

Indian Express (London)

El Murrino (Bournemouth)

Le Bab (London)

Sole Bay Fish Company (Blackshore)

Yming (London)

Tower Tandoori (London)

Dough Pizza Restaurant (Bath)

Doner Haus (Glasgow)

The Golden Chippy (London)

Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant (Blackpool)

Blue Water Indian Restaurant & Takeaway (Tamworth)

Pizza Union King’s Cross (London)

Bosphorus (London)

Poppies Fish and Chips Camden (London)

Min Jiang (London)

Akram’s Kashmiri Restaurant (Birmingham)

Paesano (Glasgow)

Nuro (Guildford)

Fishers Restaurant and Takeaway (London)

Hunan (London)

Indian Room (London)

La Dolce Vita (Richmond)

Rusholme Chippy (Manchester)

The Mayfair Chippy (London)

One Plus Restaurant (Manchester)

Obsession of India (Glasgow)

L’oro di Napoli (London)

Armenian Kebab House (Blackpool)

Rockfish (Dartmouth)

Hakkaland (London)

Castle View Indian Cuisine (Lincoln)

La Taverna (Aviemore)

Matina (Bristol)

Papa’s Fish and Chips (Cleethorpes)

Wong Kei (London)

Pataka (Edinburgh)

The Real Pizza Italian Pizza CO (Bath)

Turkish Delight (Manchester)

Magpie Cafe (Whitby)

Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese (Swansea)

Nu Delhi (Belfast)

Amalfi (Stroud)

Hassan’s Street Kitchen (Oxford)

Fishcotheque (London)

The Rice Bowl (Manchester)

Navadhanya (Cambridge)

Poco Pizza (Lyme Regis)

Uni Kebab (Southampton)

Trenchers (Whitby)

Zheng Restaurant (Oxford)

Prashad Indian Vegetarian Restaurant (Leeds)

Giardini di Sorrento Italian Restaurant (Cardiff)

Redhill Kebab House (Surrey)

North Sea Fish Restaurant (London)

Golden Mountain (Windermere)

Lake Raj (Browness-on-Windermere

Spotted Dog (Newbury)

Criccieth Kebabs & Pizza (Criccieth)

Yorkshire Fisheries (Blackpool)

Chy (Liverpool)

Dhaba@49 (London)

Trattoria II Forno (Leeds)

Gulen Ocakbasi (Welling)

Maggie’s Fish and Chips (Hastings)

China Red (St Peter Port)

Urban Tandoor (Bristol)

Enoteca by L’UVA (York)

Elder & Wolf (Whitley Bay)

Papa’s Fish and Chips (Willerby)

The Duck & Rice (London)

Viceroy Tandoori (Birmingham)

Enzo’s Pizza Takeaway (Burnley)

The Lale Restaurant (London)

Bentley’s Fish and Chip Shop (Blackpool)

Top Chinese Restaurant (Llandudno)

Indian Temptation (Bath)

Moto Pizza (Chelmsford)

Cyprus Mangal (London)

Millers Fish and Chips (York)

Cool Jade (Edinburgh)

Mantra Progressive Indian (Bath)

Anatonis Pizzeria (Cardiff)

Taste of Peshawar (London)

Stein’s Fish and Chips (Padstow)

Phoenix Palace (London)

Maharajah Indian Restaurant (Newquay)

Very Italian Pizza (Brighton)

Taste of Pakistan (London)

Oban Fish and Chip Shop (Oban)

The Welcome Restaurant (Belfast)

The Rajdoot Hampstead (London)

There you have it! The fab 100. The UK’s most searched for independent takeaway restaurants, according to TripAdvisor data’s algorithm.

Let’s take a deeper dive into what we found out…

London dominates the top independent restaurant scene

Maybe it shouldn’t come as a shock, but it’s official - London, indeed, is the home to over 30% of these top restaurants.

In total, 32 of them are located in the UK’s capital city, including a whopping eight of the 20 best Chinese restaurants.

What do the reviews say?

It’s a known fact that the majority of Brits have a love affair with fish and chips.

It’s a staple of UK culture and, to that extent, it’s no surprise whatsoever that we also love to leave reviews on fish and chip restaurants!

In total, the 20 restaurant takeaways amassed nearly 50,000 reviews between them and more than 20,000 more compared to the named Indian establishments.

Out of the entire list, Magpie Cafe, in Whitby, was the cream of the crop, having been reviewed more than a whopping 8,000 times! Here’s a look at how the most reviewed of these takeaways stack up...

How do the prices match up?

So, we have our top 100, but how do they fair with each other when it comes to prices?

We have dived into their TripAdvisor pages, websites, and social media channels to find out just what it would cost us for a standard Margherita pizza, fish and chips, or a kebab with a pitta and side salad.

The prices make for decent reading and it turns out that a visit to one of the UK’s finest independent takeaway restaurants isn’t going to hit your wallet too hard.

It turns out that the average prices are as follows:

Margherita Pizza = £8
Fish and chips = £10
Kebab, pitta, and side salad = £9.50

This is how the top 10s look:

Placing

Margherita pizza

Fish and chips

Kebab, pitta, and side salad

1

Enzo’s Pizza Takeaway (£3.70)

Bailey’s Fish and Chips (£5.20)

Matina (£4.50)

2

Pizza Union King’s Cross (£3.95)

Yorkshire Fisheries (£5.75)

Redhill Kebab House (£6.40)

3

Paesano +
L'oro di Napoli (£6.50)

Bentleys Fish & Chip Shop (£6.70)

Uni Kebab (£6.49)

4

Buongiorno (£7.50)

Millers Fish & Chips (£7.30)

EaTurkish (£6.50)

5

El Murrino +
The Real Italian Pizza Co +
Very Italian Pizza (£7.95)

Trenchers (£7.75)

Turkish Delight (£6.90)

6

Double Zero 00 Neapolitan Pizza +
La Dolce Vita +
Enoteca by L'UVA +
Anatonis Pizzeria (£8.50)

Sole Bay Fish Company (£8.50)

Rusholme Chippy (£6.99)

7

Trattoria Il Forno (£8.95)

Stein's Fish & Chips (£8.90)

Criccieth Kebabs & Pizzas (£7)

8

Poco Pizza (£9)

Fishcotheque (£8.95)

Doner Haus (£8.20)

Dough Pizza Restaurant (£9.45)

The Golden Chippy +
Maggie's Fish & Chips (£9)

Nuro (£8.45)

10

Amalfi +
Giardini di Sorrento Italian Restaurant
(£9.95)

Rockfish (£9.95)

Armenian Kebab House (£8.50)

Join the conversation

How many of these 100 independent UK restaurants have you visited? Do they really live up to the expectations they are hitting? We want to hear you on social media and join the conversation as we celebrate the rise of the UK’s independent takeaways!

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