Would you rather eat a kebab with Boris Johnson or Keir Starmer? Latest kebab polling reveals all

Research undertaken by Opinium, on behalf of the British Kebab Awards, has revealed some interesting political trends amongst kebab lovers.

Kebab industry finalists from across the UK have a chance to win one of 18 prestigious awards at the British Kebab Awards ceremony which takes place at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge Hotel, on Tuesday 26 October.

Some highlights from recent polling have given surprising insight – including:

  • Labour voters eat more kebabs than Conservative voters– 45% of Labour voters have had a kebab in the last year compared to 36% of Conservative voters. 29% of Conservative voters have never eaten a kebab, compared to 23% of Labour voters.
  • Voters would rather eat a kebab with Johnson, although they would trust Starmer more to make it– 24% say they would prefer to have a kebab with Johnson, 19% Starmer. 16% say they would trust Johnson more to make it, 22% Starmer. However, in both cases, the majority say “neither” (52% and 55% retrospectively).
  • Britain’s favourite kebab is a Lamb Doner kebab– 48% say Doner is their favourite, 46% say lamb is their favourite. However, women prefer chicken to lamb, 42% to 40%. Despite its reputation as a ‘post lash’ meal, people are actually most likely to eat a kebab between 6pm and 9pm. Only 5% say they are more likely to eat one between midnight and 3am.


The awards, run in association with JUST EAT and supported by the Kebab Alliance, the sector’s trade body, are in their ninth year and this year have attracted record breaking numbers of entries. They recognise and champion the efforts of local kebab takeaways and restaurants across the UK.

Other sponsors also include major players in the kebab industry such as Unilever and its leading brands Hellman’s and Ben & Jerry’s, McCain Foodservice, Coca-Cola and Cobra Beer, to name a few.

Over 1,200 guests, including Cabinet ministers and Shadow Cabinet members, usually attend the VIP-studded ceremony. Judges of the illustrious Awards this year will include Conservative Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Labour MP Carolyn Harris, Assistant General Secretary of Unite Steve Turner, SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil, Conservative MP David Warburton and David Galman from Galliard Homes. Also invited are UK political party leaders Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Nicola Sturgeon, Mark Drakeford and Ed Davey.

Ibrahim Dogus, founder of the British Kebab Awards and Director of the recently formed Kebab Alliance, commented:

“Kebab eateries are a key part of the local community and it’s great to see so many entries at the end of a year that has tested every business operating in the hospitality sector. Getting to the shortlist is a real achievement given the competition across the country and all outlets should be rightly proud. We wish all finalists the best of luck.”

 To find out more about the British Kebab Awards and purchase tickets for the glittering awards ceremony, please visit: https://britishkebabawards.co.uk/


Notes to editor:

  • There are currently around 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK, supporting around 200,000 jobs. The kebab industry is one of the most inclusive food sectors in the UK, with many employees of Kurdish, Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, Armenian and other backgrounds.
  • The kebab industry normally brings in more than £2.8 billion a year to the British economy, with more than 1.5m kebabs sold across Britain every day. There are also approximately 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with an annual turnover in excess of £750m.
  • The Kebab Awards categories range from Best Newcomer and Chef of the Year to Best Kebab Van and Customer Satisfaction. Additionally, there are also nine awards to celebrate the best kebab restaurants in different regions of the UK. Longlisted businesses will compete against each other and a shortlist of 10 businesses for each category will be announced by the beginning of June 2021.
  • For more information please visit: britishkebabawards.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @KebabAwards.
  • For further information please contact Chloe White, OMNE: [email protected] or 01525 840 830


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