Hoba Kebab: where is Bristol takeaway, why is it featured on BBC’s Britain’s Top Takeaways - and who owns it?

Bristolian eatery Hoba and their Berlin inspired kebabs will face off against four other restaurants across the UK during this week’s Kebab episode of Britain’s Top Takeaways.
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Bristol once again has a representative in a huge television food competition in 2022 - following Adelina Yard’s participation in Great British Menus.

This time it is the South West’s Hoba Kebab restaurant, which is set to feature on BBC Two’s Britain’s Top Takeaways this week.

The show, which is hosted by Sara Fox and Darren Harriot, will see the Bristolian eatery face off against four other independent kebab houses in the UK to be crowned the winner in this fast food showdown.

Here is everything you need to know about Hoba Kebab, including when the episode will air and how to watch it.

What is Hoba Kebab?

Hoba Kebab is a restaurant located in the city that uses locally sourced ingredients, widely known for producing tasty homemade kebabs.

It was first launched as a stall in 2017 that traded in a number of local food markets across Bristol, before taking over the kitchens of various pubs and bars.

Having since relocated to a permanent site, Hoba have been serving their Berlin-inspired locally sourced meats to Bristolians, typically accompanied by tahini, pickled onions, pickled cabbage and cucumber, all atop a Turkish flatbread.

Here are two examples of their more popular dishes:

  • Spicy Beef - grass-fed beef, house spices and fresh herbs, tzatziki and crispy onions
  • Flamin’ Chicken - chargrilled chicken laced with harissa mayonnaise, jalapenos and crispy onions

The restaurant also caters to vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten intolerances.

Where is the restaurant located in Bristol?

Initially a pop-up restaurant that served the local area, Hoba had long been situated at Kongs on Kongs Street, running a click and collect service whilst being available on apps such as Deliveroo.

However, owners of Hoba Kebab took the brave step to move to a permanent location in early 2022, now it can be found right in the heart of Bristol’s city centre.

The restaurant’s new site is the old Pizza Hut restaurant on St Augustine’s Parade - which had been left empty since it suddenly closed its doors in October 2021.

A location that is very nostalgic for Hoba, situated right in front of where the restaurant’s first ever market stall was located at the Harbourside in 2017.

The full address for Hoba Kebabs in Bristol is as follows: 23-25 St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UL.

Who are the people behind Hoba Kebab?

The great minds behind the restaurant that has received rave reviews from customers is the couple team of Hope Bainbridge and Annie Faulkner.

Ms Bainbridge, 30, previously trained as a private chef in London, working in various restaurants before leaving the capital to chase her dream of opening her own food hub.

Originally from Bristol, Hope returned to the area and met Annie, 29, who worked as a nurse before opening Hoba, and having to return to the role during the Covid-19 pandemic.

When will the episode air and how can I watch it?

If you wish to support your fellow Bristolians as they battle it out in Britain’s Top Takeaway, you can watch the episode on television.

It will air tonight (Wednesday, 18 May) at the time of publication.

You can watch the episode on BBC Two at 8 pm this evening - it will also be available on BBC iPlayer on catch-up too.

Who is Hoba Kebab competing against and where are they from?

Tonight’s episode is a huge Kebab battle between some of the best independent restaurants in the country - and if Hoba Kebab are to claim the victory, they must first beat the four competitors that stand in their way.

Here is a full list of all the restaurants and its owners taking part in the Kebab episode of Britain’s Top Takeaways:

  • Enver’s Cafe and Grill in Sheffield - run by Kirstie and Enver
  • Archway in London - run by Hakan and Metin
  • What The Pitta in Manchester - run by Cem and Anna
  • The Bake One Lounge in Newcastle - run by Abdullah and Mohammed
  • Hoba Kebabs in Bristol - run by Hope and Annie

What is Britain’s Top Takeaway?

Britain’s Top Takeaway is an eight-part BBC Two television programme that launched in 2022.

The show will see some of the UK’s best-loved independent takeaways face off in a fast-food showdown that crowns a different winner in each of the eight weeks.

Each stand-alone episode will feature five takeaways from the same sector who will compete in the specially built Top Takeaway Kitchen venue.

They will be tasked with having to cook up their best takeaway meals, which will then be sent to local households who will decide the winner of the episode.