Brummie Chef Brad Carter launches first kebab shop in Manchester

Brad Carter, Chef Director of Birmingham’s Michelin-starred Carters of Moseley, today opens ‘One Star Döner Bar’ at Escape to Freight Island, the 2,000-capacity urban market located at Depot Mayfield – part of the £1.4bn regeneration of Manchester’s Mayfield district.

Inspired by Gemüse Kebab, one of the best dishes Brad has ever eaten, and other Berlin street kebab vendors, Brad launched the highly successful One Star Döner Bar during lockdown while his restaurant was shut. It will join the likes of Voodoo Ray’s pizza, Madre, first class éclairs Choo Choo and Camden Town Brewery at Escape to Freight Island.

The kebabs, all served on Pide flatbreads sourced from a Turkish Bakery in Manchester, use the very best of British produce including Cornish Lamb, Tamworth Mortadella and Cotswold White Chicken. Two shawarmas are on offer, the Mortadöner, using mortadella, shredded cabbage, cavolo nero and Margarita Hot Sauce; and the Bonedöner with chicken, kebab van salad, pickled chillies and Roast Garlic Mayo. A Lamb Döner is served with kebab van salad, smoked chilli sauce, minted yoghurt and grilled pointed peppers. Brad’s signature potato smileys are also available as a side served with either Hot Wing Mayo or Cacio e Pepe sauce.

As well as an impressive food and beverage offering, Escape to Freight Island will also play host to comedy nights, resident DJs and live performances.

One Star Döner Bar opening hours are Wednesday – Thursday 4pm – 12am and Friday to Sunday 12pm – 12am. Bookings and walk-ins available:

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About Brad Carter:

Originally from Birmingham, Chef Brad Carter and his partner Holly Jackson opened Carters of Moseley in 2010. Brad didn’t take the normal route other successful chefs take. There were no stages in Michelin-starred kitchens, no mentors holding his hand or showing him the ropes. He did it the hard way, self-taught, rolling with the punches and bouncing back off the ropes.

Recognition for celebrating British produce soon came from the top when they won Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year in 2013 and then were awarded a coveted Michelin Star in September 2015. The restaurant then went on to be named in the Sunday Times Top 100, National Restaurant Awards Top 100 and won the OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘Fit for Foodies’ Award in 2019 and also holds 3 AA Rosettes.

Brad Carter is also the founding member of the Birmingham Slow Food movement and a supporter of the Ark of Taste. The Ark of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats.

​​About Escape to Freight Island:

Escape to Freight Island is an axis of incredible food, drink, music and immersive entertainment, hidden in plain sight at Manchester’s Depot Mayfield – a pop-up project turned into a permanent space… An inspiring urban landscape rebuilt and rethought around a visionary food market, a unique selection of bars, inventive culture spaces and intimate seating.

Opening hours are Monday to Thursday (4pm – 12am), Friday (12pm – 1am), Saturday (10am – 1am), Sunday (10am – 12am). Walk-ups available but book in advance to secure your preferred dates and times.

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