A few glasses of cider and red wine in the pub last night meant that a kebab on the way home was inevitable, never in doubt at all. The pub was The Forest Gate Inn in Epping (great atmosphere, great homemade pea & ham soup and even greater homemade turkey broth) so the kebab shop of choice was Poppy’s Charcoal Grill on Epping High Street. This is an excellent place, a long way from the traditional ‘elephant leg in the window’ kebab shop that the 1990s version of me would spend a scary amount of time waiting around in. The food quality is excellent and all kebabs are cooked over hot charcoal so there is a great depth of flavour.
I always order a chicken or lamb shish kebab but (believe it or not) last night I had a lamb kofte for the first time ever and it was great. It had a very different flavour that came from the herbs and spices that are minced together to form the kebab. A small amount of chilli sauce wasn’t too overpowering, and the huge pile of red cabbage was great too.
I’ll definitely be ordering one again, £3.80 for small and £5.00 for a large kebab.
The Forest Gate Inn, 111 Bell Common, Epping, Essex, CM16 4DZ
Poppy’s Charcoal Grill, 142 High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4AG