A BURGER restaurant is in the running to be named the best in the region and in the country at the British Takeaway Awards.

The venue on Thatto Heath Road was opened in 2018 by brothers Darren and Steven Leigh.

They came up with the idea while holidaying with their families in Cyprus five years ago and spotted a restaurant by the same name.

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They decided to make a “dirty burger” venue where visitors can get a quality burger.

Following the nomination, the duo will be going to a prestigious star-studded awards night at the Savoy in London in the new year.

"It was a shock but we have worked hard to do what we do and the feedback we get and the reviews speak for themselves," said Steven, 37.

"We are going down to the Savoy for the awards. Now we have to take it home at the end of the day.

"It has been good, we are first and foremost a restaurant and people can come in and have a takeaway.

"Our food is prepared fresh."

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It is the The British Takeaway Awards' fifth year and the five finalists for Best Takeaway in the North West are:

● Brothers Burgers, Thatto Heath Road, St Helens - American

● Cafe at The End of The Universe, Warrington Mark, Warrington - American

● LAPD Food, Waterloo Road, Stockport - American

● Old Mother Hubbards, Manchester Street, Oldham - Fish & Chips

● Shakes & Bites, Princess Parade, Manchester - Desserts

The BTAs, which are run in association with Just Eat (www.just-eat.co.uk), have paid homage to the unsung heroes of the takeaway sector who work tirelessly to serve us our favourite takeaway dishes in the North West and all across Great Britain.

The top five takeaways in the North West that received the most public votes have made it through to the national awards ceremony on January 27 at The Savoy, London.

The 12 regional winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who will take into consideration the number of votes each finalist received, feedback from a mystery shop, and by reviewing a written submission from the restaurant owners.

The panel will then identify the regional winners and crown an overall winner for the coveted Best Takeaway in Britain award. As well as the accolade of best takeaway, each regional winners will receive £1,000 and the Best Takeaway in Britain will receive £5,000.

The panel of judges includes celebrity chef, TV star and best selling author Ainsley Harriott; entrepreneur and former star of BBC2’s Dragons’ Den Sarah Willingham; chief operating officer of Just Eat Graham Corfield; chairman of the British Takeaway Campaign Ibrahim Dougus and managing director of Think Hospitality James Hacon.

Andrew Kenny, managing director of Just Eat, said: “We are excited to be back for the fifth year running to celebrate the local takeaways across Britain that provide their communities with quality food, outstanding customer service and joy. This year, we saw a tremendous amount of votes in the North West. The calibre of restaurants is high so the judges will have their work cut out picking a winner!”

As well as voting for the best of the best in the sector, takeaway aficionados also had the chance to nominate themselves as 'Britain’s #1 Takeaway Fan'. Ainsley Harriott will be picking the lucky winner who will win a holiday to the country where their favourite takeaway cuisine hails from, a free takeaway every month for a year and the Britain’s #1 Takeaway Fan trophy.