A mouth-watering Essex takeaway has been shortlisted as one of the best in Britain.
Burgers, Wings and Ribs only launched last May during the first coronavirus lockdown, inside a double decker bus.
Since then, the business has outgrown the bus and opened three permanent venues.
The newest of which is in Chelmsford High Street, inside The Garrison pub.
Jack Shaw is one of the owners of BWR and describes the past year as a roller coaster with no breaks.
From something to do to an ‘explosion’
Jack, who is a website designer by trade, said he came up with the idea when he was bored.
Due to the lockdown cutting down the number of people using his usual service, he had the idea to buy a double-decker bus with two friends and start selling food from it.
Jack and his friends Neil (a gas engineer) and Josh (a professional boxer) set up in Colchester, and couldn’t believe what happened next.
Jack said: “It completely and utterly outgrew any form of expectation.
“We aren’t food people at all. It was a complete guess at what we were going to do.
“I had an idea, and I am a big food fan.
“I had the opportunity – there wasn’t a lot else to do.
“It just exploded. No one was ever expecting this.”
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After the incredible success of the first bus, they opened another in Ipswich last August.
Soon after, in February 2021 they opened inside The Garrison in Chelmsford.
It wasn’t long before the Colchester bus became too small, and they have just opened a permanent takeaway in the centre of the town.
Jack, who said the business wouldn’t be were it was without all of their amazing staff said it makes him so proud.
“This gave me a real opportunity to change my life,” he said.
“This kind of put me in a position where I feel successful, I have achieved.
“We have gone from having an idea to having a team of 50 people.
“They deserve more recognition than me and my business partners.”
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The delicious ‘dirty’ food
BWR is centred around American ‘dirty’ food.
‘Dirty’ food is a way of describing large portions of food covered with sauce and toppings – delicious.
All of the food on the BWR menu has been inspired by watching YouTube videos of American fast food restaurants.
Jack said: “We are well up there with all the dirty food places in London.”
Their menu includes Triple Decker cheese burgers, loaded with fillings.
All of their burgers are made from 100 per cent brisket that is made into ‘smashed patties’.
They also serve a yummy selection of ribs which are slow roasted for 12 hours.
Chicken wings are also on the menu, including a choice of 50.
Another dish which is very popular is their dirty fries.
These skin on fries are loaded with toppings that are sure to get your mouth watering.
They include cheese, BBQ sauce, pulled pork and more.
The menu is full of food packed with meat, but there are a couple of vegetarian options too so everyone can enjoy something.
The future of BWR
When lockdown restrictions ease, all of the BWR venues will have dine in options available.
Every takeaway has a bar attached, and Jack says their food is perfect with beer.
Once they can open fully they also intend to host eating challenges.
Despite having only just opened new branches, Jack and the team aren’t slowing down.
Within the next few months they have three new Essex takeaways opening up.
Bishops Stortford is the next to be treated to a Burger, Wings and Ribs followed by Southend and Brentwood.
Talking about the future of the business, Jack said he really didn’t know where it is going to go.
He said: “12 months ago if you told me I would do this I would call you a liar.
“We would love to cover the whole of Essex. We would like to have locations within 15 minutes of everywhere in the county.
“Having people go onto Deliveroo and picking us over others.
“I am quite forward thinking, but 10 years ahead – I don’t know.”
Jack said that his ultimate goal would be to open a takeaway inside the O2 arena.
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British Takeaway Awards
As well as opening new branches, BWR have another goal – to win the British Takeaway Awards.
Jack said it was an honour to be nominated, with only a couple of other Essex businesses on the shortlist, all of whom have been open for a number of years.
Although there is a cash prize for winning, Jack said they don’t care about the money.
“I’m not interested in the money. I’m interested in the recognition it would bring as well as the exposure for our business.
“To be going 11 months and be nominated for the British Take Away Awards, it’s because of the staff.”
To order from Burgers, Wings and Ribs and to find out how you can vote for them in the British Takeaway Awards visit their website.