The Greek street food restaurant “The Athenian” has been awarded the title of Best Restaurant in the UK by food delivery giant Deliveroo at the Deliveroo Restaurant Awards, held virtually on Monday.
Founded by Efthymios Vasilakis and Neofytos Christodoulou, born and raised in Greece and Cyprus, respectively, The Athenian serves up the very best of all the Greek street foods — souvlaki — using authentic recipes and the highest quality ingredients.
Souvlaki lovers can order an authentic Greek gyro at any of The Athenian’s many locations across the UK. They serve up delicious chicken, pork, or fried taglani cheese wrapped in a homemade pita and topped with french fries, onion, tomato, lettuce, parsley and a choice of three staple sauces — tyrokafteri, tzatziki, or The Athenian’s special Souvlaki Sauce.
While the Greek restaurant rose to fame for its delicious, authentic souvlaki, its also gained new fans due to its impressive response to the coronavirus pandemic this past year.
The restaurant industry all over the world has been hit particularly hard due to Covid-19. As countries cycle in and out of lockdown, apply new anti-virus measures, and restrict in-door dining, staff and business owners in the restaurant industry face unprecedented uncertainty about their futures.
The Athenian, however, reacted to the pandemic by fully investing into delivery-only options from the very beginning of the lockdown, protecting its staff and continuing to offer its delicious food to the public. Unlike many restaurants, The Athenian was able to keep all of their staff employed, even during the peak of the lockdown in the UK, an amazing feat in and of itself.
Most notably, the award-winning restaurant offers a 50% discount to National Health System workers, many of whom work long, arduous shifts as hospitals are inundated with Covid-19 patients. They have also donated over 2,500 free meals to healthcare workers in partnership with Deliveroo.
The Athenian has garnered well-earned praise due to their consistent efforts to help others throughout the pandemic, highlighted by a Deliveroo spokesperson, who said “The Athenian has gone over and above this year to support the community.”