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The Mad Turk

10% off food on Saturdays before 4pm

The Mad Turk offers wonderful home-cooked-style Turkish Cypriot food, and the people of Stamford have taken it into their hearts as if they’ve wanted nothing else for decades. Maybe it’s because the presence of a traditional Turkish meyhane contrasts so unforgettably with Stamford’s ancient stone buildings, dreamy spires and ye olde English pubs.

British Farm Quality-Assured Red Tractor meats are cooked on a mangal (charcoal barbecue): The Mad Turk is definitely a carnivore’s dream but there are plenty of vegetarian dishes available too. And you don’t have to go the whole hog when ordering: it is also a good place to enjoy a light, relaxed mezze with a glass or two of what you fancy – on offer are a range of Turkish wines, Efes beer and raki. The snack option particularly suits Saturday afternoons, when The Mad Turk opens from noon.

The food is delicious, from the hot mezzo starters (the Borek – pastries filled with feta and herbs – is particularly good), through to the authentic kebabs and desserts (try the baklava). Don’t come here with anything other than an empty stomach. And if you fancy testing your appetite’s mettle, try the Ottoman Feast.

The Mad Turk used to be called The Fat Turk until an Essex eatery with the same name threw their weight around and forced owner Ertunch Kazim to change the name and made him ‘Mad’. Whether Fat or Mad, ‘Kaz’ has created a fabulous restaurant.

Offer details for The Mad Turk

10% off food on Saturdays before 4pm for up to four people per Great Food Club membership card. Please mention that you are a member when booking on 01780 238001 and/or show your membership card.

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8/9 St Paul's Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2BE
01780 238001

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  1. Tina says:
    Marvelous MezeSuperb food, service and atmosphere... My only advice when dining here is to fast all day so that you can take advantage of the generous portions! We are a family of four, ordered the Ottoman's Feast for two and a couple of extra starter dishes and still couldn't eat it all!
  2. Verity says:
    Couldn't fault itTable of 8 had the Ottoman's Feast - the only way to go! But skip lunch as the portions are HUGE. Fantastic service too. Finished by shisha and the tastiest Turkish coffee, a fantastic night.
  3. John Garner says:
    Good FoodNice atmosphere, tasty food and good service. Downstairs and upstairs dining.
  4. Anna Forgaard says:
    Fun, tasty, big portions!This place has a great atmosphere and the staff are really friendly. The portions are generous - luckily we'd been warned, so didn't have a starter each as well as a main course. The children managed it all, plus a pudding, and loved it all. The meat was well cooked - we particularly liked the Iskender kebab.

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