Smokey Beast, the takeaway you've probably never heard of based in a shipping container

-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)


Smokey Beast is not your typical high street takeaway. Both the location and the menu make it something different.

You won't find curry, kebabs, pizzas or noodles. Instead, chef Petra Jakus serves up mighty meaty feasts from a shipping container on an industrial estate on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border.

Smokehouse-style slow-cooked barbecue pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausages are on the menu, served individually with seasoned fries, homemade coleslaw, red onion pickles and a giant gherkin - or everything comes on a platter. Even though the menu states the £28.99 platter is for one, it's easily enough for two.

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Petra is no stranger to smoked foods such as salami and ham in her native Hungary, but at her kitchen in Sandiacre the focus is on hot food. The smokers are located just outside the shipping container, which has been converted with appliances.

She said: "I love smoked food and I tried to find a business gap. I use my own rub and leave it for 24 hours. I use charcoal and hickory wood which give a really good flavour.

"My food is not cheap but there is loads of meat, it's flavourful, it's all from scratch. The beef brisket is in the smoker from 18 to 24 hours so it's loads of work."

She works out of a tight space in the shipping container in front of industrial units in Mark Street, with the meat contained in two smokers outside. Working mostly by herself, she is joined by her wife at weekends when it can be particularly busy and stressful with lots of orders coming in.

But because she's tucked out of sight, Petra fears she's missing out on vital business, especially as her requests to place an A-board near the main Station Road have been rejected.

She said: "I don't think people know about me. I really wish I could do something in a high street but the problem is the smoking. I don't want any angry neighbours.

"I would like to move to a bigger unit, in this one I use every piece of space. I would like to do a bigger menu. This is amazing what I'm doing but going to the next stage I need to upgrade the kitchen," said Petra, a chef of 14 years who has previously worked in London at restaurants including the Rum Kitchen, as well as stints at Turtle Bay and Hickory's Smokehouse.

The unusual location mean some customers can't find the unit when collecting their food. But once you know it couldn't be easier. Simply go down Mark Street (next to Lidl) and turn right. Look out for the green shipping container before the railings of a storage company.

Smokey Beast also offers delivery within an eight-mile radius including Beeston, Nottingham city centre, Clifton, Wilford and Eastwood as well as parts of Derbyshire.

Smokey Beast is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 5pm until 1am.