Our readers nominated the top 15 takeaways in Cam and Dursley, Thornbury, Yate and Sodbury, and we’ve been profiling each of them so you can choose the Gazette Series Best Takeaway 2021 winner.

This week we’re showcasing venues in and around Dursley and next up is the Old Fox Inn Coaley, which started doing takeaways last year to mitigate the impact of lockdown restrictions on the pub.

Co-owner Julie Gilborson said the pandemic had massively impacted the business in it’s third year of trading.

“Throughout the last year we’ve periods where can open and periods where we can’t, but we’re very much looking forward to opening on April 12,” she said.

“During lockdown people have had to think outside of the box and I think lockdown has created a big demand for takeaway food.”

With her business partner Ellie Sainty, Julie invented a takeaway menu which changes every week, incorporating themed nights like Spanish tapas, Italian food, and Festival of Fish on Good Friday – though fish and chips and Sunday roast remain the most popular dishes.

The pair decided to create five-minute pickup slots to build customer confidence, meaning they don’t have to wait in queues and come into contact with many other people.

Asked how she felt about making the top 15 takeaways, Julie said: “We are delighted, it’s a real achievement because takeaway is new to us, so we’re really pleased about it.

“To win would be amazing, we’re a fairly new business – we’ve been open for three years and practically closed for a year of that – so it would be our first award and we would be very proud.”

She said it would also be a success story for the village, as there is limited takeaway choice within Coaley.

If you think the Old Fox Inn should be crowned the best takeaway, you can vote for them using the voting coupon in this week’s paper (April 1) or next week's (April 8).

Or take a look at the other contestants we’ve profiled so far:

Simply post the coupon to: Gazette Series Best Takeaway, Redhill House, 227 London Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG.

Or you can you leave your coupon with the restaurant you voted for.