Charcoal Grilled Kebabs

Street-Food Van & Private Catering

Based in Bristol


Cooking with real fire on our Turkish mangal grill, serving from our beautifully converted 1987 Mercedes ex-ambulance. Inspired by the many different cuisines of the Middle East.  Available for street-food markets, private events, weddings and parties. 



From the moment these guys fire up the grill the smell let’s you know your in for some delicious food. Soft bread, perfectly grilled meat and veg, heaps of fresh fragrant herbs and pomegranate, it’s an explosion of flavour. I would happily drive to where they are cooking to enjoy their food, great people doing a great thing
— Mitch Tonks, Rockfish Restaurants
Thank you so much for absolutely smashing it - we had lots of ‘best wedding food ever’ comments. The van and serving area looked great, and the smoke coming from the grill billowing through the courtyard just added to the atmosphere and drama of the day.
— Rosie & Charles, Wedding, May 2018
The food was spectacular and everybody raved about how good it was. The service was really quick and the plates looked incredible, right down to every last detail, and the canapes were a knockout. But best of all was the taste. Everything was simply delicious.
— Max & Sonnie, Wedding, September 2018
Truly the best way to feed your guests with delicious and inventive food in style! I went back for seconds (and thirds!) a lovely team, truck and flavours
— Alice & Nick Street, Wedding, August 2018
We booked Murray May’s for our campfire event in the deepest forest. The food was magnificent: beautifully presented, swiftly served with a smile, and most importantly choices of freshly chargrilled, imaginative vegetarian and delicious high quality meat dishes. It was a hugely popular occasion, and, despite the pouring rain, all our guests were delighted with The Charcoal Grill Van and have asked us to re-book them for next year.
— Diana & Mike Penny, Yogawest

Our Food

Our food takes its main inspiration from the streets of Istanbul. Cooking over fire, using great ingredients and letting the fire enhance the flavour of foods is key to our cooking. Our menu combines seasonal British produce with Eastern spices, scents and flavours, whilst reflecting the changing seasons of the UK. The charcoal grill is key to our signature dish, the ‘shish’ kebab. Meats are marinated in home-made toasted spice blends and cooked on skewers over charcoal. 

We pride ourselves on using high-quality ingredients, provided to us through our great local suppliers.  Origin Butchers supply us with free-range, locally sourced and ethically reared meat. Our pittas come from Abunoor bakery in Bristol, freshly baked every day.


Street-food Menu

Dishes are served in freshly baked pittas, or as a meze box (Gluten Free). All dishes come with fresh herb salad, pickled cabbage, pomegranate and a pickled chilli.


the van

Our van 'Nessie' is a 1987 Mercedes 508D ex-military Dutch ambulance. She is converted (a labour of love!) to an exceptionally high standard. Resprayed in a beautiful blue teal, with a copper bar running the length of the hatch. The centrepiece of the kitchen is the Turkish mangal charcoal grill, we're sure we are the only food van to have one! 


The team

Founded by Ewan 'Murray' and Thecla 'May'.  Murray May's brings our professional experience in the catering industry and personal love of food to create our unique 'rolling kitchen'. Working for a high-end catering company in Ibiza for three summers, introduced us to the logistics behind event catering and the Mediterranean influence of our menu. Working in Hokkaido, Japan introduced us to smokey yakitori bars, where we knew that cooking with fire would be a central element to any of our future business plans. Trips to Istanbul, with her spices, punchy flavours and huge variety of delicious dishes, are where we have really found our inspiration for Murray May's.


Find US


January 2019

We’re off to enjoy some winter sun after Christmas! Our first markets for 2019 are:

Thursday 24th: HERE Studios, 12-2pm

Friday 25th: Finzels Reach Market, 12-2pm