A NEW eatery is set to open its doors in the Top of The Town as the latest in a string of establishments opened in the area.

Ottoman, an authentic Turkish restaurant, which is due to open in Winchester Street imminently.

The family friendly takeaway will specialise in a variety of kebabs, including shish kebab, chicken shish, grill lamb ribs, chicken wings, ali nazik kebab and tavuk beyti.

The new establishment will be house at the former home of Sundaes Gelato, in Winchester Street, which closed earlier this year.

Ottoman will join eight new establishments which have opened in the town centre bringing the total of diverse choice of food outlets to more than 35 offering food and drink from around the world including French, Japanese, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.

The latest of these places to open the Cosy Club in Festival Place, which opened its doors earlier in October.

The new businesses add to an already fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and bars that are very popular with residents and shoppers, many of which are at the forefront of using locally sourced produce and using eco-friendly initiatives to reduce waste.

These new businesses are supported by Basingstoke Together, the Business Improvement District organisation, working to enhance the town.

Chief executive of Basingstoke Together, Lucy Boazman, said the increase in food establishments in the town centre is testament to how much Basingstoke has to offer.

Ms Boazman said: “We are really lucky to have such a variety of cuisines on offer in Basingstoke town centre, which provides something for everyone. Having so many new restaurants open recently continues to strengthen the food offering and contributes heavily to the thriving town.”

Alongside old favourites such as The Spicy Tadka and The Lime Leaf, new restaurants and cafes, which have opened their doors in the past year include Chennai Express, The Olive House, Yamazaki and the Duck & Tipple at the top of town; and Cote Brasserie, Kokoro and The Sushi Maki in Festival Place.