Last night saw the 12th annual British Curry Awards take place at London’s Battersea Evolution. Hosted by comedian Alistair McGowan, the prestigious awards, held in association with kukd.com, recognised the best curry restaurants across the UK for their hard work and innovative menus, from Dishoom in London to Blue Tiffin in Oldham.
The awards ceremony was started by Enam Ali in 2005 and since then has drawn a host of celebrities to the annual event, from the former Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrated chef Heston Blumenthal. And this year was no different, with the likes of Chris Grayling MP, Bake Off star Chetna Makan and TV presenter Saira Khan in attendance. And Heston made it back again, too.
Here is the list of winners in full:
Best casual dining restaurant: Dishoom, Covent Garden, London
Best newcomer: Darbaar, Shoreditch, London
Best delivery service: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton
Best in the North West: Blue Tiffin, Royton, Oldham
Best in Wales: Sheesh Mahal, Llanelli
Best in the Midlands: Asha’s, Birmingham
Best of South East: Maliks, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Best in Scotland: Karma, Whitburn, Bathgate
Best in London Central and City: The Cinnamon Club, Westminster, London
Best in the North East: Aakash, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
Best in London Suburbs: Shampan Welling, Bexley
Best in the South West: Prithvi, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The late Lord Gulam Noon, who was known as the “curry king”, was named as the recipient of this year’s Special Recognition Award. Sir Gulam helped to popularise Bombay Mix and chicken tikka masala in the UK as part of his many business achievements during his lifetime.
Members of the public nominated the restaurants for the awards and a panel of judges chose the final winners. Now all we have to do is visit them all before next years’ ceremony!
This is a guest post from London-based journalist, Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, who has written for The Independent and the Evening Standard, as well as our Open for Business blog.