British Curry Awards 2007

The 2007 British Curry Awards

Curry is the favourite UK food with more than 25% of the population eating Indian food. Every week, 2.5 million UK customers eat Indian food.

And the UK exports (yes exports) curries around the world, including Asia. The extremely popular Chicken Tikka Masala dish is a UK creation and is acknowledged as the most popular curry in the world.

The 2000 British Curry Awards will be hosted by Chris Tarrant on 21st October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The curry industry employs over 100,000 people in the UK and there are around 9,500 Indian restaurants with a turnover of £3.2 billion. There were only 500 curry restaurants in the UK in the mid 1960s.

More that 18,000 nominations were received from the public and these were for more than 3,000 restaurants, with the highest number of nominations for a single restaurant being 1,400.

The judges have compiled a of the top 100 restaurants and there is a separate list of 15 restaurants in the “Best Newcomer” category.

The full list of the Top 100 and Best Newcomer restaurants is:

SCOTLAND / NORTHERN IRELAND

Ashoka, Ashton Lane, Glasgow (Tel. 079 3271 3212)
Britannia Spice, Commercial Street, Edinburgh (0131 555 2255)
Cinnamon, Comber Road, Belfast (0289 048 0680)
Nazma Tandoori, Bridge Street, Aberdeen (0122 421 1306)

NORTH EAST

Aagrah, Aberford Road, Garforth, Leeds (0113 287 6606)
Jinnah, Malton Road, York (0190 446 8202)
Last Days of the Raj, Kells Lane, Lowfell, Gateshead (0191 482 6494)
The Spice Cube, Newgate Street, Newcastle (0191 222 1181)
The Valley, Station Road, Northumberland (01434 663434)
Valley Junction 397, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle (0191 281 6397))
Vujon, Queen Street, Quayside, Newcastle (0191 221 0601)
The Valley Connection 301, Market Place, Hexham (01434 601234)

NORTH WEST

Passage of India, Monton Road, Eccles, Manchester (0161 787 7546)
The Millennium Saagar, Sherwood Terrace, Douglas, Isle of Man (01624 679871)
The Viceroy, Rigg Street, Carlisle (01228 590909)
Mumtaz, Great Horton Road, Bradford (01274 571861)
Indian Ocean, Stamford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne (0161 343 3343)

EAST MIDLANDS

Ashoka, Melton Road, Leicester (0116 261 1331)
Chamelee, Sycamore Street, Leicester (0116 277 1179)
Tamarind, Wellingborough Road, Northampton (01604 231194)
Mem Saab, Wellingborough Road, Northampton (01604 630214)
Voujon, Cambridge Street, Wellingborough (01933 222265)

WEST MIDLANDS

Agra Palace, Abbey Green, Nuneaton (02476 350515)
Lasan, St James Street, Birmingham (0121 212 3664)
Rajnagar, Lyndon Road, Solihull (0121 742 8140)
Sonargaon Tandoori, Daventry Road, Cheylesmore, Coventry (02476 504670)
The Raj Spice, Halesowen Street, Warley (0121 559 5537)
Turmeric Gold, Spon Street, Coventry (02476 226603)
Pickles Fusion, Stratford Road, Henley in Arden, Solihull (0156 478 4466)

WALES

Juboraj Rhiwbina, Heol-y-Deri, Cardiff (02920 628894)
Bengal Dynasty, Chester Road East, Shotton, Deeside (01244 830455)
Bokhara Brasserie, Court Colman Manor Hotel, Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend (01656 720212)
Cardamom, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff (02920 233506)
Cinnamon Tree, Tonteg Road, Treforest (01443 843222)
Mumbai, Mill Lane, Blackpill, Swansea (01792 402402)
Sheesh Mahal, Stepney Street, Llanelli (01554 773773)
Anarkali, St Helens Road, Swansea (01792 650549)

SOUTH EAST

Aziz, Cowley Road, Oxford (01865 794945)
Café Masala, Thorpe Bay, Southend (0170 258 9494)
Dhanmondi Tandoori, Petersfield Road, Bordon (01402 477666)
Dil Raj, Ock Street, Abingdon (01235 553305)
Elaichi, Millbrook Square, Wantage (01235 772010)
Emperor of India, Windsor Road, Maidenhead (01628 624100)
Green Spice, Green Street Green, Near Dartford (01474 708428)
Hook Tandoori, Hook, Hants (01256 764844)
Jaflong, Market Square, Bicester, Oxon (01869 323210)
Jalsa Ghar, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow (01371 873330)
Light of India, Townwall Street, Dover (01304 210666)
Magna Tandoori, Argyle Road, Bognor Regis (01243 828322)
Mahaan, Montague Street, Worthing (01903 205449)
Maharani, Norwich Road, Ipswich (01473 232266)
Miah’s Garden of Gulab, Wokingham Road, Reading (0118 966 7979)
Pasha, London Road, Waterlooville (023 922 30222)
Poppadom Express, Oxford Street, Southampton (023 806 32444)
Spice Merchant, London Road, Beaconsfield (01494 675474)
Spice Merchant, Thamseside, Henley on Thames (01491 636118)
Taj Cuisine, Sherwood House, Walderslade Centre, Walderslade (01634 686648)
Taj Mahal, High Street, Crawley (01293 529755)
The Darjeeling, South Street, Farnham (01252 714322)
The Raj of Kent, Biddenden Road, Tenterden (01233 851191)
Viceroy of India, St Leonards Road, Windsor (01753 858005)

SOUTH WEST

Balti House, Commercial Road, Weymouth (01305 783515)
Taj Mahal, St Peter Port, Guernsey (01481 724008)
Anokaa, Fisherton Street, Salisbury (01722 414142)
Jaflong, Burford Street, Lechlade on Thames (01367 252956)
Mahabharat Balti House, Mill Street, Kingsbridge (01548 857072)
Mahabharat, Torwood Street, Torquay (01803 215541)
Rajpoot, Argyle Street, Bath (01225 444527)
Taj Mahal, The Causeway, Chippenham (01249 653243)
Viceroy, Middle Street, Yeovil (01935 421758)

LONDON CENTRAL & CITY

Durbar Tandoor, Hereford Road, W2 (0207 727 1947)
Gaylord, Mortimer Street, W1 (0207 580 3615)
Mehek, London Wall, Moorgate, EC2 (0207 588 5044)
Sitar, The Strand, WC2 (0207 836 3730)
Le Taj, Brock Lane, E1 (0207 247 0733)
Bombay Brasserie, Courtfield Road, SW7 (0207 370 4040)
Chutney Mary, Kings Road, SW1 (0207 351 3113)
The Cinnamon Club, Great Smith Street, SW1 (0207 222 2555)
Tamarind, Queen Street, W1 (0207 629 3561)
La Porte des Indes, Bryansdon Street, W1 (0207 224 0055)
Café Spice Namaste, Prescot Street, E1 (0207 488 9242)
Benares, Berkeley Square, W1 (0207 629 8886)
Amaya, Motcomb Street, SW1 (0871 223 8036)

LONDON SUBURBS

Shampan 3, Falcon Wood Parade, Welling (0208 304 9569)
Joy, Brighton Road, Surbiton (0208 390 3988)
Shampan 2, Chatterton Road, Bromley (0208 460 7169)
Tower Tandoori, Tower Bridge, SE1 (0207 237 2247)
Akash, Stafford Road, Wallington (0208 647 5592)
Brilliant Restaurant, Western Road, Southall (0208 574 1928)
Day of the Raj, The Broadway, NW7 (0208 906 3363)
Grapes Tandoori, Uxbridge Road, Hayes (0208 569 1911)
Jaflong, Northolt Road, South Harrow (0208 864 7345)
Nazmin’s, Garratt Lane, Earlsfield (0208 864 7345)
Sheesh Mahal, London Road, Twickenham (0208 892 5471)
Sipson Tandoori, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton (01895 435515)
Spice Merchant, Belmont Road, Uxbridge (01895 252925)
Sree Krishna, Tooting High Street, SW17 (0208 672 4250)
Planet Spice, Selsdon Park Road, Addington (0208 651 3300)
Chilli Chutney, Streatham High Road, SW16 (0208 696 0123)

NEWCOMER

Asha’s, Newhall Street, Birmingham (0121 200 2767)
Aziz Pandesia, Folly Bridge, Oxford (01865 247775)
Café Rasoi, High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex (01435 860770)
Jal Khabar, Maryport Street, Devizes (01380 723600)
Kardamom Lounge, High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes (01908 567481)
Mint Cuisine, Stoney Lane, Yardley, Birmingham (0121 789 8908)
Saffron Club, Glossop Road, Old Bath, Sheffield (0114 276 6150)
Spice Lodge, Montpelier Drive, Cheltenham (01242 226300)
Spice Route, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff (029 204 88820)
Voujon, Newington Road, Edinburgh (0131 667 5046)
Zouk, Leeds Road, Bradford (01274 258025)

Why not try out one of the nominated restaurants and find out just how good they are? You may already be lucky and have one of the restaurants as your regular curry house.

We’ll keep you posted on who gets the awards in just over a week.

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