The British Curry Awards for 2008 were made last Sunday (19th October) at the London Grosvenor House Hotel.
This is the fourth year for the British Curry Awards and they go from strength to strength, reflecting the seemingly insatiable appetite for good curries.
This year there were a huge 28,000 nominations for over 3,000 restaurants all around Britain.
The UK was divided into 10 regions and the finalists were whittled down to 100 restaurants before going through the final judging panel to find the regional winners, who were:
Scotland / Northern Ireland: Cinnamon Club, Aberdeen
North East: Last Days of the Raj, Gateshead
North West: Indian Ocean, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
East Midlands: Mem Saab, Northampton
West Midlands: Lasan, Birmingham
Wales: Bokhara Brasserie, Bridgend
South East: Maliks, Cookham, Berks
South West: Rajpoot, Bath
London Central & City: Tamarind, Mayfair
London Suburbs: Brilliant, Southall
The Newcomer of the Year Award went to Aagrah in Sheffield (restaurants need to have been open for less than 3 years to be in the running for this award).
A special Most Innovative Restaurant Award went to Tiffin Bites, which has 4 restaurants in London.
The awards were presented in front of an audience of 1,200 restaurateurs, celebrities, politicians and diplomates at the sumptuous ceremony.
Oops Bollywood provided the entertainment both before and after the awards ceremonies.
Everyone at the awards ceremony had a great evening.
So if you want to eat a great curry at an award-winning restaurant, why not go to your local award winner and see what all the fuss is about? You won’t regret it.