National Curry Week

This week is National Curry Week and the 6th Annual British Curry Awards were presented in London last weekend.

From a local perspective Hox Brasserie from Salisbury came 2nd in the South West category, one of 56 shortlisted restaurants from a total of 3,500 restaurants nominated by the public. And I can personally testify to how good the restaurant is.

The winners in the nine regional categories were:
Ashoka Johnstone, Johnstone (Best in Scotland)
The Spice Cube, Newcastle (Best in the North East)
The Millennium Saagar, Douglas, Isle of Man (Best in the North West)
Lasan, Birmingham (Best in the Midlands)
Rajpoot, Bath (Best in the South West)
Aziz, Oxford (Best in the South East)
Bengal Dynasty, Shotton, Flintshire (Best in Wales)
Brilliant, Southall (Best in London Suburbs)
Bombay Brasserie, London SW7 (Best in London Central & City)

In addition Mem Saab, Leicester was named Best Newcomer and Brighton’s Chilli Pickle the Most Innovative restaurant.

The following is a complete list of all of the finalists in the various categories
Most Innovative Restaurant
Chai Street, Cardiff
Chez Mumtaj, St Albans
Chilli Pickle, Brighton
Vine & Spice, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

Best in Scotland
Ashoka Johnstone, Johnstone
Britannia Spice, Edinburgh
Lancers Brasserie, Edinburgh
Mushtaqs, Hamilton
Mya, Edinburgh

Best in the North East
Aagrah, Leeds
The Last Days of the Raj, Gateshead
The Spice Cube, Newcastle
The Valley, Northumberland
Vujon, Newcastle

Best in the North West
Indian Ocean, Ashton-under-Lyne
The Millennium Saagar, Douglas, Idle of Man
The Viceroy, Carlisle
Usha, Burnley

Best in the Midlands
Almas Brasserie, Dore, Sheffield
Asha’s, Birmingham
Itihaas, Birmingham
Lasan, Birmingham
Rilys, Redditch

Best in the South East
Aziz, Oxford
Haweli, Twyford
Jaipur, Milton Keynes
Malik’s, Cookham
The Old Bengal, Beaconsfield

Best in the South West
Hox Brasserie, Salisbury
Myristica, Bristol
Rajpoor, Bath
Viceroy 1, Yeovil

Best in Wales
Anarkali, Swansea
Bengal Dynasty, Shotton, Flintshire
Bokhara Brasserie, Bridgend
Sheesh Mahal, Llanelli

Best in London Suburbs
Blue Junction, Morden
Brilliant, Southall
Chak 89, Mitcham
Green Spice, Dartford
Royal Tandoori, South Croydon
Shampan 2, Bromley

Best in London Central & City
Bombay Brasserie, SW7
Bombay Bicycle, SW10
Gaylord, W1
La Porte des Indes, W1
Mehek, EC2
Tamarind, W1

Best Newcomer
Aagrah, Bradford
Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, London EC2
Jai Ho, South Shields
Lucky’s Indian Tapas Bar, Newbury
Massala, Cobham, Surrey
Maya, Surbiton
Mem Saab, Leicester
Zook Tea Bar & Grill, Manchester

If you live anywhere near any of these restaurants I suggest you get down there this weekend. I’ll be at Anokaa in Salisbury on Friday, any excuse for a curry!

10 responses to “National Curry Week

  1. Tonight I shall be making a red chicken, carrot and parsnip curry in honour of the week! I might even post up the recipe!

  2. The Aagrah is one of the few Indian restaurants I’ve been to. We generally avoid Indians as hubby doesn’t like the food, but I went there with friends and really enjoyed the meal.

    • Hi Jo, I’ve not tried Aagrah. You live in a curry hotspot up in Leeds, if Rach didn’t like curry I’d be sneaking out for my fix every so often!

  3. Excellent, I’ve been looking for a good Indian restaurant nearby and now I’ve got a choice of two. 🙂

    • We have been to several Aagrah’s – it’s a sort of a chain round us.

      There used to be one near to us that had a model elephant trunk raised in the grounds.

      I think they must have been transporting it to another venue when we caught up with a lorry with said elephant on the back. The lorry approached a low bridge and the trunk was held too high to go under the bridge so the lorry had to let down the tyres. As it was in the middle on the road posied to go under a low bridge it caused quite a hold up

      • Hi Sue, what a strange sight to see on the road! I did see a real live elephant being led down the street when I was working in Mumbai. You see all of life on the street there, an incredible experience.

    • Hi Una, glad you found it useful, enjoy your curry!

  4. If your in the North East make the trip to Jaiho in South Shields, superb quality food and great hosts

    • Thanks Alan that’s a good tip. The nearest I’ve got to you (although it’s still 50 miles away) is the Bengal Merchant in Barnard Castle which was excellent, myself and friends rated it highly and coming from Leicester they know their curry!

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