Most of us like a curry from time to time and more than 2.5 million of us Brits eat curry from a restaurant every week. However, finding a really good curry house can be difficult when there are so many to choose from. It is always useful to have some standards to measure the quality of your curry house, their food and service. It is with this intention that the British Curry Awards take place each year to recognise the very best in Asian food. The 2013 Curry Oscars, took place on Monday evening with curry restaurants from around the UK recognised for their contribution to the British economy, with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of a culinary industry that contributes £3.6bn to the economy annually and employs more than 80,000 people. However, the irony was not lost that tightening immigration controls are preventing promising young chefs from showcasing their talents on these shores.

The ninth British Curry Awards was hosted by TV presenter Chris Tarrant and attended by chefs such as James Martin and celebrities like as Melinda Messenger (below). Finalists were whittled down from 263,000 public nominations. Winners were judged on a number of points, including  menu choice, wine list, the exterior and interior decor and food presentation.

This year's winners were:

  • Best Restaurant Scotland – KARMA (Whitburn, Edinburgh)

  • Best Restaurant North East – RAVAL RESTAURANT (Gateshead, Newcastle)

  • Best Restaurant North West – THE VICEROY (Carlisle)

  • Best Restaurant Midlands – MEM SAAB (Nottingham)

  • Best Restaurant Wales – BOKHARA RESTAURANT (Bridgend)

  • Best Restaurant South East – CHEZ MUMTAJ (St Albans, Herts)

  • Best Newcomer Restaurant – SHAMPAN 4 – THE SPINNING WHEEL (Westerham, Kent)

  • Best Restaurant South West – MYRISTICA (Bristol)

  • Best Restaurant Central London & City – BENARES (Mayfair, London)

  • Best Restaurant London Suburbs – INDIAN MOMENT (Battersea, London)

    To reflect the importance of the takeaway sector, this year's award, in association with Just Eat, the online takeaway ordering service, was presented to POLASH TANDOORI of Staines, Middlesex.

    ''That's better - that curry was hot!''


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