British Curry Awards 2021: the Manchester restaurant named best in the north west

A city restaurant has beaten off competition to claim a 2021 ‘curry Oscar’.

Asha’s in Manchester has been named the best restaurant in the north west at the annual British Curry Awards.

The Peter Street restaurant and cocktail scooped the accolade at a ceremony in London this week.

Bolton takeaway Spice Island was shortlisted in the best newcomer award but was beaten by Mathura in London.

The awards are voted for by the public each year.

British Curry Awards founder, Enam Ali MBE, said it has been a tough year or two for the industry. He said: “What a year we have had – full of highs and lows as we have come out of the pandemic and had to try and rebuild our businesses after lockdowns. The support of our customers has been incredible but the challenges are still significant.

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“At the British Curry Awards we have always stood up for the causes that matter to the industry. We are all now benefitting from the so-called vindaloo visa which has helped address the chef shortage problem. We will always fight your corner.”

He also called for food hygiene assessments to be sped up to help restaurants working to upgrade their star ratings be revisited more quickly.

The full list of winners is here:

Best Restaurant Scotland: Dishoom, 3A St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD Best Restaurant North East: Mumtaz Restaurant, 386-410 Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 3HS Best Restaurant North West: Asha’s, 47 Peter Street, Manchester M2 3NG Best Restaurant East Midlands: Montaz Newmarket, 30 Old Station Road, Newmarket CB8 8DN Best Restaurant West Midlands: Pushkar Restaurant, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ Best Restaurant Wales: Purple Poppadom, 185a Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff CF11 9AJ Best Restaurant South East: Chez Mumtaz, Centurian House 136-142 London Road, St Albans AL1 1PQ Best Restaurant South West: Prithvi Restaurant, 37 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7HG Best Restaurant London Central & City: Benares, 12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6BS Best Restaurant London – Outer & Suburbs: Shampan Bromley, 38 Chatterton Road, Bromley BR2 9QN Best Newcomer: Mathura Restaurant, 4 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB Best Delivery Restaurant/Takeaway: Maliks Express Kitchen, Shop 5, Marsham Way, Gerrards Cross SL9 8AB Most Innovative Restaurant Concept: Khai Khai Indian Restaurant, 29 Queen Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 3UG