FOUR Bolton curry houses have cooked their way in the finals of a prestigious national competition.

The quartet of culinary wizards are down to the final few in the English Curry Awards 2019.

Up for the title of Best Takeaway in the North West is Spice Island in Tonge Moor Road.

The Bangladeshi restaurant has been feeding the people of Bolton for 15 years, picking up awards and finalists spots in the process.

A Spice Island spokesman said: “We are extremely proud to be nominated again by our loyal customers and to be finalists at the prestigious awards for four years running and to have won in 2016 is an achievement we and all our customers can be proud of.

“For Bolton to have a multi-award winning business is something which puts the town on the map. It is great news to hear of our nomination again in what is our 24th Anniversary month a birthday present we really appreciate.”

Also among the contenders are Royal Balti House and Spice Valley, who are in the running to be named the North West Restaurant of the Year.

The town’s oldest Indian restaurant, Royal Balti House first opened its doors in 1969 as Kohinoor which means Jewel In The Crown.

Located in Lower Market Street, Farnworth, the restaurant serves a range of tradition curries, clay oven cooked cuisine and duck dishes, and is famous for its 'Bolti' dish.

A twist on the classic balti, and named in honour of the restaurant's home town, the curry is made with achari pickle and an extra special ingredient ­— Lancashire Sauce made by family firm Entwistle’s of Ramsbottom.

Spice Valley has been serving authentic Indian food to the people of Horwich for more than 15 years.

After making it to the final in last year’s awards the Spice Valley will hoping this is their year to take the crown.

Mangrove Restaurant in Westhoughton is hoping to be named Most Wanted Restaurant.

The 9th annual English Curry Awards will be held in Birmingham on August 19.