KORMA blimey!

A Bolton curry house has taken away a top honour at this year’s English curry awards.

Takeaway Little India was named the nation’s best curry takeaway at this year’s Curry Awards at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, organised by Curry Life magazine.

It is the first time the Blackburn Road eaterie has entered the annual awards.

Chef Abdul Malik said: “What a great tribute for us to be recognised in this way.

“The past couple of years have been extremely challenging for businesses like ours and it is marvellous to emerge from such difficult times with such a top award.”

Little India owner Zuel Miah added: “Our success is very much a team effort and is all about giving our customers the quality of service that they demand and deserve. I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in achieving this top honour.”

The Curry Awards celebrate the unique fusion cuisine of Indian food in the UK and are part of the team which organises the British Curry Festival around the world.

Guests at the awards including broadcaster Angela Rippon.

Speaking about the 12th annual Curry Awards, editor of Curry Life Media Group, Syed Belal Ahmed, said: “Over the years we have been staging the awards, we have seen a major stepping up of standards and quality being offered to customers – to the point where several restaurants are in a position to challenge for accolades such as Michelin stars.

“One of the major aims of the awards has always been to highlight best practice going on across the country – so that everyone has the opportunity to learn from the best – and that indeed has always been a driving principle behind Curry Life itself.”

Matt Bushby, the UK marketing director for Just Eat, added: “We are thrilled to sponsor the Curry Awards, celebrating one of our most treasured and iconic industries – one that has helped so many communities in so many ways over the past 18 months.”

The ceremony raised just over £2,000 for the British Asian Trust.