Valley looks to next year’s British Curry Awards

A NORTHUMBERLAND restaurant missed out on a trophy in the British Curry Awards last night in a glittering ceremony attended by celebrities and politicians.

The Valley restaurant, in Corbridge, had been nominated for British Spice Restaurant of the Year: North East, which also covers Yorkshire, in the annual awards, dubbed the ‘curry Oscars’.

The restaurant had won a British Curry Award twice before but this year lost out to Leeds restaurant, Aagrah in the final.

The event was hosted by BBC presenter Jenny Bond and celebrity impersonator Rory Bremner. Judging Criteria based on menu choice, wine list, exterior and interior decor and plate presentation. In total there were over 270,000 public nominations from diners across the UK.

Valley owner Daraz Aziz, who attended the award ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London, said it was an honour to attend the awards.

“It was a fantastic evening and it was great that the Valley was recognised among the best Indian restaurants in the country. It really was like the Oscars,” said Mr Aziz.

“Even though it is disappointing not to win, we’ll be turning our attention to securing a nomination for next year’s event.”

It comes after the restaurant took part in the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup, a national competition organised by MPs, in London earlier this year.

The Valley, built on the North platform of Corbridge station, is famed for its Passage to India train service whereby diners board a train at Newcastle or Carlisle Station and waiters in traditional costume serve drinks and take pre-orders which they phone ahead to the kitchen.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who described the awards as the ‘curry Oscars’, said:

“It’s often said that curry is Britain’s national dish and it’s easy to see why. It’s not just the flavour served up in the thousands of the curry restaurants across the country, it is the welcome too. Those who work in the curry industry enliven Britain’s high streets, boost local economies and contribute to local communities.”

The British Curry Awards were established by British entrepreneur Enam Ali MBE who the founded the event in 2005.


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