The British Curry Awards 2019

Monday 25th November
Battersea Evolution

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Leading Lights of the UK Curry Industry honoured at British Curry Awards

'The Curry Oscars'

The unsung heroes behind Britain’s favourite restaurants were honoured once again at last year’s 14th Annual British Curry Awards at Battersea Evolution, London. We are proud that its success has exceeded our expectation, raising standards and boosting the profile of British Curry cuisine throughout the world and establish British Curry as its own right cuisine. As an event which is televised and broadcast internationally, we are now achieving total global viewing and listening figures of over 434m, as recently reviewed by ITN.

The British Curry Awards are now firmly established and regarded as the Curry Oscars while each restaurant acts as an ambassador in pursuit of local community cohesion. In the past years, we were honoured to welcome as our principal guest the Duchess of York; David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson; ministers Chris Grayling, Brandon Lewis, Eric Pickles, Dominic Grieve; other VVIPs included Sir Vince Cable, Nigel Farage, Nick Ferrari, Heston Blumenthal OBE, James Martin, David Seaman MBE, Russell Brand, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Riz Lateef, Rageh Omaar, Colin Salmon, Chris Tarrant OBE, Ulrika Jonsson and Melinda Messenger amongst others.

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The 15th Annual British Curry Awards

The next British Curry Awards is taking place at the Battersea Evolution on the 25th November 2019

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Leading Lights of the UK Curry Industry honoured at British Curry Awards. The 15th annual British Curry Awards is due to take place on the 25th November 2019 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

Nominations Open
1st June 2019

Nominations for our 15th British Curry Awards 2019 - Be sure nominate your favourite local curry restaurant!

Nominations Close
31st August 2019

Nominations will be counted and reviewed.

Submission of Entry Pack
September 2019

Restaurants will be asked to submit their entry packs.

September 2019

Entries will be reviewed by our judging panel.

October 2019

We will issue the list of shortlisted restaurants for 2019

British Curry Awards
25th November 2019

The Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ


  • History

    When Enam Ali started these Awards back in 2005, he could never have dreamed that they would become the force they are today. He had high hopes of course. After all, his reason for establishing the Awards was to provide a fittingly glamorous national shop window for the new generation of restaurateurs who, by their investment, hard work and creativity, were already setting new quality standards that even the Michelin Guide inspectors could no longer ignore.

  • Concept

    The concept of the “British Curry” is now so well established that it is possible to forget the opposition encountered before the first awards in 2005. There were a lot of people who objected, believing that this was an ‘Indian’ or ‘Bangladeshi’ only product. Enam Ali had to spend a considerable sum of his own money to fight legal battles against those who objected and successfully won these cases, to the benefit of all today. Enam was ‘ahead of the game’ in realising that the new generation, while proud of their roots, were nonetheless very ‘British’ and had evolved their own particular brand of curry. He was determined to give the talented people who were busy creating a whole new dining experience for our British customers their own identity. Now, of course, British curry is known and respected not just on these shores but throughout the world. As Enam likes to say, curry may have been born in India, but it’s in Britain that it has grown and matured. The British Curry Awards are recognition of that.

  • Today

    It would have been unthinkable at one time that our industry would be capable of organising and supporting the biggest and most spectacular annual event in the British hospitality industry calendar, or that it would be graced regularly with the attendance of our most senior politicians, leading statesmen and a whole host of famous celebrities. Her Majesty the Queen has been gracious enough to send us a message for our souvenir programme in each of the eight years of the Awards and we have been able to welcome in person several prominent Cabinet Ministers. In 2009 we were joined by David Cameron, then Leader of the Opposition and now, of course, our Prime Minister who continues to be a great supporter. It was he who dubbed the Awards “Britain’s curry ‘Oscars’.” The fact that the leaders of our country, as well as dozens of stars of TV and radio, are willing to give up some of their precious time to join us for our big night of the year is a measure of just how far we and our industry have come in a relatively short space of time. Speaking at the first Awards evening back in 2005, Enam mentioned that many people had doubted that our industry could sustain such a large-scale, glamorous event. Eight years on, it’s safe to say they’ve been proved wrong!

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The Winners From the 2019 British Curry Awards

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    London Central & City

    Dishoom - Stable Street
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    The Grand Sultan
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    Cacutta Club
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    North West

    Asha's Manchester
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    Casual Dining

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    South East

    Kuti's Brasserie
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    South West

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    Malik's Express Kitchen
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    North East

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    Casual Dining


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British Curry Awards 2019

Monday 25th November

The Trailblazing and Foremost Celebration of the Curry Industry, British Curry Awards in association with Just Eat, honours the UK’s finest Curry Restaurants

Industry achievements recognised at 15th, annual award ceremony, as Vindaloo Visas spark hope to save the UK's curry restaurants amid staff shortage crisis

Industry faces fresh challenges with continued Brexit uncertainty

The UK’s most coveted curry restaurateurs once again united in the Capital in the hope of being honoured with a jewel in the crown of the UK curry industry award sector at the annual British Curry Awards in association with Just Eat, which this year marked its 15th anniversary on Monday 25th November 2019 at Battersea Evolution. The trailblazing, pioneering and most respected celebration of the nation’s favourite cuisine, the curry, once again paid homage to the industry’s finest establishments.   

Recognised globally as the originator in the UK curry business award sector and the ‘Oscars’ of the industry, as recognised by former Prime Minister David Cameron, British Curry Awards once again welcomed a guest list of leading names from the worlds of politics, sport, film, television, showbiz and entertainment alongside restaurant owners and their staff from across the country. In attendance were Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas; actor Daniel Taylor; models Nell McAndrew, Aisleyne Horgan Wallace, Carla Howe, Danielle Mason;  music artist and TV personalities Patti Boulaye, Larissa Eddie, Jay Kamiraz; TV personalities Christopher Biggins, Tim Vincent, Seema Jaswal, Kirsten O'Brien, Nina Myskow, Phil Turner, Howard Brown; footballer Simon Garner; TV and radio presenters James Whale, Shanie Ryan; horticulturalist and TV presenter Danny Clarke; MP Chris Grayling; actress Jasmyn Banks; boxer Frank Buglioni;  The Apprentice contestants Lubna Farhan, Scarlett Allen-Horton, Shahin Hassan, Jemelin Artigas, Ryan-Mark Parsons, Pamela Laird, Karthik NagesanMasterchef contestant Nisha Parmar; and celebrity makeup artist Gary Cockerill.

As the foremost and pioneering celebration of the UK curry industry’s achievements, British Curry Awards has established itself as a national institution, recognised internationally. A nationwide nominations process to honour the nation’s top curry houses is annually led by the UK public, with the loyal patrons of curry houses on the streets of Britain nominating their favourite Asian restaurants and takeaways. The process of public nominations created an authentic list of the nation’s favourite Asian eateries, based on the opinions of local residents, leading to a rigorous vetting process by an independent panel of judges that selected the best curry restaurants across the UK.


Winners announced on the night:

Best Spice Restaurant in Scotland: Radhuni, Loanhead, Midlothian

Best Spice Restaurant in North East: Mumtaz. Bradford

Best Spice Restaurant in North West: Asha’s, Manchester

Best Spice Restaurant in Midlands: Calcutta Club Restaurant, Nottingham

Best Spice Restaurant in Wales: The Grand Sultan, Port Talbot

Best Spice Restaurant in South East: Kuti’s Brasserie, Southampton

Best Spice Restaurant in South West: Prithvi, Cheltenham

Best Spice Restaurant in Central London & City: Dishoom, Kings Cross

Best Spice Restaurant in London Outer & Suburbs: Shampan Bromley

Best Delivery Restaurant/Takeaway: Malik’s Express Kitchen, Gerrards Cross

Best Casual Dining: Dabbawal Jesmond, Newcastle

Newcomer of the Year: Kanishka, Mayfair

Beyond celebrating the best in the industry, British Curry Awards also addressed the continued challenges faced by the £4.5 billion curry business. The industry has been in crisis for years, with an average of two restaurants closing down per day and a shortfall of approximately 30,000 skilled workers, due to UK immigration policy. Hope has now been sparked for the industry by the introduction of ‘vindaloo visas’ by Home Secretary Priti Patel; to save the nations curry houses.

Vindaloo visas have lifted the immigration restrictions on the skilled chefs that are the lifeline of the curry industry. The visas have been implemented as a measure before the new, points-based immigration system is introduced post Brexit, making it easier for restaurants to access the highly skilled chefs they need and offering renewed hope to the struggling industry.

British Curry Awards Founder, Enam Ali MBE, is the UK’s leading spokesperson for the British curry industry and has been promoting it globally for the past 40 years. Speaking at the award ceremony he said, British curry has expanded all over the world and we are very proud to be able to recognise that talent and success through the British Curry Awards. We are regarded as the Oscars of the curry industry but with that status comes responsibility. The British Curry Awards is your campaign organisation. We are a £4.5 billion success story but our curry restaurants have been closing their doors at the rate of two or three a day. But that has changed and it is thanks to all the media and politicians who have supported our campaign over the year.  

For a year, we have called for more sensible and flexible immigration rules to fix our industry skill crisis. And at last the government has listened and acted and we are seeing the result now. This month, the first ‘vindaloo visa’ has been granted. We have therefore achieved the political consensus that will benefit all restaurants, customers and most importantly you all my friends who have joined us this evening. Let us all enjoy this political success tonight. These awards are not just glitz and glamour, they are awards uniting the British curry industry.”

However, challenges continue for the curry industry in the face of further Brexit extensions and uncertainty. On average, 30% of food imports for the UK curry industry comes from the EU and the Bank of England has raised concerns that food prices for produce such as fruit and vegetables could rise between 5% and 10% once the UK leaves the European Union, a worrying prospect for the curry industry. The industry has raised its concerns about further Brexit delays and the uncertainty this brings, keen to ensure optimum trade deals are secured with the single market once the UK leaves the European Union, to avoid rising food supply costs having an impact on menu prices for diners.

Jeffrey Ali, Event Organiser says, “As Brexit uncertainty continues through further extensions, the UK curry industry, alongside other valued industries in the UK, is concerned about issues the Bank of England and financial think tanks have raised in terms of potential rising costs of key supplies from the EU. The curry industry relies heavily on food supply imports from Europe and we hope the best deal is secured once the UK leaves the single market, to safeguard against rising costs that will, in turn, impact menu prices for our loyal, local diners. We implore whichever political party is in power on December 13th to negotiate the best exit deal possible to ensure businesses remain competitive and in growth post Brexit.”

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