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                  CURRY CHAMPION

An Edinburgh restaurant has been named the best curry restaurant in

Britannia Spice in Commercial Street was one of ten spice restaurants
throughout the UK honoured last night (21 Oct) at the 2007 British Curry
Awards, sponsored by Lloyds TSB Cardnet.

The biggest event in the curry calendar, held at London’s Grosvenor House
Hotel, was attended by more than 1,100 restaurateurs, MPs, diplomats and
celebrity guests.

Britannia Spice had been one of five restaurants in Scotland and Northern
Ireland to make it to the list of 100 establishments across the UK from which
the ten winners were selected. The others were Cinnamon and Nazma
Tandoori from Aberdeen, Ashoka from Glasgow and Cinnamon from Belfast.

TV and radio celebrity Chris Tarrant, famously arrested earlier this year in an
incident at a curry restaurant in Nottingham, hosted the awards ceremony
which will be seen by TV viewers across the globe.

He told the audience: “I brought a new kind of fame this summer to Indian
restaurants in the Nottingham area when I jokingly lobbed a spoon at a rather
persistent fellow diner. Four policemen in flak jackets arrived to arrest me! It
made the headlines of every national newspaper, ITN and Sky News.

“Nottingham is a nice city, it has great Indian restaurants, but it also has a big
crime problem. It now officially has the biggest number of gun crimes of any
city in Europe. It did seem to me at the time that surely there was something
more pressing that the police's armed response team should be doing.

“It was mercifully all cleared up for the nonsense that it was. But still, officially,
the statistics for Nottingham read for the year 2007: 312 gun crimes…and one
spoon attack!”

Although unable to attend in person, Tory leader David Cameron recorded a
personal video message for the awards ceremony.

He said: “The tremendous contribution that the British spice industry makes to
our country is clear for all to see – the 100,000 people it employs, the billions
it contributes to our economy and then there’s the sheer enjoyment which the
currently 10,000 curry restaurants provide.

“Whether you like a bhoona or a dopiaza, or whether you like a balti or
whether, like some people, you look at the menu and you just panic and have
the chicken tikka massala, we all have got our favourite curry and our
favourite restaurant.

“But I know there are real challenges ahead for the future, especially in
recruiting skilled staff. This is one reason why it’s good to celebrate the
industry as a whole and, in particular, excellence within it. Celebrating
success helps to inspire others, too.”

The winners were:

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in Central London and the City: La
Porte des Indes, W1
British Curry Award Best Restaurant in Greater London & Suburbs:
Brilliant Restaurant, Southall

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in the South West of England:
Rajpoot, Bath

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in the South East: Aziz, Oxford

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in the West Midlands: Lasan,

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in the East Midlands: Mem Saab,

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in the North East: The Valley,
Corbridge, Northumberland

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in the North West: Indian Ocean,
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in Wales: Bengal Dynasty, Flintshire

British Curry Award Best Restaurant in Scotland: Britannia Spice,

In addition, Birmingham restaurant Asha’s picked up the Newcomer of the
Year award for establishments that have been open for less than three years.

A special award as Personality of the Year also went to Cyrus Todiwala
MBE, owner of London’s Café Spice Namaste and one of Britain's most
successful and widely admired Indian chefs.

This year’s British Curry Awards winners were chosen from a record number
of more than 18,000 public nominations covering 3,000-plus restaurants.

Issued on behalf of British Curry Awards Ltd by:
David Bosley Associates
01424 732904 / 07801 494979

For more information contact:
Enam Ali
07957 423812
Jeremy Symons
01737 350290 / 236680

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