Winners for the 8th English Curry Awards were revealed after a glamorous, black-tie awards ceremony was held on September 17 at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill in Dudley and a quartet of restaurants from the region came home with honours.
The much-anticipated annual awards aim to recognise and reward the hard work, determination and dedication of those in the country’s curry industry.
The big accolade of the night for the region was Restaurant of the Year, which was won by Shikara in Whitley Bay. They saw off competition from Jashn Restaurant (Newcastle), Lal Khazana (Northumberland), Jamdani (Newcastle), Kamal Balti House (Newcastle), Namaste & Kings Prosecco Lounge (South Shields), Shampan (Whitley Bay), Solomons (Newcastle), Asmara Indain Cuisine (Blyth) and Ashianna (Bedlington).
And Shikara then went one better by winning the overall Restaurant of the Year for the whole country!