So paneer yet so far!

We’re commiserating after narrowly missing out being crowned ‘Best in the North West’ at the 11th annual British Curry Awards. We finished runner-up to The Viceroy in Carlisle at the ceremony at London’s Battersea Evolution last night (Monday 30th November 2015).

A top accolade on its own, the win would have been even sweeter as it would have taken our tally of British Curry Awards to five! In the decade since the competition began in 2004, we have taken home the ‘Best in the North West’ award in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. It’s was a tough category this year and we’re disappointed not to have won – making it five BCA would have been brilliant, and something no other restaurant has managed, but we love being involved nonetheless.

The British Curry Awards are dubbed the Oscars of the curry industry and despite a healthy number of other competitions in the Indian food sector, this is the one everyone wants to win. It’s a star studded event with many celebrity guests and presenters in attendance.

Winning entries are based on customer nomination, and the innovation of Indian food. We’ve never been scared to attempt new things and are constantly coming up with new and exciting dishes and challenging the way Indian food is enjoyed. Earlier this year we introduced our new Thali menu which has proved extremely popular with diners as they explore new flavours and ways of eating Indian food. More recently, we have launched a new Desi menu (meaning from our country and refers to the Indian subcontinent) featuring foods influence by the Punjab.

We want people to experience real Indian food. Proper Indian food. The flavours, cooking techniques, ways of serving food and even portion sizes. We want to take our customers back to basics and challenge them to rethink their idea of a curry and the way they enjoy Indian food.

The new Punjabi menu, along with a new-look restaurant following an extensive refurbishment, were unveiled last week to a crowd of 150 delighted customers. It’s been a fantastic year for us with the addition of the new menus and the refurbishment of the dining room. A British Curry Award would have been the icing on the cake but it’s an exciting time for the Indian Ocean and we can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring.