Leamington Spa’s Millenium Balti has been crowned the best curry house in the West Midlands, winning the English Curry Awards 2017’s top regional prize last month.
The family-run balti house on Bath Street was announced winner at the annual event in Manchester on August 21. It fought off competition from five other venues, including Tumeric Gold in Coventry which was also shortlisted for best restaurant design and audience.
The Millennium Balti has competed in a series of other competitions: in 2016, it was voted the Leamingon Courier’s curry house of the year, and went on to be shortlisted for the regional heats of the British Takeaway Awards, where it represented both Warwickshire and Coventry.
The same year, it also won best Asian restaurant at the Asian Curry Awards, while chef Ahad Nur went on to win the Asian and Oriental Chef Award 2017. In August, it was shortlisted for best Indian restaurant in Warwickshire for the Curry Life Awards, run in association with JustEat.
Despite some very tough competition we won thanks to all our customers and their continued support and loyalty.
The curry house, located by the parish church and a twenty-minute bus ride from campus, sponsors Warwick’s cricket team and the Warwick Medics RFC.
It is popular for its lamb dishes and vindaloos, and serves a range of dishes from mild to hot and spicy. Despite its accolades, the restaurant offers affordable prices with student discounts during the week.
Owner Mohammed Abdul Ahad commented: “This is wonderful news.”
“We have represented Leamington and are very proud.”
“Despite some very tough competition we won thanks to all our customers and their continued support and loyalty.”
Second-year student and Leamington resident Lauren Hurrell added: “It one hundred percent deserves it; they make the best chicken saag ever. And you have to try the vindaloo…”
The British Curry Awards are set to take place this November, and will see curry houses across the Midlands compete to win the region’s title from last year’s top pick, Asha’s in Birmingham.