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Curry house in Greater Manchester named best in UK at ‘Curry Oscars’

Two Greater Manchester restaurants took home awards at the prestigious ceremony

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ARTA 2023 & The Milnrow Balti

A Greater Manchester curry house has been awarded the coveted title of ‘Champion of Champions’ at the Asian Restaurant And Takeaway Awards 2023.

The Milnrow Balti Restaurant, based on Dale Street in Milnrow, Rochdale, beat some tough competition to be crowned champion at the prestigious awards ceremony which celebrates Pan Asian cuisine across the UK.

ARTA 2023, dubbed the ‘Curry Oscars’, welcomed a guest list of the nation’s most popular Asian restaurateurs alongside MPs, dignitaries, and celebrities as they collectively honoured the achievements of the industry.

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The Milnrow Balti took home another award for Best Regional Restaurant of the Year, which it took home last year also.

In another win for Greater Manchester, the Bradshaw Tandoori in Bolton won Regional Takeaway of the Year North West.

The ceremony, held at Hilton Park Lane, London on October 8th, was hosted by TV presenters, Samantha Simmonds and Paul Martin. Martin also entertained the guests with a magic tricks show.

Interspersing the awards presentation were performances by singer Kavya Limaye and Ujaan Mukherjee – both performed live and delighted the audience with their talent.

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ARTA Founder, Mohammed Munim, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists of ARTA 2023 – the Pan Asian restaurants, takeaways, and chefs who are the pride of the UK’s hospitality industry. 

“As the first and foremost award ceremony to honour the finest of the UK’s Asian restaurant and takeaway industry, we salute your resilience and fortitude as you continue to serve diners and customers across the UK in particularly challenging circumstances. 

“I would like to thank Lords, Ministers, High Commissioners, dignitaries, and guests for joining us on this occasion.”

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He continued: “The UK’s popular Asian restaurant industry, synonymous with taking operational and business challenges such as staff shortages and the Covid pandemic head on, now faces a new set of challenges – the current cost of living crisis. 

“The cost of supplies, ingredients, and energy have risen significantly while customers are also facing tightened household budgets. 

“In this tough situation, ARTA once again honours the UK’s best Asian restaurants and takeaways who continue to deliver the best in the restaurant and home dining in these tough circumstances. 

“ARTA recognises this industry, which is the result and displays the successes of multiculturalism in the UK.”

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Winners at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards 2023:

  • Champion of Champion: The Milnrow Balti Restaurant, Rochdale
  • National Chef of the Year: The Chequers Indian Lounge, Great Blakenham, Ipswich
  • National Takeaway of the Year: Kaani Kaana, Chelmsford
  • Newcomer of the Year: Coco Buffet, Weston-super-Mare
  • Fine Dine Restaurant of the Year: Dining Room, Sheerness, Rochester
  • Street Food Restaurant of the Year: My Delhi, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Japanese Restaurant of the Year: Maneki Ramen, Worcester
  • Korean Restaurant of the Year: Yori, Piccadilly Circus, London
  • Sri Lankan Restaurant of the Year: Colombo Kitchen Restaurant, Worcester Park, Kingston upon Thames
  • European Restaurant of the Year: Tamasha, Playa Blanca, Spain
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – Northern Ireland: Nu Delhi Restaurant Lounge, Belfast
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – Wales: Belfoi, Carmarthen, Swansea
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – North West: The Milnrow Balti Restaurant, Rochdale, Oldham
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – West Midlands: Shifnal Balti, Shifnal, Telford
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – East Midlands: Nazreen, Kettering, Northampton
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – Hertfordshire: Cumin Bar & Restaurant, Broxbourne, Enfield
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – Essex: Cinnamon, Epping, Chelmsford
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – Surrey: Tarana, Lingfield, Redhill
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – South Central: Jalpari of Woodley, Woodley, Reading
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – North London: The Rajdoot, Hampstead, London
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – South London: Saka Maka, Hither Green, London
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – West London: Durbar Tandoori Restaurant, Bayswater, London
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – South West: Daaku, Falmouth, Truro
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – Sussex: Tamasha, Lindfield, Redhill
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year – North East: Raval Indian Brasserie & Bar, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – North East: Balti Hut, Linthorpe, Cleveland
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – North West: Bradshaw Tandoori, Bradshaw, Bolton
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – West Midlands: Chutney Express, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – Essex: Kaani Kaana, Chelmsford
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – Surrey: Mohini Balti House, Carshalton, Sutton
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – Kent: Sher-E-Bangla, Longfield, Dartford
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – East Anglia: Eastern Spice Ipswich, Suffolk, Ipswich
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – East Midlands: Miah’s Takeaway, Heanor, Derby
  • Regional Takeaway of the Year – Wales: Kalimirch, Barry, Cardiff
  • Chef of the Year – Wales: Elaichi, Carmarthen, Swansea
  • Chef of the Year – East Anglia: The Chequers Indian Lounge, Great Blakenham, Ipswich
  • Chef of the Year – East London: The Empress, Whitechapel, East London
  • Chef of the Year – South West: Spice Club, Bridgwater, Taunton
  • Chef of the Year – Surrey: Indian Panorama, East Molesey, Kingston upon Thames
  • Chef of the Year – Hertfordshire: Ruby, Hertford, Stevenage

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Happy Valley actress Sarah Lancashire wins performance of the year award

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Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire won the Rose d‘Or Award for her portrayal of Catherine Cawood in the BBC drama.

The Rose d’Or Awards is a prestigious ceremony celebrating international excellence in entertainment programming. The 62nd event was held in London and hosted by comedian and writer David Baddiel. 

Collecting her performance of the year award, Lancashire said: “This is thrilling, [I want to] thank those who are responsible for bringing this amazing series to screen.”

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Happy Valley is an award-winning British crime drama set in the Calder Valley area of West Yorkshire, written by Sally Wainwright.

The series, which aired on BBC One, follows Lancashire in the role of no-nonsense copper Sergeant Catherine Cawood who comes up against James Norton’s character; evil criminal Tommy Lee Royce – who Sergeant Cawood holds responsible for her daughter’s suicide.

The gripping series concluded earlier this year and has been receiving a raft of nods for performances, as well as for the show itself, ever since.

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The BBC also scooped best documentary for The Man Who Played With Fire while ITV’s The 1% Club, hosted by comedian Lee Mack, picked up the award for studio entertainment.

British series A Whole Lifetime With Jamie Demetriou also took home the best comedy entertainment award on the night.

In his acceptance speech, Demetriou said: “What a lovely looking award this is. It needs to be said, David’s opening monologue is honestly one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.”

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Lancashire, Dayan and Edebiri join previous recipients of Rose d’Or special awards, including Sir David Attenborough, Brian Cox, Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, James Corden, John Cleese and the late Dame Angela Lansbury.

The Rose d’Or Awards has defined the gold standard for excellence and achievement in International TV and Audio programme making since 1961.

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Mum opens accessible chippy so autistic son ‘has a job for life’

She opened the chippy after a stranger made a comment about her son online

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A mum from Lancashire has opened up a chippy so that her autistic son ‘has a job for life’, after a stranger’s comment online. 

Gillian Jervis opened Oliver’s Chippy in Warton, near Blackpool, after a stranger’s comments on a forum online – calling her son Oliver ‘a burden on the state’ – prompted her to prove them wrong.

About the comment, Gillian told ITV News: “I sometimes think I dreamt the comment and that I made it all up, because why would you say something like that?

“Have I read it wrong? I went through all of those emotions – it knocked me sideways.”

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The mum-of-four decided to start a business in her son’s name and opened Oliver’s Chippy in 2021 – where Gillian is already training the 12-year-old so that he can take over when he grows up.

On why she chose to open a chip shop business for Oliver she said: “It gives him his structure, it’s a bit like school; his daily routine that he has to have.

“What you end up doing everyday – prepping the food, serving the food, making up the food, stocking the fridges… he’ll learn all that before he starts at sixteen.”

Oliver’s autism means he has some communication difficulties though he is able to express himself in other ways.

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The chippy is built with facilities to help people with communication and accessibility issues by using visual screens on the tills instead of words and phrases.

As Gillian explains: “You’ve got people with a stutter, so I’ve looked at it this way. Before people start to speak, they look at pictures don’t they?

“It’s better to see a picture of what you want, it gives you the confidence to come into my shop and order what you want without saying it.”

Not only do these images help Oliver, they also help customers who may communicate better with visual aids. Not only this, the chippy also offers services to help make it easier for all neurodivergent people to place their orders.

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Gillian said: “We do have a disability point access, we do have a ramp, we do have a visual menu.

“If you came in and you want your order all separate and you said ‘jigsaw’ we know that it means everything’s separate.” The chippy can make sure different food isn’t touching others by offering cartons with separated sections.

Since opening, the chip shop has fed more than 1,300 children and supported other families across the Fylde Coast. This includes giving away a family holiday, an iPad, air fryer and over 100 competition meals.

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She continued: “We had the cost of living crisis, fuel shortages, the after effects of Covid and people not working as they were, with people losing their jobs due to Covid as well.

“So I just said to Arran, ‘shall we feed the kids for free?’ He said ‘yes – but how are we going to do it?’ I said ‘I don’t know, but we’ll find a way of doing it’.”

Opening in 2021 during the pandemic, the first Easter holidays saw the chip shop take a financial hit as it gave out free meals for children in the area.

But during the summer holidays later that same year, the business was supported by Bryning with Warton Parish Council as a Go Fund Me was started to raise the funds.

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Elderly woman, 82, dies after being hit by vehicle on main road

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An 82-year-old woman has sadly died after being hit by a vehicle on a main road in Tameside yesterday.

The elderly woman was critically injured in the collision which happened on Manchester Road, in Audenshaw, at around 5.55pm on Monday, November 20th.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, close to the Snipe Retail Park, and an ambulance took her to hospital.

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The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old woman, remained at the scene and has continued to assist police with enquiries.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the woman has now died from her injuries and are appealing for witnesses of the collision to come forward to help them with their investigations.

Confirming the tragic update in a statement, the force said: “At around 5.55pm on Monday November 20th, Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of a road traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Manchester Road, Audenshaw.

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“An 82-year-old woman who was taken to hospital in a serious condition has since sadly died from her injuries.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old woman, remained at the scene and is continuing to assist police with enquiries.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision – and are continuing to appeal for anyone with relevant mobile, dashcam or CCTV footage to please come forward.”

Members of the public can submit information and footage by calling 0161 856 4741 quoting log 2797 of 20/11/23. You can also report information online using the LiveChat function on the website: www.gmp.police.uk.

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