Published: 20:57, 09 November 2021
| Updated: 21:08, 09 November 2021
A curry house in Ashford has been named the 'Best Regional Restaurant of the Year' by the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) beating hundreds of others across the South East.
Cinnamon Spice in Eureka Place found out it was shortlisted just two weeks ago having been nominated by its loyal customers.
Judging on innovation, presentation of food, hygiene standards and customer service, the restaurant which opened in 2009 took the top spot alongside 10 winners from other regions.
The team was presented with a certificate and a trophy by Ashford MP Damian Green at a special ceremony in London on Sunday night.
Owner Ash Miah said the prize 'means the world' considering how tough the past 18 months have been for his industry.
He said: “It means everything to know our customers believe in us.
"Winning this Award is a proud moment, it recognises the talent of our chefs and the contribution we are making to this industry.
"We are thrilled to be ‘Curry Champions’ and we have worked hard to win and now we need people locally to come and experience our food and restaurant.
"A big thank you to all our staff and customers because without them, this wouldn’t be possible."
Cinnamon Spice has a 4.5 rating on Trip Advisor and is rated number four out of 111 restaurants in Ashford.
During the pandemic, staff provided more than 5,000 meals to NHS staff, key workers and homeless shelters.
Earlier this year was also presented with a 5* food hygiene award for the 12th consecutive year from Ashford mayor Callum Knowles who also attended the ceremony.
The BCA Awards, which celebrates the best of British curry, is now in its 15th year.
The ceremony at the weekend was co-hosted by Samantha Simmonds, BBC News Presenter and Gary Newbon, Sky Sports Presenter.
Mr Miah says he is looking forward to putting the certificate and trophy proudly on display in the restaurant for everyone to see.