A Rochdale curry house has been named best in the UK at The Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards

The Milnrow Batli scooped two huge gongs on the night

By Natalie Rees | 10 October 2023

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A curry house in Rochdale has been crowned the best in the whole of the UK for the second year in a row. 

The Milnrow Balti Restaurant, in Rochdale, bagged the top prize of Champion of Champions at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards, which took place on Sunday.

And swiping a second accolade, the popular local takeaway was also voted the North West’s Regional Restaurant of the Year, beating hundreds of other food outlets to the coveted title.

Restaurateurs from all across the country made their way down to the capital on Sunday for the largest celebration of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK. 

They were joined by MPs, dignitaries, and celebrities as they collectively honoured the achievements of the industry.

The Milnrow Balti wasn’t the only spot to come away with silverware from the awards show, which was hosted by TV presenters Samantha Simmonds and Paul Martin at the Park Lane Hilton.

The Bradshaw Tandoori in Bolton was named Regional Takeaway of the Year for the North West.

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.

“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.”