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App points the way to best restaurants

App points the way to best restaurants

February 2, 2013 No Comments

The British Curry Awards is launching an App, which will be limited just to those restaurants that have won awards, and those who have been shortlisted, in 2012 and the past. This new App, which will be free, will allow diners to choose to eat at a particular restaurant with full confidence that quality will ...

Copycat closure leaves customers in the lurch

Copycat closure leaves customers in the lurch

February 2, 2013 No Comments

Sanjay Majhu, owner of Harlequin Restaurants, which runs the Ashoka chain, has spent years trying to stop the Ashoka in Glasgow’s Elderslie Street using the name. However now the copycat restaurant has closed down, leaving customers with discount vouchers and others who have paid deposits for big bookings in the lurch. Sanjay says, “This restaurant ...

UKBA finds restaurant has no liability

UKBA finds restaurant has no liability

February 2, 2013 No Comments

The Cinnamon Tree in Radley, near Banbury, faced fines of up to £40,000 when it was raided by immigration officials in October last year and it was found that a number of workers were not lawfully in the UK. However owner Kazi Ahmad has been told a notice of no liability has been issued and ...

Retailer fights back against ‘vindictive’ UKBA

Retailer fights back against ‘vindictive’ UKBA

February 2, 2013 No Comments

The UK Border Agency faces a significant legal bill of up to £60,000, following court action by Asian food retailer Masala Bazaar, owned by Shelim Hussain MBE. Mr Hussain had launched a test case before Cardiff County Court against the UKBA after being fined £15,000 for allegedly employing three illegal workers. The case was originally ...

Fine dining in Manchester

Fine dining in Manchester

February 2, 2013 No Comments

North West entrepreneur Jaf Siddiqi is opening a new restaurant called Malai in the Manchester district of Rusholme and says he expects the £1 million venture to be the first of many. Further restaurants are planned over the next three years, including one in Manchester city centre next summer. Jaf says, “I have identified a ...

Itihaas links up with hotels

Itihaas links up with hotels

February 2, 2013 No Comments

The Birmingham-based restaurant and catering company, Itihaas, is entering into partnerships with the Q Hotel group and the Grand Connaught Rooms Hotel, providing them with high quality Indian cuisine. This expansion into external catering follows on from the opening of Itihaas Brassiere within Selfridges in Birmingham. Founded in 2003, the Q Hotel group consists of ...

Architect wins top award

Architect wins top award

February 2, 2013 No Comments

Architect Rafiq Azam was awarded the prestigious Emirates Glass Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Award 2012 at a Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons London. His project, S.A Residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh, won the Residential Building of the Year Award. The LEAF Awards, now in its ninth year, honours architects designing the buildings and solutions ...

Only One Direction to follow on Christmas Day

Only One Direction to follow on Christmas Day

February 2, 2013 No Comments

Rather than a traditional Turkey roast dinner, One Direction star Liam Payne opted for a curry at a local Indian restaurant this Christmas Day. The singer and his family turned up at the Penn Tandoori in Wolverhampton, enjoying a meal that included shish kebab starters, chicken tikka bhuna with rice and naan bread. Liam used ...

Heat is on as VAT rise starts to bite

Heat is on as VAT rise starts to bite

February 2, 2013 No Comments

Difficult trading conditions have turned up the heat on Cheltenham’s curry restaurants and trade is said to have declined by 35 to 40 per cent at some venues. Spice restaurant owners in the town have come together to urge the Government to cut VAT in order to give their businesses a much-needed boost. Mohammed Rahman, ...

Turmeric may stop deadly virus

Turmeric may stop deadly virus

February 2, 2013 No Comments

Researchers have found that turmeric may help protect people against the potentially fatal Rift Valley Fever Virus which is carried by mosquitoes. Work at the US Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases discovered that curcumin, which is found in turmeric, stopped the virus from multiplying in infected cells. The centre now plans to test 10 ...

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