The UK curry industry, known for its resilience in weathering operational and business challenges such as staff shortages and the pandemic, now faces further uncertainty with the energy and cost of living crises and amid rising inflation. With spiralling costs, it is estimated that the average price of a curry could reach as much as £30 and industry leaders fear it could lead to the closure of thousands of curry restaurants across the UK.

Curry restaurateurs have seen their ingredients costs increase by an average of 40 per cent. The price of oil has increased by more than 100 percent, while the cost of other kitchen essentials such as a 25kg sack of onions has now doubled to more than £14.50. The situation is unsustainable for the industry as curry houses are desperately trying to minimise off-setting these costs against menu pricing, as people are facing tightened budgets at home.

The Spice Business ‘Onion Bhaji Index’ indicates the average cost of an onion bhaji in the UK will jump from £4 to £12 per portion, while rising inflation means the average price of curry house favourite, the chicken tikka masala, would rise from an average menu price of £7 to £17. Add to that soaring energy bills, it is estimated that around seven in ten restaurants could be forced to shut their doors for good without government intervention.

To help promote the best Indian restaurants across the UK, the 18th annual British Curry Awards in association with Just Eat will be held on Monday 28th November at Evolution London, Battersea Park. The ceremony will honour the lecagy of theevent’s founder and the UK’s leading spokesperson for the curry industry, Enam Ali MBE who worked tirelessly to promote the curry industry globally for over 45 years.

These are the UK’s leading honours for the nation’s top curry restaurants, as voted for by the British public. The finest curry restaurateurs from across the UK will come together in the hope of being recognised as the best restaurant in their region. Widely recognised as the most coveted UK curry industry award – and once referred by former Prime Minister David Cameron as the ‘Curry Oscars’ – guests at the British Curry Awards will include prominent personalities from the worlds of politics, sport, showbiz and entertainment alongside celebrity chefs, curry restaurant owners and their staff from across the country.

Local patrons of curry houses on the streets of Britain are invited annually to nominate their favourite curry restaurants and takeaways. This process creates an authentic list of the nation’s favourite Asian eateries, based on the opinions of residents, which leads onto to a rigorous vetting process by an independent panel of judges.

The 2022 event will also mark the introduction of the Diners Choice Award – a new category that will reward curry establishments that are able to engage their customers through social media. Any nominated establishment in Britain will have a chance to win this award if they receive the highest number of live, public votes on the night.

The following Manchester restaurants have been shortlisted for the Best Restaurant North West category:
– Indique, 110-112 Burton Road, West Didsbury M20 1LP
– Blue Tiffin Restaurant, Laurel Trading Estate, Higginshaw Lane, Oldham OL2 6LH
– Asha’s, 47 Peter Street M2 3NG
– Dishoom Manchester, 32 Bridge Street M3 3BT
– Indialicious, 4 Mayfield Parade, Albert Royds Street, Oldham OL16 2US
– The Original Third Eye, 661 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury M20 6RA
– Mowgli Street Food Manchester, 16, 37 Corn Exchange M4 3TR
– Delhi House Cafe, Unit 10, Exchange Square M4 3TR
– Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly M1 2AG
– Sanskruti Restaurant, 93-95 Mauldeth Road M14 6SR
Additionally shortlisted for Best Newcomer Award is:
– Indian Affair, 362 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AZ


Jeffrey Ali, Director, British Curry Awards says, “The British Curry Awards 2022 marks the first year without our Founder, the late Enam Ali MBE. For decades, he tirelessly dedicated his life towards promoting and championing the UK Curry Industry, cementing The British Curry Awards as an ‘institution’. As the natural custodian of this revered brand, we proudly strive forward with our responsibility to continue his legacy, ensuring The British Curry Awards remain THE platform to inspire future generations to push the boundaries and innovate Britain’s favourite cuisine.

Whilst the international community, especially the UK, faces a continued onslaught of economic uncertainty and political instability, we take solace from the general public who continue to support local businesses such as their local Curry Restaurants. We’re currently developing the ‘Onion Bhaji Index’, which will help consumers and business owners alike to better understand prices at their local curry establishment. As a consumer forward award platform, our goal is to promote the best in Britain, bringing real value to our nation’s customers. We have received tens of thousands of nominations this year and look forward to announcing the results of our months-long judging process and live vote due to be held at the biggest and most anticipated ceremony on the hospitality calendar.”

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