Curry house voted best take­away in West Mids

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IT has taken a year of cook­ing, months of ad­ju­di­cat­ing and weeks of vot­ing, but the best take­away in the West Mid­lands has fi­nally been re­vealed.

The Bri­tish Take­away Awards, has an­nounced the best take­away in Birm­ing­ham for 2018 – and it is Chut­ney Ex­press from Cas­tle Bromwich.

The award com­pletes a mem­o­rable three years for the take­away. In Septem­ber’s English Curry Awards 2018, Chut­ney Ex­press won the award for The Take­away and Home De­liv­ery of the Year for West Mid­lands, hav­ing won the Best Take­away Award at the Curry Awards in 2016.

It was also voted Best Lo­cal Curry House in Birm­ing­ham in the Birm­ing­ham Mail’s King of Curry Awards.

To win its lat­est award, Chut­ney Ex­press over­came com­pe­ti­tion from four short- listed ri­vals to win the prize – in­clud­ing one from just across the Ch­ester Road.

The West Mid­lands’ top five in­cluded three In­dian take­aways and two chip­pies.

They in­cluded last year’s 2017 win­ning shop – Lime Pickle in Windleaves Road, not far from Chut­ney Ex­press.

Also on the short­list was Cafe Balti Birm­ing­ham – once again in the run­ning hav­ing also made the top five in all four years of the com­pe­ti­tion. This year’s other two fi­nal­ists from the West Mid­lands in­cluded Mr Chips from Stour­bridge and an­other chip­pie called Fid­dlers El­bow Fish­eries from Leint­war­dine in north Here­ford­shire.

The West Mid­lands’ first Best Take­away award win­ner in 2015 was won by The Ke­bab Shop in Dud­ley Road, Win­son Green – when Cafe Balti, Lime Pickle and Chut­ney Ex­press were also fi­nal­ists.

Lime Pickle was the re­gional win­ner in 2016, when its prize money was used to put ten home­less peo­ple up in a ho­tel for Christ­mas, and then it won the re­gional and UK top prize last year in 2017.

The West Mid­lands re­gion ( as de­fined by Just Eat) is one of 12 re­gions. They in­clude the East Mid­lands, Greater Lon- don, Cen­tral Lon­don, North East, North West, North­ern Ire­land, Scot­land, South East, South West, Wales and York­shire.

The re­gional win­ners were an­nounced at the The Savoy ho­tel in Lon­don on Novem­ber 12, 2018.

The judg­ing panel in­cluded for­mer Dragon’s Den star Sarah Willing­ham and Gra­ham Cor­field, UK Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Just Eat.

Mr Cor­field said: “Mak­ing it to the list of the top five take­aways in the West Mid­lands is a great achieve­ment. It means cus­tomers be­lieve they are pro­vid­ing great food and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice.”

A chef in ac­tion at Chut­ney Ex­press

Chut­ney Ex­press in Cas­tle Bromwich

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