A BASINGSTOKE restaurant has been shortlisted for English Curry Awards that celebrate Asian talent across the UK’s hospitality industry.

Indian restaurant Spices and Spirits in Kings Furlong is shortlisted for the category of best restaurant of the year from South West.

Opened in 2019, Spices and Spirits is run by a husband-and-wife team – Nitin and Anushree Patil.

A spokesperson for the restaurant said they are overwhelmed by the support of their guests.

“It is the love and affection of all our guests has taken us to this level. We look forward to continued support to serve better.”

The winners are expected to be announced in October.

A spokesperson for the English Curry Awards 2021 said: “The curry campaign has been hugely successful across the UK with Scottish, English and London editions to the awards.

“The English Curry Awards were one of our first and remain one of our best awards. It’s always a brilliant night of fun, food and celebration.

“Despite the many challenges facing the curry industry, these awards prove year after year how much talent there is fuelling the industry, satisfying all of our curry cravings. We have an abundance of talent and fierce competition this year and we wish best of luck to all finalists.”