A BASINGSTOKE restaurant has won top honour at the English Curry Awards that celebrate Asian talent across the UK’s hospitality industry.

Indian restaurant Spices and Spirits in Kings Furlong won the Critics’ Choice award in a black-tie ceremony held at Birmingham.

Opened in 2019, Spices and Spirits is run by a husband-and-wife team – Nitin and Anushree Patil. The restaurant was relaunched in July this year.

Reacting to the award, Nitin and Anushree thanked their customers for the top honour.

“It is the love and affection of all our guests has taken us to this level,” they said.

“We look forward to continued support to serve better.”

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 are one of our first and remain one of our best awards. It’s was a brilliant night of fun, food and celebration.

“Despite the many challenges facing the curry industry, these awards proved 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 the winners.”