Cinnamon Club on shortlist for National Curry Awards

Cinnamon Club owner Sabir Ahmed. Photograph by Chris Bishop
Cinnamon Club owner Sabir Ahmed. Photograph by Chris Bishop

A NEWLY opened restaurant has reached the last stages of a national competition.

THE newly opened Cinnamon Club restaurant in Trimdon Village has made it to the shortlist of the National Curry Awards.

The finals will be held at Battersea Evolution in London on Monday, December 1.

The restaurant has been listed in the best newcomer category just months after it first opened, and Cinnamon Club owner Sabir Ahmed told of his delight at being in the running for honours.

He said: “We have only been open since June, and to achieve this level of success and accolade already is just amazing for us, long may it continue.”

The awards are judged by top food critics, celebrity chefs and journalists.

Key figures have attended the prestigious event in the past including Prime Minister David Cameron who gave a speech at the awards in 2009, talking about the contribution of the British Curry Industry and its positive effect on the British society and economy.

.The best newcomer category in the awards is open to restaurants which have been open three years or less.

Mr Ahmed added: “Just to be shortlisted is incredible in itself, but we would love to win and believe with our food and beautiful venue, we could be close. So fingers crossed.”