Scottish takeaway crowned Best In Britain

A Hamilton takeaway has beaten off competition from 30,000 restaurants and takeaways around the UK to be crowned the Just Eat Best Takeaway In Britain at the Asian Curry Awards.

Published 23rd Nov 2018
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Mushtaqs Restaurant in the town's Almada Street, has successfully defended their title after being named the Best Takeaway in Britain for the second year running.

Over 1,000 guests attended a glittering gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday 18th November, to honour the winners.

The awards were co-hosted by BBC TV presenter Babita Sharma and Tommy Sandhu from the BBC Radio Asian Network.

The restaurant's chef director Ajmal Mushtaq said: “It was overwhelming when it was announced that we had won the title of being the Best Takeaway in Britain. This is great news for Hamilton and we are just honoured to have put Hamilton on the culinary map once again.

“We are really grateful for the love and support we have received from the people of Hamilton – they are the best.

“My wonderful team deserve this great award. There is an incredible amount of hard work, skill and quality control that goes into making every meal the very best it can be and for Mushtaqs to be recognised at the highest level was a great achievement.”

Asian Curry Awards chairman Yawar Khan said: “The standard of takeaways in across Britain continues to rise and it is an honour to be recognising Mushtaqs at the pinnacle of this industry. They run the most impressive takeaway service that I have ever seen.”

Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat said: "The curry industry is a multi-billion-pound sector thanks to the sheer hard work and dedication of every entrepreneur, restaurant owner, chef, waiter and delivery driver. I'd like to congratulate all the winners."

Yawar Khan added: “The judges were really impressed by Mushtaqs and their very high standards of hygiene, efficiency, flavour of food and their important role in the community.”

Head Chef Garry said: “I am just so delighted for the team. The competition was very tough indeed and this award is testament to the great work that goes on behind the scenes. We are a team based here in Hamilton, and to be recognised at the highest level in the industry is a truly special feeling.”

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Mushtaqs recently featured on BBC2’s Best of British Takeaways, while head chef Ajmal was crowned Scotland’s Chef of the Year at the Food Awards Scotland in August last year where he beat off competition from across the country.

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