Elm Masala Restaurant on Elm Grove, Hayling Island, has beaten off fierce competition to be crowned the inaugural winner of MP Alan Mak’s Havant Curry House Awards 2015.
Mr Mak presented Elm Masala’s owner Alomgir Hussain with a certificate at his restaurant on Hayling Island, alongside local Hayling councillors Andy Lenaghan and Mike Wilson, and Sue Tinney, a representative from charity partner World Vision.
Elm Masala was one of more than 10 curry houses across the Havant constituency nominated by residents.
Leigh Park’s Curry Cottage finished runner-up, with Spice Village from Emsworth in third place.
Elm Masala has now been nominated by Mr Mak as Havant’s entry for the prestigious Tiffin Cup – a national competition to identify Britain’s favourite curry house.
The cup has been running for seven years and is awarded by a cross-party group of MPs in the House of Commons.
Its charity partner this year is World Vision, a Christian humanitarian charity with active supporters in Havant, including Orchard Road resident Ms Tinney, World Vision’s Hampshire Ambassador.
She said: ‘Alan Mak’s Havant Curry House Awards have been an excellent and popular community initiative.
‘I’m delighted that the winner Elm Masala goes forward to the national Tiffin Cup which supports World Vision, the international children’s charity.’
Mr Mak MP said: ‘Supporting local small businesses across Havant like Elm Masala is a big priority for me as local MP.
‘We have a strong local economy and we need to support and showcase our businesses to keep that going.
‘Congratulations to Elm Masala and I hope they can bring the Tiffin Cup to Havant.’
Elm Masala owner Alomgir Hussain said: ‘We’re very happy to win Alan Mak MP’s curry house award and honoured that he visited us personally to present it.
‘Thank you to all our customers for their support.’