Cobra Good Curry Guide 2013 Reveals Award Winners
The Cobra Good Curry Guide 2013 has revealed the very best of the country’s 9,000 Indian Restaurants.
Now in its 30th year, the 11th edition of the A5 size paperback has 384 full colour pages, enhanced with dozens of colour pictures of restaurants and their food. Each restaurant entry contains details on food style, quality, price, service, vegetarian availability, BYO, takeaway info, home delivery service and more. New features include website details and postcodes to assist navigation.
From the 9,000 Indian Restaurants and Balti Houses restaurants in the British Isles, the new guide features 1,000 entries, including the A-List which identifies those restaurants which are well above average and Top 100 List - the second tier of high achievers.
This year the top curry award has gone to the Painted Heron in Chelsea. The capital does well in curry charts but other areas of the country have won rave reviews for their restaurants. Moksh in Cardiff, Massala in Cobham, Surrey, and The Ambrette Margate, Kent and Rye, East Sussexare deemed the nation’s best.
The Best UK Chef accolade is shared between went to Yogesh Datta, Painted Heron, Chelsea and Steven Gomes, Moksh, Cardiff.
The Guide's introduction continues the tradition of carrying fact and fun features including a 30 year look-back on the Curry Club's history, the Currination, a light-hearted look back on our nation's currinary activities since the last edition, a Cobra recipe section and a survey of unusual pickles. The Guide's definitive menu glossary has been updated to reflect increasing regional and more sophisticated curry offerings. Also featured is an alphabetical town index and county maps.
The latest edition of the guide reveals West Yorkshire is the strongest performing area outside London with 14 entries in the top 100. And other well-known curry capitals, such as Birmingham and Manchester, also feature strongly in the list. Chapman added: "These areas are traditional strongholds. But, as the book shows, there is an even spread of quality restaurants across the country. It's my job to whittle and identify them."
The internet provides copious restaurant information, but its informants and critics are largely anonymous and therefore the reliability of their reports lack credibility. The Guide's strap line is "Britain's Top Restaurants as chosen by you", and the information is compiled with the help of hundreds of members of the public, all of whom are listed in full and many of whom have been reliably reporting for years.
Every restaurant listed in the Guide is entitled to display a 2013 wall certificate, signed by Pat Chapman.
Mr Chapman founded the Curry Club in 1982, to share information about recipes, restaurants and spicy foods.His network of reporters led to the publication of the Good Curry Guides. Among its fans are broadcaster Sir David Frost, 73. He said of the guide: "It tells you everything you want to know about curry." And celebrity chef Delia Smith, 71, wrote: "With it he has done the nation a real service.”
FULL LIST OF 2013 Cobra Good Curry Guide BESTS
BEST IN UK
Painted Heron, Chelsea, SW1
Yogesh Datta, Painted Heron, Chelsea, SW1
Steven Gomes, Moksh, Cardiff
The Ambrette Margate (& Rye) Kent BEST IN SOUTH EAST
BombayBay Southsea Hants BEST ON SOUTHCOAST
Brilliant Southall Middlesex BEST IN OUTER LONDON, WEST
Chez Mumtaj St Albans HERTS BEST IN HOME COUNTIES, NORTH
Mango Lounge Windsor Berks BEST IN HOME COUNTIES, WEST
Massala Cobham BEST IN SOUTH ENGLAND
Sesame New Malden BEST IN OUTER LONDON, SOUTH
NORTH OF ENGLAND
Akbars Bradford (2), Leeds (2), Birmingham, Manchester, Middlesborough Newcastle, Rotherham, York and Glasgow BEST UK GROUP
Ashoka Sheffield BEST IN YORKSHIRE
Gulshan Liverpool BEST IN MERSEYSIDE
Valley 397 Newcastle BEST IN NORTH EAST
Anoki Burton, Derby, Nottingham BEST IN MIDLANDS
Curry Fever Leicester Leics BEST IN EAST MIDLANDS
Maharaja Birmingham West Midlands BEST IN WEST MIDLANDS
Tamarind Northants Northampton MOST INNOVATIVE CHEF
Calcutta Brasserie Milton Keynes Bucks BEST IN HOME COUNTIES
WEST OF ENGLAND
Koloshi Cheltenham Glocs BEST IN GLOCESTERSHIRE
Mysterica Bristol BEST IN THE SOUTH WEST
The Palm Marlborough Wiltshire BEST IN WILTSHIRE
Rajdoot St Ives Cornwall BEST IN CORNWALL
Viceroy Yeovil, Axminster and Bath BEST IN THE WEST COUNTRY
Balaka St Andrews Fife BEST IN NORTH SCOTLAND
Mya, Edinburgh, Lothian BEST IN EAST SCOTLAND
Shish Mahal Glasgow BEST IN WEST SCOTLAND
Verandah Edinburgh BEST OVERALL in SCOTLAND
Moksh Cardiff Glamorgan BEST IN WALES
Bengal Dynasty Shotton & Llandudno BEST IN NORTH WALES