Delight as Long Melford curry house wins awards

Melford Valley Tandoori owners Robby, left, and Ronny Malique picked up a regional runners-up award at the 2011 British Curry Awards on Monday night.
Melford Valley Tandoori owners Robby, left, and Ronny Malique picked up a regional runners-up award at the 2011 British Curry Awards on Monday night.

A FAMILY-RUN restaurant is aiming for a Michelin star after a double award success.

Having been named runner-up at the British Curry Awards last week, The Melford Valley Tandoori, in Hall Road, Long Melford, went one better at the Bangladesh Caterers’ Association awards on Sunday night, winning East Midlands caterer of the year.

Owner Robby Malique said: “The BCA awards were recognised and nominated by our peers and that’s what we open the doors for every day. It’s like winning an Oscar for us.

“These are the awards to get and we want to keep the standards up. Now we want to aim for a Michelin star – that’s what we are working towards.”

The awards, which are held by the governing body of 12,000 curry restaurants in the UK, took place at the Park Plaza hotel in Westminster, one week after the British Curry Awards’ glitzy final in Chelsea.

Speaking about the runners-up award, Mr Malique, who owns the Melford Valley with his brother Ronny and parents Dinara and Mohammed, said: “It was a dream come true, especially to come second in the Midlands, which is the Balti capital of the UK.”

The awards scrutinised every aspect of their service, from staff welfare and financial dealings, ingredients supply and a mystery customer assessment.

The owners have found themselves in the media spotlight following their recognition.

“All the Asian television channels have been speaking to us – I feel like a celebrity,” said Mr Malique.