Melford curry house among award nominees

AWARD HOPEFULS: Ronny Malique, Warren Bertram and Sazzad Kabir.
AWARD HOPEFULS: Ronny Malique, Warren Bertram and Sazzad Kabir.

Brothers Robby and Ronny Malique, who run the Melford Valley Tandoori in Long Melford, are in the running to win a big prize.

Their restaurant is among 108 restaurants nationally short-listed for the 2012 British Curry Awards – the industry’s Oscars.

The results will be announced at a black tie dinner in London on Monday, which will be attended by more than 1,600 restaurateurs, celebrities and senior political figures from across the UK, including – according to the brothers – the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Robby, who took over the family business with his brother two years ago, said: “My brother and I are looking forward to having our photo taken with the Prime Minister so we can have it framed and put on our wall. It will be awesome.”

The restaurant has been established since 1991. Since the brothers took it over, they have been aiming to get awards, like AA rosettes and even a Michelin Star.

“It’s a big honour to be short-listed,” said Robby. It’s all done by public nomination and then you have a mystery diner come and sample your food.”