The newly opened Cinnamon Club restaurant in Trimdon, County Durham, has been shortlisted for a top national award.
The contemporary Indian eatery which also boasts a champagne bar, has been nominated in the ‘best newcomer’ category at the National Curry Awards 2014, which are due to take place in London on December 1.
The Cinnamon Club has reached the short-list stage – just five months after opening its doors.
Owner Sabir Ahmed says: “We are overwhelmed with this whole competition and we are truly honoured and humbled firstly to have even been nominated, but also with the support and messages we have received within the local area so far.
“We have only been open since June, and to achieve this level of success and accolade already is just amazing for us.”
The curry awards are regarded as the food Oscars for their sector. Being shortlisted is an achievement in itself as the competition is judged by top food critics, celebrity chefs and journalists.
Over the years many key national figures have attended the event, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who gave a speech at the awards in 2009, where he talked about the positive contribution the British curry industry had made to this nation’s economy and society.
The ‘best newcomer’ category is judged nationally for nominated restaurants, which must have been open three years or less.
Sabir adds: “Just to be shortlisted is incredible in itself, but of course we would love to win and believe with our food and beautiful venue here in Durham, we could be close. So fingers crossed.” www.cinnamon-club.com