Cardamom Black restaurant in Harrogate has been selected for the Best in Britain Awards as one of three exceptional Asian restaurants in the North East.

It was  also listed in the top 50 Best in Britain Awards alongside some of country’s long-established and Michelin starred Asian restaurants.

Cardamom Black Pan South Asian restaurant and cocktail bar on Cheltenham Parade was listed twice in the Best in Britain Awards (BIBA) as “new to the list, but highly recommended”, as well as best in the North East region.

The annual BIBA Awards began in 1993 to support the growth and development of the ethnic restaurant sector, which is worth an estimated £3 billion.

Nick Rahman, owner of Cardamom Black restaurant, said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and are really proud to be listed amongst some of the finest Indian restaurants in Britain.

“In just four years of opening it is the third award we’ve achieved, as we previously won Best Indian Restaurant in the highly regarded Oliver Awards in 2013 and runner-up in the Northern Design Awards in 2012, which we have been shortlisted for again this year.

“The Best in Britain Awards is a real achievement, not only for us, but for the region to be recognised alongside other fantastic Asian restaurants nationally, in what is a hugely competitive industry.”

Mr Rahman’s successful career began within the Indian food industry in Bradford, but his dream was to open his own restaurant and change peoples’ perception of Indian restaurants from being a ‘curry in a hurry’, to more of a dining experience.

In 2011 he realized his dream when he opened the doors to Cardamom Black Restaurant after an extensive £1 million renovation of the near derelict old Empire Theatre building. The building was lovingly restored to its former glory with many of the original features preserved, including the stunning mezzanine balcony overlooking the Grand stage. The restaurant seats over 200 people, has a separate cocktail bar and also offers a private dining area.

The restaurant is open seven days a week and also offers a take-away service on all its award-winning food and has a full off-licence for alcohol. They have several Christmas menus to select from available on their website or for bookings tel; 01423 313136.

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