A RESTAURANT in Mossley is in the running for a national prize to celebrate the ‘best’ south Asian restaurants in Britain.
Every year a group of MPs, known as the Tiffin Club, run a competition to find the ‘best’ south Asian restaurant in the country, based on nominations made by MPs.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was determined that restaurants from Tameside would be represented in the competition.
And he invited constituents to nominate and vote for their favourite restaurant through the website, www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk
Voting has now closed. And the restaurant that received the highest number of votes in the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency was Red Rose, in Mossley.
Meanwhile Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne and Ashton MP David Heyes have been running a similar competition to find a nominee.
As a result, David Heyes will be nominating Blu Spice, in Ashton-u-Lyne. And Andrew Gwynne will be nominating Aashiana, in Denton.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “There were some great restaurants across Tameside that were put forward for the Stalybridge and Hyde nomination.
“I would have been proud to have nominated any of them and I would have found the decision between them impossible – so I’m glad I didn’t have to choose.
“Those who nominated the Red Rose, in Mossley, say it always delivers on quality, price and presentation.
“And now it will be considered against dozens of restaurants from across the country by the judges of the Tiffin Cup.
“I wish the Red Rose well and I hope that it brings the Tiffin Cup to Mossley. But however it fares against the competition it’s already clear it is much valued by the people of Mossley and beyond.”
The Tiffin Club of MPs was formed in 2006 and brings together MPs from all political parties.
The co-chairs – Michael Fabricant, Martin Harwood and the Rt Hon Keith Vaz – say the idea behind the competition is twofold; to celebrate South Asian cuisine and to support a leading charity, which this year will be World Vision.
In a joint statement the co-chairs said: “After the overwhelming success of last year’s competition we are looking forward to another chance to sample some of the best offerings of South Asian food in Britain.
“At the same time we also hope to encourage some healthy competition amongst MPs from all parties, all while raising money for a worthy charity.”
Published 29 July, 2010.