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News & Views Marathon peace deal gives Brick Lane a boost

For some time Tower Hamlets Borough Council and 2012 Olympics organis- ers, Locog, have been at loggerheads over changes to the Marathon route which excluded the Borough, leaving it without an Olympics Games event. Now a ‘peace deal’ has been brokered which should give Brick Lane and its restaurants a big boost next year. An agreement between Tower Hamlets and organisers Locog has now been signed to increase the benefits of the Games to the borough in areas such as employment, business, education and culture. In addition, Brick Lane and Banglatown will be promoted as cultural and entertainment centres for visitors to the Games, helping to give a lift to local business and enhance the

reputation of the area. London 2012 have also confirmed a special event will be staged in the area during the Olympic torch relay in July.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman had planned legal action with political support with local MP, Rushanara Ali. Now the mayor says he is fully behind the Games. It is reported that visiting dignitaries will attend curry nights in the East End to promote the area’s cuisine around the world. Visits are scheduled from the International Olympic Committee, the chefs de mission of more than 200 competing nations and the world’s media.

Restaurants win curry clubs praise

The Everest, a Nepalese restaurant, has been pre- sented with a Golden Poppadum Award by Oxford Boys Curry Club. The club’s members visit a curry house in Oxford every month and rate them accord- ing to things like the food and atmosphere. The best of the 12 curry restaurants the Club visits each year is then declared the winner and awarded the hand- made Golden Poppadom. The Everest was awarded this year’s prize while Jaipur Indian Restaurant and Jee Saheb were awarded the Silver Samosa and Bronze Bhaji respectively.

The Everest opened in June 2009 in part of the Donnington Arms pub. Prakash Sharma, co-owner and manager, says, “It is wonderful and amazing that we have won this award. It does not matter if we are Nepalese, Bangladeshi or Indian, what matters is that we use quality ingre- dients to make good food and make people feel welcome.”

A similar club is active in East Grinstead, where the GAAS Curry Club tried out ten different curry houses during the past year and secretly scored one on a range of criteria, including food quality, service, ambience and sheer value for money. The overall winner was recently revealed as Khan’s Balti Paradise, in Forest Row.

Spice Business Magazine 21 March 2011

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