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News & Views App points the way to best restaurants

shortlisted, in 2012 and the past. This new App, which will be free, will allow diners to choose to eat at a particular restaurant with full confidence that quality will be high, as it has been through the BCA judging process and been rated highly.

The app should have a clear benefit for restaurants by including contact details and locations, leading users to go and try that restaurant when they are nearby. It will be possible to book tables using the app, so even if a website is down, users can effectively book online through their phones or tablets.

The British Curry Awards is launch- ing an App, which will be limited just to those restaurants that have won awards, and those who have been

Jeffrey Ali, Creative Director of the British Curry Awards, says, “I strongly suggest the British Curry Awards shortlisted, finalists & winners restaurants to put the word out about this app so it can reach as many diners in the UK as possible. Our office always receives queries from media,

ministers, MPs, celebrities amongst others, requesting the list of our recommended restaurants. Therefore I think it could be a valuable tool to secure more valuable customers.”

He adds, “When people are think- ing, ‘where shall I go to eat’ they can download the app and see right away what high quality curry res- taurants are in the area and how to contact them. Bookings or queries will go directly to the restaurant reg- istered email address and telephone number. Therefore I recommend all the shortlisted, finalists and winners restaurants to add the App logo on their website with the downloadable link which we will provide.”

More information can be found on the Awards’ website The App will be available to be downloaded from the site or from the App Store.

Loyal customers get curry for life

A restaurant in Leicester has decided to provide two of its most loyal customers with free meals for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that Bob and Margaret have visited the Khyber more than 4000 times since it opened

in 1984 and the restaurant’s owner, Dinesh Raval, says they are now part of the fixtures and fittings, eating there around three times a week on average, and he has decided not to charge them any more as they are ‘just like family.’

According to Mr Allen, “We were the first customers on the first night and we’ve been here ever since. We’ve never had a bad meal in all those years.”

Charities benefit from black-tie do

A restaurant in Milton Keynes has raised more than £1000 following its third anniversary celebrations. VerandahTalk hosted a black tie charity even tto mark the occasion,

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with proceeds going to Willen Hospice and MK Dons Sports & Education Trust (SET). The evening featured performances from young stars, Moon Williams,


Emily Orchard and Holly Brewer. VerandahTalk owner, Taj Raja, said: “It went fantastically well and we are proud to have raised this amount of money for these two excellent charities.”

January/February 2013

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