These nine curry houses have been named the best in Yorkshire

Viraaj and Cutler's Spice have both been shortlisted for the restaurant of the year in the English Curry Awards
Viraaj and Cutler's Spice have both been shortlisted for the restaurant of the year in the English Curry Awards
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Nine Yorkshire curry houses are in the running to be named the best in the country at the English Curry Awards.

Two Sheffield restaurants, Viraaj Restaurant and Cutlers Spice have been shortlisted for the prestigious award which has been running for eight years.

Aakash in Cleckheaton, Bengal Brasserie Restaurant in Wetherbyand Bombay Spice in York also received nominations for the Best Restaurant of the Year.

The Original Dilraj Tandoori Restaurant & Takeaway in Barnsley, Light of Asia in Redcar, the Shama Balti Indian Restaurant in Huddersfield and The Curry House in Keighley make up the remainder of Yorkshire's finalists in the hunt for the best Indian restaurant in England.

Viraaj nominated again

Its the second year in a row that Chesterfield Road curry house Viraaj has been recognised at the English Curry Awards - last year the Steel City was named the best in Yorkshire, but ultimately failed to scoop the national prize which was won by Cambridge curry house Prana Indian Restaurant. Opened in 2010, Viraaj prides itself on its use of fresh ingredients and quality service.

Speaking to Johnston Press, manager Sufi Miah revealed the team's joy at being shortlisted for the award once again: "We're very happy and amazed that we've been nominated again.

"We'd like to thank our customers for voting for us and fingers crossed we win it again for Sheffield."

Cutlers Spice on Leighton Road will hope to pinch Viraaj's crown as the best curry house in Yorkshire.

The curry house serves a delicious variety of currys in a luxurious setting.

Recognising hard work and dedication

The winner of the best restaurant in England will be announced at a lavish black tie dinner in Birmingham on September 17.

Organised by the Oceanic Consulting, the awards recognise the hard work and dedication of those working in the curry industry.

Following the announcement of the shortlist, Irfan Younis, theCEO of Oceanic Consulting said: “We are so excited to announce the finalists for the 8th English Curry Awards 2018. They have not only faced the recent challenges but have indeed grown from them.

"The curry industry represents so much more than just food: it celebrates history, community and innovation and we cannot wait to celebrate the achievements of the sector at the awards ceremony. ”