1. Lahore Kebab House, London
Right in the centre of Whitechapel this is a quality choice of venue. Chef Hardeep warns “the formica and bright lights here might put some diners off, but the food is sensational. End-of-the-week specialities of chicken and lamb on the bone provide the perfect lunchtime comfort.” Address: 2-4 Umberston Street, London, E1 1PY.
2. Le Raj, Surrey
Le Raj is owned by the founder of the British Curry Awards and ex-International Indian Chef of the Year Enam Ali and it offers an individual style of food and drink in chic surroundings. Curry lovers trek from far and wide to try one of their delicious dishes. Address: 211 Fir Tree Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT17 3LB.
3. Brilliant, Middlesex
This restaurant lives up to its name and has excellent food and a friendly atmosphere. The cuisine is Punjabi style with a touch of Kenyan and a series of healthy options have been added recently to balance out the great deserts. Address: 72-76 Western Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 5DZ.
4. Tayyabs, London
This great restaurant started up decades as ‘as a place to feed the East End’s Pakistani Punjabis and hasn’t changed the food on offer much since then.” We’d recommend trying the bitter gourd (a Punjabi speciality). Address: 83-89 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1JU.
5. Qumins, Oxford
It may be a little more pricey than other curry houses in Oxford, but it’s worth it. Modern restaurant decor mixes with a great mix of unique foods as it strays away from the traditional bhuna, madras, jalfrezi and vindaloo. Address: 86 Clements Street, Oxford, OX4 1AR.
6. Chilli Pickle, Brighton
This fantastic addition to the Brighton scene is modern and cool- and serves up a terrific curry. It has a great blend of old and new and chef/ owner Alun Sperring’s oxtail madras has been widely reviewed and much loved. Address: 42 Meetinghouse Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB.
7. The Raj, Cornwall
This favourite in Wadebridge is modern and homely with all our favourite classic Indian dishes on the menu. The house special is a great trio of king prawns, lamb tikka and chicken tikka. Address: 1 Commissioners Quarry, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7AL.
8. Lasan, Birmingham
This contemporary Indian is a far cry from your average cheap-and-cheerful takeaway curry house. It’s style and sophisticated with some unusual combinations of ingredients and top quality, so it’s no wonder that it was named Gordon Ramsay’s best local restaurant a couple of years ago. Address: 3-4 Dakota Buildings, Birmingham, B3 1SD.
9. Kohi Noor, Bristol
Last year’s Bristol Good Food Awards saw over 10,000 food loving Bristolians vote for their favourite place in the city, and Kohi Noor claimed proud place as the Best Indian in Bristol- for a reason. The superb food is trumpeted by all and it’s well worth a visit on your Bristol stag. Address: 211 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, BS8 2XS.
10. Rajpoot, Bath
As this is our local curry house here at StagWeb there’s a special place in our hearts for Rajpoot, but it’s excellent food and incredible setting are also known all around. It’s underground and as you make your way through the series of small rooms and tunnels you’ll get to appreciate that just because it’s been round for a long time doesn’t make the place any less incredible! Address: 4 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BA.
11. Moon Restaurant, Manchester
A fantastic traditional curry house, this is an exceptional Indian in the middle of a buzzing city. With fresh, fragant ingredients the naan breads are incredible and the dishes are spicy but not fiery. We’d recommend the chicken karahi, which is perfect with the Moon pashwari naan. Address: 450-452 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BW.
12. Shapla, Hampshire
Set in a former school this quaint curry house has a great spot in the middle of a striking town. We’d recommend tucking into the tandoori salmon- delicious. Address: 60 West Street, Hampshire, SO24 9AU.
13. Manzils, Southampton
This is a perfect late-night curry house in a great city- here you’ll find cheap and cheerful food with friendly staff and exceptional flavours. It’s super stag-friendly so the perfect place to head on a stag weekend in Southampton, and you’ll appreciate it all the more at 4am. Address: 54 Onslow Road, Southampton, SO14 0JP.
14. Sheereen Kadah, Birmingham
This cheerful little family-run sweet centre and balti house offers unfussy and tasty food. It doesn’t try to be upmarket, it simply serves excellent food and great value. We’d recommend one of the lamb kebabs which are cooked over open flames and are packed with flavour. Address: 543 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9BU.
15. Simla, Nottingham
Slightly off the beaten track just outside Nottingham, this delivers some of the best curries in the country. It’s a smart, modern restaurant with excellent staff and a huge menu, with the normal dishes and some you wouldn’t expect at all. Address: 5 James St, Kimberly, Nottingham, NG16 2LP.
16. The Dhabba, Glasgow
Right in the heart of the Merchant City this authentic Indian’s been done over with a modern twist and slightly-more-than-average-prices. The quality of the food is well worth it though and the Guardian said, “If we’re lucky, this could become the model for 21st-century UK curry houses.” Address: 44 Candlerings, Glasgow, G1 1LE.
17. Jamuna Indian Restaurant, Cardiff
Bright and colourful, this Cardiff eatery has terrific food and a kitchen that can be viewed by diners through the glass screened wall. Sit and watch your meal being prepared and appreciate the excellent service. Address: 89 Caerphilly Rd, Cardiff, CF14 4AE.