|WINNERS: Jay Alom and the Lime Pickle team with host John Bishop|
A CASTLE Bromwich takeaway has been named the nation's best - bar naan!
Lime Pickle took home the top prize at this week's British Takeaway Awards.
The team from the Indian eatery were presented with the smart-looking trophy at a star-studded ceremony, which took place at London's Savoy Hotel on Monday evening.
It was a case of third time lucky for Lime Pickle, which had been a finalist at the inaugural event in 2015 and was named the best takeaway in the West Midlands last year.
And the staff were stunned when stand-up comedian John Bishop, who was hosting the 2017 event, announced that they had clinched the national title - receiving more than 1,000 votes from the public.
Lime Pickle owner Jay Alom said: "We are absolutely blown away that Lime Pickle has won Best Takeaway in Britain.
"I would like to say a big thank you to the staff for their hard work day in, day out, ensuring our customers receive the best food and service possible. We couldn’t have got here without them or our loyal customers. We’re over the moon."
A video shown at the event highlighted some of the work that the Windleaves Road business does within the community, including efforts to support the homeless. Last Christmas Eve, they had paid for ten rough sleepers to stop in a hotel.
A spokeswoman for the British Takeaway Awards said: "[Lime Pickle] encapsulate everything that is phenomenal about this brilliant industry."
The awards were set up to recognise the stand-out businesses in a sector which is worth £9billion to the UK economy. Celebrity guests at this year's gala evening included the chef Ainsley Harriott, model Kelly Brook and Countdown star Rachel Riley.