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Bradford crowned Britain’s Curry Capital

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They did it in 2011; they did it in 2012,and now, in 2013, Bradford has once again
been crowned the Curry Capital of Britain.

For an unprecedented third year in a row, the West Yorkshire city clinched the
top accolade ahead of places such as Manchester, London and Glasgow, to continue their dominance in the awards.

CHAMPIONS: (front l-r) Akbars’ Shabir Hussain; Kiplings’ Mohammed Rafiq, Shimla Spice’s Faisal Hussain; and Seabrook Crisps’ Kevin Butterworth

Bradford's unique bid included the creation of a limited edition curry flavoured crisp, developed by local company Seabrook and Bradford restaurant Akbar's, as well as a Poppadomathon.

The team in charge of this year’s bid included other restaurants such as Aagrah,
Kiplings, Omar's, Shimla Spice and Zouk's. Faisal Hussain, manager of Shimla Spice,
Shipley, explained how Bradford’s love for curry has helped the city become a leader
in the field.

“Bradford is the Premier League for curries,” he said. “There are so many fantastic restaurants in the city that we certainly deserved to be recognised as
Britain’s ‘Curry Capital’.

“For this year’s bid, we put together an expert team and have worked extremely
hard to retain the title by doing things such as the curry flavoured crisps.

“To win the title just once is a real honour, but to now be named champions a
record three times in a row, it is unbelievable and fantastic for Bradford.”
Bradford already hosts the annual World Curry Festival and this latest accolade
reaffirms the cities position at the top of the curry industry.

Bradford Council's Executive Member for Employment, Skills and Culture
Councillor, Susan Hinchcliffe, said she was delighted to see the title return ‘home’.

“It just shows we're unbeatable as a city,” she said, “I want to thank our superb
restaurants, the Bradford tourism team and of course Seabrooks crisps for making
the bid that extra bit special this year. They have all contributed to this wonderful


Pride of Yorkshire

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Jimmi_Harkishin_Crystal_Peak-108From the cobbles of Coronation Street to not so sunny Sheffield, Jimmi Harkishin officially opened the stunning new Aagrah restaurant to a packed house on Sunday 13th October.

The eatery at Crystal Peaks is the latest addition to the Aagrah Group portfolio and makes its entry as the 16th restaurant in the most famous Kashmiri restaurant chain across the UK and Europe.

With over fifty industry accolades, Aagrah are renowned for their high quality restaurants and great Kashmiri dining and Aagrah Crystal Peaks delivers the conept of a world-buffet restaurant. Sixty international dishes are served up daily, prepared by the famously-skilled and much accomplished chefs affiliated with the Aagrah brand.

(l-r) Dr. Mohammed Haji Sabir, MBE, Chairman; Jimmi Harkishin, Actor; Zaffar Iqbal, Vice Chairman; Tahir Iqbal, Director and Mohammed Aslam, MBE, Managing Director

The new restaurant, which has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to conceptualise and develop, stands as a breathtaking building that oozes with grandeur in equally impressive grounds, with very generous car parking facilities.


An impressive bar has been positioned to greet diners into the restaurant, while the purpose-built world buffet section is entertained by an open plan theatre kitchen. Cameras provide a live feed to the plasma screens in the restaurant allowing customers to see their food being cooked in a high standard and hygienic environment.

The company’s Managing Director Mr.  Mohammed Aslam MBE said: “We are extremely proud to announce that we have launched this rather significant concept at Aagrah Crystal Peaks.

“Our objective is to offer something exclusive and indeed a memorable experience.

“What sets us apart is simply our proposition, an exclusive World Buffet only restaurant in this region. Our cuisine is very distinctive and our locations - glamorous, we believe this to be a perfect combination for an international dining experience.”

A family owned business, set up 36 years ago by the founder and group chairman, Dr. Mohammed Sabir MBE, Aagrah represents one of the biggest eatery brands throughout Yorkshire and employs over 400 staff. The latest restaurant has helped to create thirty new jobs in Sheffield.