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Whether it's a special treat for a birthday or anniversary dinner, or if you're getting together with friends and family, us Brits love going out for a curry.

Those looking to treat themselves to a Chicken Tikka have got plenty of options to chose from and over recent years the UK's dining scene has been flooded with different Asian restaurants. 

If your dish of choice is a lamb rogan josh or if you prefer a mild korma, there's a dish for everyone and the humble curry house has won a spot in the hearts of many.

Getting your curry experience right is crucial, you need the right amount of poppadoms, onions and dips and then you even need to think of the perfect rice, will it be pilau or just boiled?

But if you're struggling to decide to where to go for your next curry, help is at hand as the top restaurants and takeaways across the country have now been revealed.

The awards are organised by the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) and see eateries compete in regional categories for them to become curry Kings or Queens.

The UK’s curry industry contributes £5 billion annually, which as of 2015 has accounted for a fifth of the restaurants in the UK dating back to the 1800’s. Today there are more Indian restaurants in Greater London than in Delhi and Mumbai combined. 

Now the top eateries in the country have been revealed so feast your eyes on the top picks across the country.

The best curry houses in the UK have been revealed making it that bit easier for you to chose where you'll tuck into a tikka

The best curry houses in the UK have been revealed making it that bit easier for you to chose where you'll tuck into a tikka

Indian food is one of the UK's most favoured cuisines and the top eateries in the UK have now been crowned so you can chose where to dine

Indian food is one of the UK's most favoured cuisines and the top eateries in the UK have now been crowned so you can chose where to dine

Best of East Anglia - Ruby, Hertford

Those looking for an authentic curry experience should head to the Ruby in Hertford where locals can even be picked up in a traditional Indian tuk-tuk.

Not only can you enjoy a traditional experience at the restaurant, but the Ruby also offers a private dining service as well as a takeaway service, for those who want to dig into their dish in the comfort of their own home.

In 2018 the Ruby was also placed in top 100 restaurants in the UK at the ninth annual British Curry Awards. 

The Ruby offers a full menu including tandoori chicken, onion bhajee as well as various meat specialties. Prices at the restaurant are not advertised online.

However, it does run a Sunday Special menu where you can scoop up a four dish Indian meal for just £13.95 per adult and £8.95 for children up to the age of 10.

The Ruby in Hertford (pictured above) offers contemporary Indian cuisine for those in the local area and also offers a takeaway service

The Ruby in Hertford (pictured above) offers contemporary Indian cuisine for those in the local area and also offers a takeaway service 

Best of East London - Bengal Tiger, City of London

For city dwellers, the Bengal Tiger is the perfect place to relax and unwind while tucking into your favoruite dish. 

The eatery sits right on the doorstep of St Paul's cathedral and serves up everything from exotic starters, mouth-watering main courses, side dishes and accompaniments.

A classic chicken tikka will cost £10.95 and all dishes in the tandoori section are served with a fresh green salad and cooling mint yoghurt dip.

Pilau rice costs £3.50, but if you are feeling a little bit more adventurous then you could opt for vegetable rice or even a delicious peshawari naan.

The eatery has a range of offers for those trying to get a bargain. Each day it offers an Express Lunch menu which costs £9.95 for one course or £11.95 for two. 

The Bengal Tiger in London (pictured above) offers a lunch time express menu for those wanting to escape the office at lunch

The Bengal Tiger in London (pictured above) offers a lunch time express menu for those wanting to escape the office at lunch

Best of East Midlands - Taste of India, Kettering

If you're looking for an elegant dining experience in the east Midlands then Taste of India is the place to be in Kettering.

It offers a range of specialty dishes and chefs will even cook up your favoruite dish for you if it doesn't already feature on the extensive menu.

Tandoori dishes here are all grilled on charcoal in a special clay oven and served with salad. Chicken tikka costs just £5.95 here and rice dishes are separate. 

For those who are a little bit fussy or if curry isn't for you, it also offers English dishes which include chips, fried scampi and a selection of omlettes.

The restaurant also offer a takeaway menu as well as special deals on Sundays and Wednesdays. The special offer costs just £10.95 per person and includes a starter, a main and a choice of a vegetable side dish, rice or bread. 

Taste of India (pictured above) is open seven days a week including bank holidays. Monday-Thursday it is open 5-11pm, Friday-Saturday 5-11.30pm and Sunday 1-10.30pm

Taste of India (pictured above) is open seven days a week including bank holidays. Monday-Thursday it is open 5-11pm, Friday-Saturday 5-11.30pm and Sunday 1-10.30pm

Best of Essex - Indian Ocean, Epping

Indian Ocean offers people in Essex what it claims to be 'a truly exhilarating experience'. The inspiration behind Indian Ocean is to bring a new way of experiencing Indian food that is tasty, clean and healthy, yet authentic.

The menu includes chef specials as well as tandoori dishes, duck, balti, biryani, traditional and vegetable plates.

Specials include chicken tikka or lamb massala which costs £8.95 as well as other dishes such as jafrezi or even mixed meat kebabs.

In 2012 the Indian Ocean won Tiffin Cup award for for the Best South Asian Restaurant in UK. The event was held at the House of Commons and the award was presented by the right honourable outgoing speaker John Bercow.

The restaurant says that if there is something a diner wants that isn't on the menu, it will do its best to accommodate. 

The Indian Ocean in Essex (pictured above) had previously been hailed as one of the best curry houses in the UK, and won an award in 2012

The Indian Ocean in Essex (pictured above) had previously been hailed as one of the best curry houses in the UK, and won an award in 2012

Best of Kent - Gufaa Raja, West Malling

Located in the heart of Kent Gufaa Raja looks to uphold traditional Indian dishes for those looking to experience family dining at its best.

It opened its doors in 2004 and since then has been serving up quality dishes for those across Kent who want to experience authentic Indian dining.

The menu includes a wide variety of meat and vegetarian dishes as well as delicious desserts and the restaurant also offers a huge wine selection which you can pair with you meal.

Tandoori dishes include barbecued lamb chop cooked with fresh ginger, tamarind, green chilli and spring onions, which costs £11.95.

Those who can't decide what naan bread to have can even order an assorted basket which will cost £6.95 and is a perfect side dish to your meal. 

People wanting to experience the delicious food on offer at Gudaa Raja can go to the Kent restaurant or they can also order online

People wanting to experience the delicious food on offer at Gudaa Raja can go to the Kent restaurant or they can also order online

Best of North London - The Rajdoot, Hampstead

This north London gem aims to recreate traditional Indian dishes covering the whole country – from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal.

Popular dishes at the eatery include Shatkora Gosht, which is tender lamb cooked with famous fragrant Sylheti lemon and costs £11.95.

As well as dishes such as the above, the restaurant also offers set menu deals for one, two or four people which range from £19.95 to £79.95.

You can visit the restaurant in Hampstead or you can also order the dishes online to be delivered to your home address. 

Chefs at The Rajdoot say they use only the finest

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