Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless has nominated Cliffe Spice, based in Cliffe Woods, for this year’s Tiffin Cup.
Following the success of the Tiffin Cup 2011, MPs have for the 7th year running, been asked to nominate a restaurant in their constituency to be in the running for the best South Asian restaurant in the UK. Last year sixty two restaurants were nominated from around the country and this time it is hoped to build upon the popularity of this mouth-watering competition, encouraging the participation of as many constituencies as possible. The competition offers the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of British culture and recognises the importance of South Asian cuisine.
The Tiffin Cup is awarded every year by the Tiffin Club of MPs, formed in 2006 by former MP John Barrett, Michael Fabricant MP and Keith Vaz MP. The aim is not only to applaud the quality of South Asian food in Britain but also to raise much needed money for charity. This year the competition is in aid of the charity ‘World Vision’.
Cliffe Spice, having now won a place in the regional final will battle it out with other restaurants from the same region to become one the national finalists in the prestigious Tiffin Cup 2012 Grand Final.
Cliffe Spice owner Sheikh Islam, who is hoping to build on the restaurant’s success as a previous winner of the Medway Curry Awards and a finalist in the national British Curry Awards, responded to the nomination by saying:
“I am really pleased to have received this nomination. It’s good to be recognised for all the hard work we do. This will really put Cliffe Woods on the culinary map.”
Mark Reckless MP said:
“I was delighted to nominate Cliffe Spice and I hope it will be chosen to represent our region in the Grand Final of such a prestigious award. The food is always great, and the ambience of the restaurant is good with attentive and friendly staff.
I hope everyone in Rochester and Strood will join me in supporting our restaurant.”
Mr Vaz added:
“After the overwhelming success of last year’s competition we are looking forward to another chance to sample some of the best offerings of Indian food in Britain. At the same time we also hope to encourage some healthy competition amongst MPs from all parties, all while raising money for a worthy charity.”