AN INDIAN restaurant in Leek is in the running for a top regional award.
The Pabna Restaurant in Ashbourne Road, Leek has been short listed as one of our top three finalists in the West Midlands Region 'Restaurant of the Year' category at the English Curry Awards 2013.
The eatery, which employs 10 people, has been trading in Leek for 16 years and has previously been a nominee for the British Curry Awards and Asian Curry Awards.
The Leek restaurant will be battling against two city venues for the award.
Mohammed Ruhel, at Pabna, said: "We are in the final and competing with two restaurants from Birmingham to collect one of the biggest accolades in the Curry Industry.
"It would be a massive achievement for a market town such as Leek for us to win this award and it would help to put Staffordshire on the map when it comes to curry recognition.
"We have beaten of thousands of competitors to be going to Salford next week to compete for the prize."
Mohammed added: "What makes us the best is that we call ourselves the "people's restaurant" where we listen to all customer views and feedback to help make their dining experience better.
"It is through the support of the people of Leek we have achieved the opportunity to compete in the competition."
A spokesman for the organisers of the English Curry Awards, said: "Pabna was short listed based on the votes received from the public voting over the last few months.
"The category will now be judged by our panel of judges, who will be visiting the restaurant as a mystery guest with the winner being announced at the awards event."
The region's English Curry Awards will be staged at Salford City Stadium on Monday (September 2).