A POPULAR Wigan curry house is celebrating being named one of the best in the country.
The Raj restaurant, on Woodhouse Lane, Springfield, was listed among the top names in the UK for its cuisine by TripAdvisor, a website where customers log on and rate hotels and eateries across the world.
And this week, they have announced that the Raj has had some of the best feedback in the whole of the country,
To celebrate National Curry Week, TripAdvisor has revealed the UK’s top five curry houses with the Wigan restaurant coming fifth.
The Raj is the only one in the group from the North West too, outshining all those on Manchester’s famous Curry Mile.
Head waiter Abdul Kalam said: “When I received the news I was immensely proud of the Raj and the people of Springfield and beyond.
“For Wigan to boast one of the best restaurants in the country is amazing and I am especially proud of chef Sultan Miah.
“He has dedicated his life to ensure his people taste the perfect curry each and every time, cheffing for over 30 years.
“We are a small restaurant on Woodhouse Lane and to get this recognition is something the whole community should get credit for.
“Thank you for your continued custom and support.
“Our regulars have translated the RAJ into Wiganese as ‘Really Awreet Jackbit.’
“We are continually trying to improve our service and interactions with all our customers. We have a full website, Facebook, twitter, and we play a DVD slideshow of our dishes and pictures of our regulars as well as special offers.”
The news comes in what is the restaurant’s 10th year at its Springfield home and they have a number of plans to celebrate the milestone and have recently completed a refurbishment of the premises.
Abdul added: “We are taking Christmas and New Year’s party bookings and Christmas Day dinner for the 10th year running with this recognition we hope to make this Christmas the best so far.
“We’re celebrating spicing up Springfield and beyond since 2002.”
Paul Simpson, Managing Director of Visit Manchester, said: “Greater Manchester has a reputation for being good at many things and food – in particular the curry – is certainly one of these.
“As well as our famous Curry Mile throughout Rusholme, just outside Manchester city centre, Greater Manchester is also home to some excellent Indian restaurants.
“This has clearly shone through via TripAdvisor, just in time for National Curry Week, and I can only express my delight both for Wigan and The Raj.”