After weeks of voting by readers, the winner of the hotly-contested Banbury Guardian Restaurant of the Year 2018 can finally be revealed.
Popular Hanwell Fields curry house Purple Mango can add the trophy to its growing list of accolades after being voted the best restaurant in Banburyshire by our readers.
The Indian restaurant’s mix of authentic flavours and modern touches has seen it earn the Banbury Guardian Curry House of the Year 2017 award and a nomination for best in the south east, as well as commendations from Trip Advisor and others.
Manager Gaz Uddin thanked everyone who voted as well as his staff.
“It’s great news that we have won the Restaurant of the Year award after winning Curry House of the Year last year,” he said.
“Thank you to all our customers for supporting us for the past two years almost since I took over, we’ve got great customers here in Hanwell Fields.”
Mr Uddin began as manager at Purple Mango on Christmas Eve, 2016, after 14 years in the restaurant trade.
The manager from Milton Keynes runs two other businesses in his home town as well as another in Banbury.
He believes his input has helped to elevate the restaurant in Hanwell Mews off Rotary Way, and make it so popular, especially on the Hanwell Fields estate.
“I have been in this trade for 14 years now, so I have always had businesses since I was little that’s where I have gained all of my knowledge,” he said.
Theme nights as well as weekly buffets and banquets are ever popular at Purple Mango, while the management freshen up the menu every three months, catering for all.
And Mr Uddin had plenty of praise for his waiters and chefs who make the whole experience of eating at Purple Mango so special for everyone who comes.
“The restaurant has got brilliant front of house staff and chefs with 25 years experience which makes a real difference,” he said.
“I’m very pleased that this restaurant has come this far – the food, staff and service are what makes it great.”
The charming Little Amsterdam in South Bar Street claimed second place in the Banbury Guardian’s Restaurant of the Year contest.
While another curry house, Indian Queen, based in a former pub on Stratford Road, Wroxton Heath, came third.