We love hearing positive news about Royston businesses, so when a local restaurant wins a British Curry Award, we believe it is worth talking about.
British Raj Express in Kneesworth Street was named the winner in the 'best takeaway during the pandemic' category in this year's awards. There was a prominent focus on the “industry heroes” who have supported communities and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community spirit is alive and well in Royston
Managing director Safwaan Choudhury knows Royston extremely well, having been born and raised here, said; “It has always been a childhood dream to win a British Curry Award. I am thrilled for our team at British Raj Express, for our hardworking chefs, our management team, our friendly delivery drivers. I truly believe that team work makes the dream work.”
One of the most notable aspects of this achievement is that Safwaan is only 23 years old, making him the youngest winner in the history of these awards. When you think that the British Curry Award has been running for 16 years, this is a significant accolade.
Another indicator that the awards carry significant importance can be found in the fact that the Prime Minister provided the video introduction. Boris Johnson said; “They have selflessly, tirelessly, and, without prompting, gone out of their way to help their local community, the vulnerable, isolated, and the NHS by supplying much-wanted curries, kindness and support.”
Safwaan and his team supported the local community
This has certainly been the case for Safwaan and his team. The British Raj Express delivered more than 3,000 free meals to NHS staff and key workers. Meals were delivered across Herts, Cambridgeshire and London. The restaurant also supported the Marcus Rashford scheme to take on child food poverty during the October half-term.
The great work of the team was also recognised with Safwaan and his father Siraj receiving Hero of Hertfordshire accolades. They also featured in a BBC news report during the initial lockdown.
Upon receiving the award, Safwaan said; “2020 was an extremely difficult year for everyone across the globe, but we have strived to rise to the challenge and serve our community. Thank you once again to our loyal customers for supporting us.”
While 2020 was a challenging year, many people and professions stepped up to help others. In the fast-food sector, an industry which many people have relied on this year, the hard work of curry houses hasn’t gone unnoticed. It is estimated that around five million meals have been provided for key workers and people in need by curry houses during the pandemic.
At Country Properties, we are firm believers in the importance of community spirit. There are many fantastic reasons to love life in Royston, but the hard work of the team at the British Raj Express is a perfect example of how local life is improved by local businesses.
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