Tiffin Cup

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The Tiffin Cup is an annual British competition run by the Tiffin Club to find the best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom. Nominees are selected by their constituency and then put forward by their local MPs. One restaurant from every region is then shortlisted and invited to participate in the Grand Final cook-off event held in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, as judged by MPs and guest celebrities, with the proceeds going to a selected charity.

History of Tiffin[edit]

The name tiffin is given to the containers that transported light meals. The tiffins, or tiffinboxes are made up of three porcelain round trays with handles and lids in which lunches are delivered to workers. They are delivered through a complex network of Dabbawallahs, who set off with the dishes after the men have left for work. This practice is still in use in India today.

The word tiffin is also used to refer to taking a little light snack, including a cup of tea. It probably came into use when it became more popular to have a full meal in the evening rather than mid-afternoon, thus requiring a lighter meal at around midday that needed a name.

Past Winners[edit]

2006 - Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant, Preseli Pembrokeshire

2007 - Bekash, Romford

2008 - Mint and Mustard, Cardiff North

2009 - Tamasha, Bromley and Chislehurst

Ongoing Competition[edit]

2015/15 - Mushtaqs Restaurant from Hamilton, Scotland won the Tiffin Cup. Ainsley Harriot, famous tv chef, said of the victorious Mushtaqs "Mushtaqs food has some of the best flavour combinations I have ever eaten."

2013 - The competition included Ainsley Harriet as the chair of a panel of judges.

Notable mention to the Bilash Balti in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, which was the first restaurant in the Fylde to win the Best in the North West category.

2010 - A record 74 nominations were received by the Tiffin Club! The Launch of the Newby Teas Tiffin Cup 2010 was on Tuesday 14 September 2010.

In 2010, the competition was in aid of World Vision.

Grand Finalists[edit]


B. Raj Tandoori, Banff and Buchan

The Mirch Masala, Tooting

Royal Al Faisal, Birmingham

Taj Mahal, Pembrokeshire

Pan Ahar, Blyth Valley

Aagrah Shipley, Shipley

Bombay Dreams, Brent South

Queen Spice, South Queensferry

Sukhi's Indian Cuisine, Darwen

The Royal Bengal, Lowestoft

Bombay Spice, North London

The Tandoori Parlour, Castle Point

Bengal Spice, Hemel Hempstead


Queens Spice, Edinburgh West

Maharaja, Castle Point

Passage to India, Stroud

Tower Tandoori, North Southwark and Bermondsey

Taste of India, Surrey Heath

Bekash, Romford

Shimla Spice, Shipley

4,500 miles from Delhi, Nottingham South

Moonlight Tandoori, Banff and Buchan

The Gulshan, Wolverhampton South East

Shahi Quila, Blackburn


The Chilli Raj, St Albans

Chilli Chutney, Streatham

The Third Place, Shrewsbury

Mint and Mustard, Cardiff

The Royal Spice, Peterborough

Bombay Blues, London

Spice Lodge, Cheltenham

The Spice Bazaar, South West England

Azad Manzil Restaurant, North West England

Pan Ahar Restaurant, Havering


Kareem's, Vale of Clwyd

Tamasha, Bromley and Chislehurst

Jalsagor, Herefordshire

Saffron, Leeds North East

Haweli Indian, Maidenhead

Lawthorn Farm Indian, Central Ayrshire

Shajan, Ribble Valley

Planet Poppadom, Great Yarmouth

Godalming Tandoori, South West Surrey

The Spice Bazaar, Totnes


See also[edit]