A Birmingham restaurant has been crowned the best in the Midlands at the ‘curry oscars’.

Itihaas in Fleet Street in the city centre won the Best Spice Restaurant Midlands category at the eighth annual British Curry Awards.

The Five Rivers A La Cartre in Walsall won the best newcomer award in the Midlands and more winners were announced for Scotland, Wales and the other English regions from 270,000 public nominations.

Organisers claim the British curry industry is worth £3.6 billion a year, boasting 10,000 restaurants and 80,000 employees.

Supporter Prime Minister David Cameron, who has attended past events, said: “It is often said that curry is Britain’s national dish – and it’s easy to see why.

"It’s not just the flavours served up in the thousands of curry restaurants across the country, it is the welcome too.

“Those who work in the curry industry enliven Britain’s high streets, boost local economies and contribute to local communities.”

The awards were organised by Enam Ali MBE and were presented by ex-Royal Correspondent Jenny Bond and comedian Rory Bremner.