All of the votes have been counted and Rachel is now able to reveal Redditch’s entry for this year’s prestigious Tiffin Cup competition.

Back in October, the town’s MP asked residents to nominate their favourite South Asian restaurant or takeaway in Redditch.

Rachel received a large number of nominations with residents keen to see their favourite restaurant or takeaway recognised.

With all of the nominations counted, it can be revealed that the Rasoi Cottage received the most votes and has been crowned the Best South Asian Restaurant in Redditch.

After winning the vote, Rachel will now be submitting the Oakenshaw restaurant and takeaway as Redditch’s entry into this year’s Tiffin Cup competition.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Tiffin Cup seeks to promote the importance of South Asian restaurants throughout the UK.

Rachel said:

“Huge congratulations to the Rasoi Cottage. Having read the reasons why residents nominated them, it’s clear they’re very worthy of being put forward as Redditch’s entry into this year’s Tiffin Cup.

“I want to wish the Rasoi Cottage the best of luck for the competition, and fingers crossed they once again put Redditch only culinary map, just as Redolence Spice did when they won the Tiffin Cup in 2018.”

Rubin Ahmed, Founder of the Rasoi Cottage, said:

“The ethos of my business has always been to look after my customers as I have seen them as my extended family, especially through this pandemic.

“My Bangladeshi heritage is about providing the best hospitality you can. This is what I try to emulate in my food and customer service.

“My love for cooking has been from following my father around as a young teenager. My father owned his restaurant Balti Raj and Akash on the high street. I witnessed him build relationships with his customers and making the most delicious authentic food with love. This was the aim I had when I first opened the Rasoi Cottage.

“So, I’ve finally had my own place to showcase my talents in the kitchen and deliver excellent customer service. Cooking Indian cuisine has always been a passion for me, and I have tweaked traditional recipes over the years to put my own twists of flavour, making my dishes unique. These dishes have now become my best sellers. This has boosted my confidence and helped me believe in myself.

“My customers have been the back bone to my restaurant, and I believe I deliver them some comfort, especially through this pandemic. I must admit there have been some extremely challenging times recently, but my customers have been so supportive and kept reminding me how much they loved eating at The Rasoi Cottage. I simply could not give up.”