A CURRY house has picked up a national award.

Bengal Spice, in Junction Road, Burgess Hill, has won the Takeaway of the Year in Sussex award at the National Curry Awards.

At an event hosted at the House of Lords earlier this month, the restaurant picked up its accolade - along with other top curry houses across the country.

The restaurant, which has been running for more than 20 years, was one of several nominees from across the county.

Jaker Miah, pictured right with father Dobir, co-manager of Bengal Spice, said the members of the family-run business were over the moon with the result.

He said: “We’ve been going for more than 20 years so it’s nice to get that recognition. We are all delighted.

“We were the first proper curry takeaway in Burgess Hill, so locals know us quite well.

“My dad Dobir started the business and he is still the main chef to this day.

“Myself and my brothers Juber and Jamil co-manage the restaurant.

“There’s always a risk working with family but we’ve always maintained a strong bond.

“We were brought up in Burgess Hill so we are familiar with the area and have a good connection with people here.”

At the ceremony Jaker and his family mingled with MPs and guests as the awards were announced.

Bengal Spice was the only restaurant in the county to win an award.