A TOP tandoori is celebrating after it was the first Indian restaurant to be given a gold award for its food hygiene standards.

Frodsham Tandoori, Main Street, was given the Foodsafe award by Vale Royal Borough Council after it showed high levels of health and safety.

Owner Abab Miah said: “Winning the gold is brilliant. We are very proud of what we have achieved.

“We have been working very hard and the council has recognised that.

“It is all about hygiene. We have very high standards in the kitchens and in the restaurant and as far as I know we are the only Indian restaurant that has been awarded.”

Last January the 10-year-old tandoori was a finalist in the seventh annual ‘Rice and Spice’ competition, which was held at Mid-Cheshire College.

Cllr John Turnbull, lead councillor for community safeguards, said: “High levels of compliance in food safety and health and safety not only protect consumers and employees but also make good business sense. To do so demonstrates their commitment to their business and the people of the borough.

He added: “Environmental Health and Housing Services work in partnership with businesses to help improve and maintain standards and to reward those that go beyond legislative requirements, so it is an opportunity worth taking.”