EXCITED staff are keeping their fingers crossed their pub will be named the best take-away in the country.
Chang Noi, at the Nag’s Head in Bridge Trafford, near Chester, has been shortlisted for the Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards – held later this month at the BBC in London.
Running the pub is a family affair with Robert Splaine the owner, wife Vasana as head chef and daughter Jan as the manager. Jan, who has been in charge of the take-away aspect of the rural pub, said that the authenticity of their Thai and Asian food holds the key to its success.
“We are very excited, it’s a big thing for us. It’s the first time we have been involved with something like this and fingers crossed we can win,” she said.
“I think the nomination has come from the fact that we have recipes that nobody else has. My mother is the chef and some of our dishes are original.
“We also source our beef from local producers in Mickle Trafford and it is of the best quality.
“My father has always liked Asian food, he’s a big curry fan so it started from there.”
Mr Splaine met Vasana during a holiday in Thailand where his love of the country’s food became an idea for a business.
More than a decade later, the Splaines’ Chang Noi take-away could be about to claim the national prize later this month.
Chair of judges Raymond Blanc said: “The finalists are all, in their own way, truly inspirational people who are not only passionate about food but are also helping people in Britain to re-connect with their food”.