The owner of a Bengali restaurant in Pitstone has spoken of his delight at being named the best Indian restaurant in the South East.
Shelim Ullah has run the Haldi restaurant on Marsworth Road in Pitstone for the last two-and-half-years.
On Sunday, November 16, he was present at the Asian Curry Awards 2014 held at the Hilton Hotel in Parkway, London, where the Haldi received the prestigious award.
As there was no national award for best Indian restaurant, it means this proprieter has came out on top.
Shelim, 39, said: “The customers really supported me and nominated me and I just couldn’t believe it.”
Asked how it came about, he said: “The judges came for a meal randomly one Friday night and then I got a call and a letter afterwards to say I’d been nominated.
“I was gobsmacked, I didn’t know what to say except thanks to the person who came in for the meal – it was a great feeling!”
Shelim, originally from central London, had many years experience working in restaurants around Bucks before going solo.
He said: “I’m there in the front of house and my team works really hard.
“I’ve got a very good team behind me and the local people in the village are very supportive. It’s a small community and I’m quite involved sponsoring the sport teams.
“I get customers from Aylesbury, Watermead – a village about 20 miles away – because of the food and the service.”
Besides delivering the best in dining experience, Shelim is keen to give something back to the community. The Haldi will be hosting a free Christmas meal for senior citizens on December 28.