A curry house “riced” to the challenge of cooking in the House of Commons.

Popular Indian takeaway Spice Zone, in Halstead High Street, has been crowned the best Indian restaurant in the Eastern Region in the prestigious Tiffin Cup.

The annual competition is awarded by a cross-party group of MPs, with each MP nominating the best South Asian restaurant in their constituency. Spice Zone was nominated by Brook Newmark, MP for the Braintree district.

The aim of the competition is to celebrate the quality and diversity of South Asian food in Britain and at the same time raise money for the charity World Vision.

After impressing judges at regional level, they were invited to take part in the final in the House of Commons last Tuesday where they cooked their speciality, Tawa chicken.

Managing director of Spice Zone Forhad Hussain said: “We are very, very pleased with the result and would like to thank our MP for the nomination and all our customers for their continued support.

“We hope to return again next year with the same success.”