Newcastle, Gateshead – 8th October 2023

Raval Indian Restaurant & Bar, a culinary gem nestled in the heart of Newcastle Gateshead, has achieved yet another milestone. We’re elated to announce that we’ve been named the ‘Best Indian Restaurant & Bar of the Year – Northeast’ at the coveted Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) 2023, held at the iconic Hilton Park Lane in London. This accolade, arriving close on the heels of our July 2023 triumph as the ‘Best Asian Fine-Dining Restaurant Outside London’, illuminates Raval’s commitment to culinary brilliance, not just within the Northeast but across the nation.


At the heart of Raval’s success lies the unwavering support of our community in Newcastle, Gateshead, and the wider Northeast . “Our achievements are a reflection of the love and encouragement showered upon us by our patrons,” expressed Nas Islam, Manager at Raval. “Coupled with the unparalleled dedication of our exceptional team, it’s this communal spirit that propels Raval to ever greater heights.”

The grandeur of ARTA 2023 saw a confluence of the UK’s culinary elite, distinguished MPs, dignitaries, and celebrities. The event was gracefully hosted by BBC presenters Samantha Simmonds and Paul Scully, MP, with notable attendance from Keith Vaz, former Minister for Europe.


Beyond celebrating individual restaurants, the event underscored the British Indian curry industry’s pivotal role in the UK’s socio-economic landscape. Annually contributing a staggering £7.5 billion to the UK economy and employing over 100,000 individuals, this industry is a testament to the rich culinary tapestry that establishments like Raval contribute to. Our recent accolade isn’t just a nod to our excellence but a celebration of the entire industry and the beloved British curry tradition.

With every award and every plate served, Raval sends out a heartfelt thank you to its patrons, its team, and to the vibrant curry industry that we are so proud to be a part of.


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Sarah Smith
Marketing Manager, Raval Restaurant
Email: Sarah@ravalrestaurant.com
Raval Restaurant, Newcastle Gateshead