BIRMINGHAM may be known for its baltis, but a pair of local Indian restaurants are flying the flag for the borough.
Things are hotting up at Lloyds, in Knowle, which has made the final stage of the British Curry Awards.
Lloyds is one of 15 Midlands restaurants to get on the shortlist and now faces a tense wait to see if it is one of the winners.
Its spicy dishes have won widespread acclaim and the restaurant boasts a number of celebrity customers - such as local businesswoman Karren Brady.
The High Street eatery will go up against premises in Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry.
Sir Trevor McDonald will be announcing the winners at a glitzy ceremony next month.
Meanwhile, in Henley-in-Arden, another restaurant has made waves in a separate competition.
Naya, which opened on the High Street in July, has been nominated as “best newcomer” in the Midlands Curry Awards – held at St John’s Hotel, Solihull, on November 1.
Owner Mohoshin Ahmed – who ran a restaurant in Ashby-de-la-Zouche – was delighted by the news.