From left, Latif Abdul and Anwar Ali of Downham Tandoori with Elizabeth Truss. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

A Downham Market restaurant has been named as highly commended by parliament’s Festival of Curry.

Downham Tandoori, in the High Street, beat off competition from other restaurants in the country which MPs had nominated.

The competition is run by the House of Commons’s Tiffin Club, founded by MP Keith Vaz and his parliament colleagues 13 years ago.

The club’s competition receives cross-party support and involves restaurants throughout the UK. 

The restaurants which reach the final 12 receive a certificate, a small prize and a donation for a chosen charity.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss presented the certificate to the restaurant last month.

She said: “The Downham Tandoori not only serves some of the finest Indian cuisine, but its owners and staff are active members of the local community. 

“It has raised thousands of pounds for charity during the past few years and customers travel many miles to enjoy the fine food and warm welcome that the Downham Tandoori has become recognised for.”