POPULATION : 435,000 - 81% of the population refer to themselves as 'White' and 8.3% as Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani 

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Manchester is the seventh-most populous local authority district in England. Manchester lies within one of the UK's largest metropolitan areas; the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester had an estimated population of 2,562,200, the Greater Manchester Urban Area a population of 2,240,230

Evolving from a Roman castrum in a Celtic heartland, Manchester was the site of the world's first passenger railway station and many scientific achievements of great importance. Manchester also led the political and economic reform of 19th-century Britain as the vanguard of free trade. The mid-20th century saw a decline in Manchester's industrial importance, prompting a depression in social and economic conditions. Subsequent investment, gentrification, and rebranding triggered by the 1996 Manchester bombing changed its fortunes, and reinvigorated Manchester as a post-industrial city with multiple sporting, broadcasting, and educational institutions.

In 2002, the city hosted the XVII Commonwealth Games very successfully, earning praise from many previously sceptical sources. Manchester has twice failed in its bid to host the Olympic Games, losing to Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000.

Manchester today is a centre of the arts, the media, higher education and commerce, factors all contributing to Manchester polling as the second city of the United Kingdom in 2002. In a poll of British business leaders published in 2006, Manchester was regarded as the best place in the UK to locate a business

For a city once known as 'Cottonopolis' it's not surprising that there's many Indian restaurants in Manchester and the surrounding mill towns.

Whilst the bright neon lit Rusholme, or 'The Curry Mile' as it is better known, is celebrated as being the biggest collection of curry houses in the whole of Europe, the city centre itself also boasts some of the best Indian restaurants in Manchester.

Whether you're looking for fine dining Indian restaurants, bargain buffets, tradtional Halal cuisine or just a late night curry house, there are many Indian restaurants in Manchester to suit everybody's requirements.

Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Tandoori and Punjabi, Lahore, Bengali, Nepalese and Mughlai, traditional Indian and Anglo-Asian, Manchester has it all.


Manchester has always offered a varied curry restaurant scene from the up-market restaurants near the city centre to the excitement and colour of Rusholme and its Curry Mile. Recent years have see a lessening of number on the Curry Mile but is still a great centre for largely Pakistani cuisine and restaurants of all standards. Favourite restaurants include Akbars, Zouk, Desi Lounge, Moughli, The Pavilion 2, EastzEast Riverside, Bollywood Masala and Moon. Trip Advisor list 1038 restaurants in Manchester of which 40 are Asian although there are around 150 in Greater Manchester.


Four restaurants have been chosen with the help of your votes to represent Manchester for judging purposes.


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Team voted to represent Manchester for 2016 is :

Zouk Unit 5 The Quadrangle Chester Street M1 5QS Tel 0161 233 1090
EastzEast Riverside Blackfriars Street Deansgate Manchester Tel : 0161 834 3500

Selected other Indian restaurants voted for in Manchester : Namaste, Nawaab, Desi Lounge, Sanam, Forts of India, Rajdoot, Saheb, Kulshi, The Pearl, Akbars