It's National Curry Week!

The first National Curry Week took place in October 1998 and was founded by the late Peter Grove. His vision was to drive awareness and appreciation of the burgeoning Indian restaurant industry, whilst also raising funds for charity. The UK’s love of curry is stronger than ever, and National Curry Week continues to grow in importance every year.

Here are the top 10 Indian restaurants in Essex, as rated by Tripadvisor.

1. Jodhpur Indian Restaurant, Basildon


Ranked number one is the Jodhpur Indian Restaurant in Basildon. Visitors are told to ignore the "cafe-style" appearance of the restaurant as it serves "excellent authentic food that is flavoursome and the best I have had outside India".


2. Cinnamon, North Weald


Second in the list is Cinnamon, in North Weald. Reviewers praise the excellent, attentive staff and wonderful food.


3. New Delhi, Grays


This review sums up New Delhi: "Awesome food as always. Keep up the good work. Would recommend this takeaway to anyone living in Grays."


4. Kushi, Canvey


With 95 per cent of the reviews giving Kushi five stars, it takes fourth spot in the rankings.


5. Everest Gurkha Restaurant, Chelmsford


Tucked just off Chelmsford High Street is Everest Gurkha Restaurant. It serves authentic Nepalese food, which offers something slightly different to the usual Indian curry. Reviewers rate it for its "delicious" food at reasonable prices.


9. Redchillizes, Westcliff


If you are looking for something more authentic than your usual tikka masala (which many suggest actually originates from Glasgow), then Red Chilliezs should be your next restaurant for a curry. Staff are praised for being welcoming and guiding you through the menu.


10. Spice Masala, Ongar


Glowing reviews for Spice Masala's food and friendly staff secure the restaurant its tenth position slot.