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Two of Portsmouth’s popular restaurants win national awards

August 30, 2022

Two of Portsmouth’s popular restaurants have won top awards. Natty’s Jerk in the city centre is the South East regional winner at the Uber Eats Awards 2022.  The Akash in Southsea has received the  award for South East restaurant of the year at the English Curry Awards.

Natty’s Jerk reached the finals of Uber Eats after securing scores of votes from customers.  Staff then had to cook a dish for contest judges Prue Leith (Great British Bake-Off) and Rachel Ama, a food writer and plant-based cook.

The Akash Indian restaurant were assessed on their food quality, customer service and overall dining experience, with member of the public voting for the winner.

Co-owner of the Akash, Faz Ahmed, said:

‘It’s an absolute honour – I’d like to think this win is testament to the quality of service and food we always strive for with each and every order.

‘My huge thanks to the Portsmouth people for voting and The Akash team for helping achieve this. It’s a quality we’ll certainly keep up.’

Over the years, The Akash has become a cornerstone of Portsmouth’s community. At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, staff provided free curries to workers at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, and took part in the Reverse Advent Calendar initiative that same year.

Natty Crutchfield, from Southsea, set up Natty’s Jerk in 2019 with his wife, Samantha, after they were at Victorious Festival and realised there was no jerk chicken on sale at any vendor.  His win has been championed by Portsmouth South MP, Stephen Morgan, who described Natty’s as a ‘much-loved’ city institution. The business moved to the city centre after a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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