Whether it's a special treat for a birthday or anniversary dinner, or if you're getting together with friends and family, us Brits love going out for a curry. Those looking to treat themselves to a Chicken Tikka have got plenty of options to chose from and over recent years the UK's dining scene has been flooded with different Asian restaurants. If your dish of choice is a lamb rogan josh or if you prefer a mild korma, there's a dish for everyone and the humble curry house has won a spot in the hearts of many. Getting your curry experience right is crucial, you need the right amount of poppadoms, onions and dips and then you even need to think of the perfect rice, will it be pilau or just boiled? But if you're struggling to decide to where to go for your next curry, help is at hand as the top restaurants and takeaways across the country have now been revealed. The awards are organised by the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) and see eateries compete in … [Read more...] about Britain’s best curry houses revealed: UK’s top places to tuck into a Chicken Tikka battled it out – but did your local make the list?
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Towns and cities Thermae Bath Spa, Bath One of the UK’s most dramatic spas (pictured above), this neo-Georgian building is wrapped in angular glass, with access to three naturally heated spring-fed pools. The spa can get busy, so go early and head straight for the rooftop pool for views across the city. The thermal experience floor includes a sauna, steam room and a “celestial” relaxation room. Make the most of the waters with a watsu treatment (£67) – a form of shiatsu massage in a private pool.Book it Spa taster sessions, including use of the spa and lunch or dinner, start from £48, thermaebathspa.comStay The boutique Queensberry Hotel has doubles from £100 room-only, thequeensberry.co.uk Kings Head, Cirencester Overlooking Cirencester marketplace, the Kings Head is a coaching inn dating from the 14th century, with a modern country-chic interior. The spa is in the vaulted cellar, whose tactile limestone adds to the dark, atmospheric space. The … [Read more...] about 30 of the best spas in the UK
A British teenager accused of lying about being raped has said her statement withdrawing the claims was "not in proper English" and there was "no way" she would have written it.The 19-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, told the court that police forced her to make the statement.She is on trial in Cyprus accused of causing public mischief by allegedly falsely claiming to have been raped by 12 Israeli men in Ayia Napa on 17 July.She denies the charge.The woman, who is giving evidence at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni, broke down in tears as she was cross-examined for more than three hours on Wednesday.According to her testimony, she was gang raped in a hotel room in the resort but 10 days later she says police forced her to retract the statement.Prosecutors say she willingly wrote and signed the statement, which was brought out in court.'Doesn't make grammatical sense'Giving evidence, the woman said: "This is not in proper English. This is in Greek English."I'm very well … [Read more...] about Ayia Napa: ‘False rape claim’ statement ‘not proper English’
The Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into a company run by a major Conservative donor who is one of the prime minister’s business ambassadors. Petrofac, which provides services to the oil and gas industry, is being investigated by the SFO over suspected bribery, corruption and money laundering. Its chief executive, Ayman Asfari, and his wife have given the Tories more than £700,000 since 2009, with the party receiving £40,000 last December. The Syrian-born businessman has been questioned under caution by the SFO, along with another member of Petrofac’s senior management team. Asfari is a member of the leader’s group, an elite set of donors who give the Conservative party at least £50,000 a year and are invited to join the prime minister and other senior Tories at dinners. As a business ambassador, Asfari can carry out meetings on behalf of the British government while travelling overseas and also lead trade missions. According to the … [Read more...] about Tory donor questioned by SFO over corruption claims at Petrofac
UK Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent @BBCDomC on Twitter 24 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49663001 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUnlawful Parliament suspension The Supreme Court has said … [Read more...] about What is the UK Supreme Court?