POPULAR Redditch Indian restaurant, The Essence of Bengal, has finished runner-up in this year’s hotly-fought Tiffin Cup.

Now in its eighth year, the competition celebrates the best of South Asian cuisine.

Mrs Lumley, who recently visited the restaurant to congratulate everyone, said: “I am delighted that The Essence of Bengal, Redditch’s proud entry in the Tiffin Cup 2013, has finished runner-up for the West Midlands in the annual event, and it was a great pleasure to celebrate the award with Amin.

“The competition for this prestigious event is extremely steep and to have finished as one of the nation’s runners-up is an excellent achievement and showcases South Asian cuisine here in Redditch.”