THE INDIAN FOOD SUCESS STORY
Indian food is one of the UK's great success stories. Every week 2.5 million customers eat in one of the almost 10,000 restaurants employing 80,000 staff, making the industry worth an estimated £3.6bn (according to Spice Business Magazine)
The number of Indian restaurants in the UK has grown steadily since the 1970's, from 1,200 in 1970 to 9,500 in 2015. (British Hospitality Association)
More than 8 out of 10 Indian restaurants in the UK are Bangladesh-owned; these are mainly concentrated in the Midlands and south. Cities such as Bradford, Manchester and Glasgow are mainly Pakistani, Kashmiri or Punjabi, giving some variations in food style, but the majority of Indian restaurants around the country offer similar menus that include what have become the main 'staple' dishes and the established meal formula of popadoms and pickles, starters, main courses, rice naan and (usually) draft lager.