James and Anna from The English Indian

An Armitage business has been named as one of four companies battling out to be named the top mobile fish and chip operator in the UK.

James and Anna from The English Indian

The English Indian is the brainchild of James Lant and his partner Anna Riley, who combined their love for food and India to develop the company.

Anna, who previously owned city centre fashion store Cure, and James, who worked used to work in sales, set up the business after deciding they wanted a career change.

Their first big break came when they became a key part of Birmingham’s popular Digbeth Dining Club.

“We’re extremely passionate about what we do and have worked really hard on getting our flavours textures right, using the freshest ingredients, and making our dishes unique,” James said.

“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved and to be recognised for it, makes it all worthwhile.”

Anna said the business had developed a fan base who regularly sought them out at events across the UK.

“Once we got the break we were looking for, everything seems to have fallen into place,” she explained.

“We have customers who follow us across the country to some of the events we are at and we have bookings for parties, festivals, weddings and everything in between.

Two years after starting out, we were also named finalists for the British Street Food Awards, so to also be chosen for the National Fish and Chip Awards is just a dream.

“We’re really excited to be included.”

The couple are up against Dodson’s Fresh Catch in West Yorkshire, The Fish Bar in Cheshire, The Little Fishy in Tyne and Wear and The Whiddon Wagon in Devon.

Anna said: “We’ll be proudly flying the flag for the Midlands at the awards ceremony in London at the end of January, and whatever the outcome we know the future’s looking bright, with plenty more plans for the New Year.”


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