MP presents special award to Petworth restaurant

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert presented a special award to Indian restaurant Mystique Masala in Petworth on Friday (10 May). 

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The MP presented The Tiffin Cup’s ‘highly commended’ award to the restaurant’s owner Sanjay Jha and his team of chefs.  The restaurant serves authentic tandoor-prepared food amongst its many dishes.

The Tiffin Cup is a prestigious national competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the UK.  Nominations are made by local MPs.  One restaurant from each region is shortlisted, with a Grand Final cook-off held in the House of Commons attended by celebrities and special guests.  The event supports the fundraising for the World Vision charity.

Mystique Masala, formerly known as Meghdoots, was shortlisted for the national award from 81 nominated restaurants.  Each restaurant was visited by a secret diner who independently judged the food and experience.

Sanjay and his wife Mili credit their success to their team of fourth generation chefs from Mumbai, dedicated and hardworking staff, and the authenticity of true Indian food.  They celebrate Indian culture through ambience and hospitality and the ethos that every meal is a ‘feast’.

Sanjay Jha said: “On behalf of everyone at Meghdoots Mystique Masala, I am so grateful to receive the award from the Tiffin Cup Club and so pleased our MP nominated us and took the time to visit us to give us the award.  We take great pride in what we do to make every dining experience memorable by serving excellent food with the warmest hospitality.”

Mr Herbert said: “I am so delighted for Sanjay and Mili and their team, and I am proud to have their wonderful restaurant in my constituency.  The Tiffin Cup award is testimony to not only their delicious food but also their hard work and ambition to succeed in this industry.  I wish them continued success.”  



 1.    Photograph – Nick Herbert presenting owner Sanjay with the certificate and Tiffin Cup apron.

2. Mystique Masala is located in East Street, Petworth, GU28 0AB.  Telephone 01798 343217.

3.    For more information about World Vision, the charity for vulnerable children, supported by the fundraising from the Tiffin Cup events, see