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HOTTEST CURRIES SERVED TO SCOTS; England wimps out.

NONE like it hotter than the Scots, according to a new curry survey.

While we love to give our tastebuds a roasting, people in the south of England are spice wimps.

Glaswegians are the spiciest Scots, demanding the hottest curries on offer, followed closely by people from Edinburgh and Inverness.

All three cities left a host of English curry centres in the shade, say researchers who spent months scouring the UK for Britain's hottest curry.

Team leader Andy Brocklehurst said he was astonished by how hot Scots liked their Indian dishes.

He said: "At times we didn't know whether to call for water or a fire extinguisher."

Glasgow restaurant Bombay Blues, in Hope Street, was named Britain's hottest curry house.

Anyone who can finish their Infernal Tindaloo Double Chilli receives a Hot Curry Challenge certificate.

The survey, carried out for Tesco, found the UK's mildest curries are served in Cornwall and Devon.

Scotland's most exotic curries are at the Caledonian Curry Company in Bonar Bridge, Sutherland.

They serve venison vindaloo, rabbit rogan josh and blackface bhoona.

Traditional chip shop suppers have been left trailing by the 50,000 curries devoured in Scotland nightly, a love affair which dates back to the first Scots-made curry in 1791.

According to the 2001 Good Curry Guide, the Britannia Spice restaurant in Leith, Edinburgh, boasts Scotland's tastiest curry.

But for spice, Bombay Blues beats all-comers.

Manager Sohan Singh said yesterday: "I am not the slightest bit surprised that the Scots - and especially Glaswegians - like hotter curries than anyone else.

"It matches their fiery personalities."

THE FULL BHOONA

1. Glasgow

2. Edinburgh

3. Inverness

4. Wrexham

5. Newcastle

6. Manchester

7. Leeds

8. Birmingham

9. London

10. Bristol
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