AN AWARD-WINNING Indian restaurant and takeaway in Corwen has received a one-out-of-five food hygiene rating.

Abul’s Spice, at Central Court, The Square, was given the low score after assessment on September 12, the Food Standards Agency’s website shows.

The result is even more surprising considering the restaurant won ‘Welsh Curry House of the Year’ in 2015, was named ‘Best Indian Establishment in Wales’ at the 2016 Food Awards, and even featured on the BBC series Curry Wars.

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The business is run by the self-taught Abul Hussain, the chef-proprietor who rose from humble beginnings in Bangladesh.

Abul’s Spice’s new hygiene report rated its management of food safety ‘major improvement necessary’, its hygienic food handling ‘improvement necessary’, and the cleanliness and the condition of its facilities and building was rated ‘generally satisfactory’.

The business enjoys a solid reputation, with a TripAdvisor rating of 4.0 based on 267 reviews, the most recent from this month saying their experience was “excellent”.

Abul’s Spice was approached for comment.