A SOUTHAMPTON restaurant will battle it out in a prestigious competition to find the county's best curry house.

Kuti’s Brasserie will compete in the 2019 Tiffin Cup, an annual competition in which restaurants are put forward by local MPs.

Kuti's, based at Royal Pier, was nominated for this year's competition by Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith.

He said: "I am delighted that my nomination of Kuti’s Brasserie has been accepted and will take part in this year’s Tiffin Cup.

"This is a prestigious competition and I look forward to welcoming Kuti’s to the House of Commons, should they win the regional heat.

"I am sure everyone in Southampton will be rooting for Kuti’s to become Tiffin Cup 2019 champions."

The annual competition, now in its 14th year, involves South Asian restaurants from across the country battling it out for the prestigious titles.

MPs are asked to nominate a restaurant in their constituency, with 48 restaurants being nominated from around the country last year.

Nominated restaurants then enter a regional heat, with winners taking part in the final at the House of Commons.

This year's final will be held on July 2.

The competition was formed in 2006 by former MP John Barrett, Michael Fabricant MP and Keith Vaz MP.

Its aim is not only to applaud the quality of South Asian food in Britain but also to raise much needed money for charity

This year's competition raising money for World Vision – an international charity devoted to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children.

Last year, the Tiffin Cup was won by Redolence Spice, a South Asian restaurant based in Redditch in Worcestershire.