TWO Keighley men who travel 120 miles every night to run a Lancashire takeaway have received a national accolade.

Ali Miah and Oly Uddin reached the top 10 in the takeaway section of the prestigious British Curry Awards.

The pair beat at least 20,000 entrants and became the only takeaway in the North of England to feature in the shortlist.

The long-time friends were in London last month for a night of Bollywood entertainment at the high-profile ceremony.

Ali and Oly, who were both born and grew up in Keighley, make a gruelling round trip every night to please customers at the Spice Touch in Carnforth.

Ali, 31, from Riddlesden, started out at his father’s Haworth eaterie aged 16, then worked in restaurant run by his family in Kendal in the Lake District.

He said: “I started part-time but I saved and saved, and at 19 I owned half the business. I started being manager and ran the whole show at the front.”

After opening a second branch in the Cumbria region, Ali broke away from the family business, teaming up with Oly to open the Spice Touch in Carnforth.

As well as drawing customers from nearby Lancaster and Morecambe, the Spice Feast delivers to many of the 42 caravan sites in the South Lakeland area.

Ali said: “It’s very nice here, especially in the summer. We want to expand – we might hit Yorkshire and we’re trying to go to Ambleside.”

Oly, who lives near Lund Park, said he and Ali had run the Spice Touch for more than four years.

He said: “We thought we’d do something for the Carnforth area. There are lots of takeaways in Keighley and Bradford already.”