AN AWARD-WINNING curry house popular with stars like Take That and Cliff Richard was closed down after health inspectors discovered it was crawling with cockroaches.
The Maharaja in Birmingham has fed a long list of famous names in the past 41 years, including former PM John Major and local stars Jasper Carrot and Black Sabbath rocker Tony Iommi.
In 1996 it was named the UK's Best Indian Restaurant in the Egon Ronay Awards.
But its celeb clientele were forced to get their korma fix elsewhere after the eaterie was closed down by environmental health officers.
An inspection of the city centre restaurant found it was overrun with cockroaches.
Investigators even found the bugs hiding in a sieve and their faeces in an open yoghurt pot.
The Maharaja was closed down for several weeks and owner Nachhattar Batt, 69, ordered to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court.
Prosecutor Tharan Biring told the court inspectors were stunned by what they found - revealing Batt had been warned in the past that he had an insect infestation.
Batt admitted two counts of breaking hygiene regulations and was fined £2,000.