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News & Views Curry house gas safety crackdown


Restaurants in the Surrey town of Woking have been targetted in a crack- down on unsafe gas appliances. Woking Borough Council has consequently imposed tough measures on premises with poorly maintained ovens.


Council officers inspected 32 Indian take-away and restaurant premises across the town and three of these were closed immediately due to the detection of gas leaks. Two more premises had equipment disconnected by engineers because they were of ‘immediate risk’ while another two restaurants were served with Prohibition Notices which immediately bans the use of equip-


ment/appliances because they were unsafe. In addition eight businesses were issued with Improvement Notices which requires premises to take action within a specified period of time


Letters were also sent to 21 spice restaurants explaining their legal requirements and making recommen- dations on good practice. This covered the maintenance of gas appliances, kitchen ventilation and safe lighting procedures for tandoor ovens.


Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, portfolio holder for food and health and safety, commented: “The level of enforce-


ment action necessary proves that this initiative was extremely worthwhile and has made the Borough a safer place for both employees working in these establishments and members of the public who visit them.”


Arzoo opens up in Oxford


A new restaurant called Arzoo has opened in the Oxford area known Jericho on the same site as Jamal’s, which closed last summer. This follows a £200,000 refurbishment


which has expanded capacity to over 180 diners.


The student community remains a key target market. A set menu is being


offered to groups of ten or more, and the restaurant will continue to run the BYOB policy which is popular among students, with corkage charged at £1 per head.


Ambrette set for expansion


Dev Biswal, chef patron of The Ambrette restaurant which has prem- ises in Margate and Rye, has revealed plans to expand the fine-dining con- cept to six sites in the South East and London, before embarking on a new business venture under a franchise model. Locations being reviewed are said to include Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Guildford, Surrey and Canterbury.


According to Dev, “We haven’t secured any sites as yet but we’re looking very closely at a couple of locations. The new restaurants will follow the same formula but they will all use local and seasonal produce, rather than importing everything.”


Spice Business Magazine


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January/February 2013


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