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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S Congregation gets curry lesson


A VICAR in East Shields, the Rev David Huntley recently invited chefs from Monsoon Indian Cuisine to his church, St Lawrence the Martyr, to show the congregation how to create chicken bhuna. The vicar says, “We learned a lot about Indian cooking, different spices, and how to combine them to create great food. It was a fantastic meeting of two different communities.” The chefs also encouraged people to have a go


at cooking, and answered questions on subjects ranging from spices to restaurant life. n


BEWARE OF NON-PAYERS


A PRESTON restaurant owner has been left severely out of pocket after a group of 18 diners got up and left after refusing to pay their £770 bill. Jay Aktar, owner of the East Z East restaurant, said this was the second occasion in as many months that a similar thing had happened with a big party and he is worried that it might be the start of a trend for groups to try and


get away without paying for the food they have eaten. Lancashire Police


were made aware of the latest incident and contacted the person who made the booking, who told them they had not been happy with the service they received and that the manager asked them to leave. As no offence was committed it seems it is a civil dispute and not a police matter. n


LIME MAKES RIVALS


GREEN WITH ENVY A NOTTINGHAMSHIRE restaurant, Lime, has stolen a march on its local curry rivals by being added to the prestigious Michelin Guide for 2014.


Lime owner Shahid Rana said: “We’re blown


away to be one of just two Indian restaurants in Nottingham to be now included in the 2014 Michelin Guide. It’s a great achievement for Lime to be recognised in the highly competitive Nottingham Indian restaurant scene.” n


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THE owners of a restaurant in South Shields are pressing on with a £100,000 expansion. Radhuni in Ocean Road is to double in size after moving into the site of a former bookmakers, raising its capacity in the process from 44 to 90 customers. Brothers Kamal and Kowsar Choudhury, who run Radhuni, say they have been encouraged to make the investments because of plans to carry out a series of environmental improvements to Ocean Road, including tree planting, building improvements and better parking management. Kowsar says “The street is going to be a much more attractive place to visit once the work is completed, and there’s also free parking at the back of the restaurant, which helps us too. This expansion is very exciting and I think things in the town are looking up generally.” n


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