About Regency Spice
Indian Restaurants are firmly entrenched in British cuisine and there are reportedly now more than 10,000 in the UK although 21st century décor and ambience are different from the days when Auf Wiedersehen Pet’s Oz declaimed curry as being the national British dish!
Modern Indian restaurants have exchanged lager, chicken tikka masala (actually an Anglo-Bangla creation, concocted for English palates by some of the first curry house owners in England) and flock wallpaper in favour of designer dining rooms and posh cuisine.
A couple of them even have Michelin stars. Sake Deen Mahomed, an Indian who had married an Irishwoman, opened the first Indian restaurant, the Hindustani Coffee House in London, 200 years ago this year. In its early days, it was distinctly upmarket. Edward VIII frequently dined there when he was Prince of Wales, and the night after the boats from India berthed at the London docks, there was always an influx of maharajahs.
In the current "credit crunch" however, takeaways are more popular than ever and as ‘staying in is the new going out’.
What better way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Indian food in Britain than by ordering up your favourite curry and sharing an evening of fun and friendship at Regency Spice.
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