Festive gift from Penicuik restaurant

Babu-G restaurant, John Street, Penicuik

Babu-G restaurant, John Street, Penicuik

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Staff at a Penicuik restaurant are hoping to bring some festive cheer to the local community.

Babu-G, the Indian restaurant, is John Street precinct is laying on free takeaway meals on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the homeless and disadvantaged.

Between noon and 2pm, the meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Manager Sam Ibrahim said: “We are doing this from the goodness of our heart. We feel there is a lot of people out there worse off than us and there are people home alone and people who don’t have anything.

“We just want to give something back to the community in Penicuik.”

The Christmas gift will consist of lentil soup, a turkey dinner, mince pie, soft drink, Christmas cracker and Christmas card. The January 1 food parcel will contain homemade soup, stovies and a soft drink.

Mr Ibrahim added that any festive food parcels not taken up will be handed on to the Salvation Army. He also plans to donated leftover food from the restaurant’s Sunday buffets to the charity.

Babu-G, which opened in May, already supports one of the town’s foodbanks, donating hot food to the centre run by the neighbouring Sacred Heart RC Church