Loanhead curry house prepares for garden return

Scotland’s top curry restaurant is finalising preparations to be one of the first in the UK to serve food in a garden setting this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.

Monday, 15th June 2020, 12:17 pm
Habibur Khan (centre) and Radhuni staff in the restaurant’s newly renovated food garden.
Habibur Khan (centre) and Radhuni staff in the restaurant’s newly renovated food garden.

The Radhuni in Loanhead will serve meals and drinks in its outdoor area, The Sanctuary.

To adhere to social distancing rules a maximum of six tables will be served at any one time with tight hygiene restrictions in force.

It was named best restaurant in Scotland at last November’s British Curry Awards in London, the latest in a string of accolades in recent years.

The Radhuni in Loanhead will serve meals and drinks in its outdoor area, The Sanctuary.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to give the go-ahead on Thursday for outdoor restaurants to open from this coming weekend.

After supervising the upgrade of Radhuni’s spacious garden area, managing partner Habibur Khan is hopeful that local people will soon be able to enjoy his restaurant’s award-winning food.

He said: “We believe we may be the only Indian restaurant in the Edinburgh area with a large outdoor seating area and one of only a handful of any kind in the whole of Midlothian.

“We are delighted to be able to offer customers one of the first opportunities in Britain to enjoy award-winning food outside their home in an informal, relaxed, comfortable and safe setting.”

Mr Khan and Radhuni staff have been busy recently putting the final touches to the restaurant’s newly renovated food garden.

Radhuni will operate a one way system with customers entering by the front door and leaving at the rear of the garden.

Bookings will be online only, with sittings six days a week from 12 noon to 2 pm, 5-7 pm, 7-9 pm and 9-11 pm, with adequate gaps between to allow table changes and check-out.

Staff will wear gloves and masks, sanitiser stations will be provided, and tilted parasols between tables will offer added protection.

Mr Khan became the youngest winner of a British Curry Award when Radhuni was named best restaurant in Scotland last November, and immediately dedicated the triumph to Carole O’Reilly, his waitress diagnosed with terminal cancer.

To making a reservation see www.theradhuni.co.uk.