Midlothian curry restaurants serve up free treats for our pandemic frontline heroes

Two of Midlothian’s top curry restaurants are giving out free food to those on the pandemic front line this week.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 12:05 pm
The Radhuni in Loanhead is one of the two restaurants offering the deal.

The offer by Radhuni, at Loanhead and its sister restaurant Itihaas in nearby Dalkeith is open to teachers, postmen and women, delivery drivers and supermarket staff as well as police, fire brigade and ambulance workers, NHS staff and care workers.

The curry and rice dishes will also be given to people employed elsewhere in the hospitality industry which has been especially badly hit by national lockdowns.

Instead of spending or saving the money themselves, the restaurants are using a new Government grant to fund the distribution.

The food plus a soft drink will be handed out from the restaurants today (Tuesday), Wednesday and Thursday (January 13 and 14) between 12 and 2 pm and 4.30 and 9.30pm, on production of valid ID to prove their job role.

There will be a vegetarian option also available for the deal.

Last year the two Indian-Bangladeshi restaurants donated £10,000 worth of free meals to NHS and emergency workers and care home staff.

They have also been raising money for national charity Children 1st by donating 25p from every takeaway.

Radhuni’s managing partner, 24-year-old Habibur Khan, became the youngest person to take home one of the major British Curry Awards last year when Radhuni was named Scotland’s best curry restaurant.

Last month he was also given the organisation’s Scottish Award for Most Outstanding Service during the pandemic.

“The past nine months have been tough going for restaurants throughout the UK,” he commented.

“Radhuni and Itihaas have already recognised the enormous efforts of our pandemic front line heroes and heroines in practical ways but felt we needed to go even further by giving them more nourishment to help keep up their energy and strength.”