Former Merchant Navy man creates Indian takeaway in middle of nowhere
YOU’D travel miles for your favourite curry, wouldn’t you?
One chef has proved the theory, with what is surely Scotland’s most remote takeaway.
David Gill’s shack is doing a healthy turnover, despite being tucked away at the end of a single track forest road 27 miles from Oban.
Imagine how scunnered you’d be though if you got your curry home then realised you’d forgotten to pick up the poppadoms.
A LIFE-LONG curry fan has cooked up a new career – by turning his garden shed into one of the most remote takeaways in Britain.
Nestled in the trees, high above Loch Awe, beside a single track road 27 miles from Oban, Black Rock takeaway is as far removed from a crowded curry capital such as Glasgow that you can get.
But David Gill’s recipes, gleaned from Indian crew mates in the Merchant Navy, are tempting customers to drive the long road again and again.
After seven years at sea, David worked as a roving marine engineer. But he decided to follow his dream and cook for a living when a back injury forced him to give up his job. And with his shed sitting empty, he set to work transforming it into a takeaway, stocking everything from baltis and bhunas to vindaloo at £4 a time. David said: “Friends and family used to have one of my curries, say it was lovely and that I could sell them.” The 58-year-old, who lives near the hamlet of Inverinan, freezes his dishes for customers to reheat when they get back home. David, who is helped by wife Joanne, said: “We didn’t know how popular we’d become. A couple from Campbeltown (a three-hour-plus drive) are regular customers.” Joanne added: “As soon as people see the sign, they stop and say, ‘What is this? A curry shop – here!’”
SPICE OF LIFE David cooks one of his dishes and, above, shed that has become takeaway