Restau­rant back to its best

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Competition -

A RESTAU­RANT badly dam­aged by fire in Jan­uary has re­opened.

The Royal Spice, on the A28 at Bethersen, served more than 60 din­ers in what owner An­har Ali de­scribed as a “fan­tas­tic open­ing night.”

He added: “We have quite a lot of book­ings and there are 10 full­time staff and some part-time.

“The restau­rant looks much bet­ter than be­fore.”

The restau­rant, spe­cial­is­ing in In­dian and Bangladeshi cui­sine, closed af­ter the fire, which dam­aged one room and meant 30 cus­tomers had to be evac­u­ated.

Mr Ali said: “It’s been 10 months of hard work. I have spent a lot of money work­ing with the fire au­thor­ity and con­ser­va­tion peo­ple. It is a listed build­ing and dates from 1665.”

The cause of the un­known.

“It was com­bustible ma­te­rial,” said Mr Ali. “We can’t say it was a cig­a­rette, it could have been an iron or some kind of con­tainer.”

The Royal Spice can be con­tacted on 01233 820800.

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Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Owner An­har Ali at the Royal Spice soon af­ter the fire

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