Lochside garden shed is the place to head for a top takeaway curry
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.
David Gill’s secret curry recipes, gleaned from Indian crew mates in the Merchant Navy, are tempting return customers to drive the long and winding road to his door beside Loch Awe in Argyll and Bute. After seven years at sea, Mr Gill worked as a roving marine engineer.
Then, when a back injury forced him to give up his job, he decided to follow his childhood dream and cook for a living.
With a garden shed sitting empty, he set to work transforming it into a takeaway curry shop.
Black Rock stocks everything from baltis and bhunas, to vindaloo, at £4 a time.
Now the 58-year-old, who lives on the edge of the small settlement of Inverinan, where there are only 10 houses, freezes his dishes for customers to reheat when they eventually get home.
Mr Gill, who is helped by wife Joanne, said: “We didn’t know how popular we would become. Although it is quite seasonal, when the school holidays are on we get an influx of people from the holiday cabins at Dalavich.”
Distance is no object for the takeaway’s steady procession of loyal customers.
“A couple from Campbeltown (a three and a half hour drive from Inverinan) are regular customers,” said Mr Gill. “They take away a stack of curries every month.
“I think they drive here when they are doing their shopping in Oban.”
The takeaway, which is usually unmanned, uses an honesty box payment system, so it can operate seven days a week from 10am-10pm and the couple have never had anything stolen.
They take away a stack of curries