THE OWNER of an Indian restaurant was so overjoyed at being ranked the second best in the UK he is offering free meals to charity volunteers.
Last week the Observer revealed how The Chilli Tree in King Offa Way had leapt to number two on a list of the country’s best Indian eateries on popular ratings website TripAdvisor.
The site encourages users to post reviews of restaurants, hotels or tourist destinations they have visited and millions of people now use the service to plan holidays, trips or nights out.
And Chilli Tree owner Uddin Saleh was so over the moon at hearing his restaurant was near the top of the charts he decided to spread the joy and begin offering free food to volunteers.
Speaking earlier this week he said: “To mark the achievement I would like to invite all charity staff in on each Sunday for Sunday lunch for their volunteers.
“The food will be provided for free with the only exception being that people pay for their drinks.
“I will visit all charity shops in Bexhill, Sidley and Little Common and invite them to book a Sunday – only one charity per Sunday, in that way every charity shop and its volunteers will be represented and treated.
“By doing this I will be able to give something back to the people in the local area.”
And Mr Saleh also said his restaurant was now an NVQ skills centre meaning local people looking to train in the hospitality or catering industries will be given the chance to learn and develop new skills at the restaurant as part of a training course.
He added: “I hope we can create a better understanding about different cultures and our cosmopolitan society by encouraging people of all ages to take part in something which is beneficial for everyone and creates jobs for local people.”
For more information on the charity volunteer free lunch or the NVQ training opportunities, ring Mr Saleh at the restaurant on 01424 218111.