Scotland’s Curry Restaurant of the Year is getting ready to welcome customers indoors for the first time this year. But the Radhuni at Loanhead has also given their alfresco-seating area a flowery facelift.
“Our gardening team have done a magnificent job of transforming The Sanctuary into an outdoor haven which is the perfect place for al fresco dining or a a few drinks with friends,” said Habibur Khan, Managing Partner at Radhuni.
A colourful palette of shrubs and hanging garlands now frames the outdoor seating area, which has been popular due to it being the only part of the restaurant where customers could enjoy alcohol with their meal.
Although Habibur described the outdoor area as “Mediterranean”, be rest assured that powerful heaters do keep any cooler, more Scottish, temperatures at bay.
The 120 seat restaurant, which also won the 2020 Scottish Award for Outstanding Community Service during the pandemic, will start serving customers indoors with alcohol from Tuesday 18 May as the Government relaxes Covid-19 restrictions.
Habibur added: “We have a great team here and are looking forward enormously to welcoming customers indoors and outdoors from 18 May onwards.
"Staff are regularly tested, sanitation procedures are extensive, and cross-contamination is rigorously avoided. We want all customers to have the best and safest dining experience.”
Last year Radhuni and its sister restaurant Itihaas in nearby Dalkeith donated £10,000 worth of free meals to NHS staff, and earlier this year gave away 3,000 takeaway meals to more pandemic frontline workers.
Staff and customers also raised more than £1,200 for the charity Children 1st after donating 25p from each takeaway meal.
Radhuni, in Clerk Street, Loanhead, is open from 12 to 2 pm and 4.30 to 10.30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 2.30 to 10 pm on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.